Every month we round up the freshest new tunes coming out of the Gold Coast, just for you! Wrap your ears around these:
Believe in Mitch King
Mitch King had a big year last year. He sold out his first headline shows, tour internationally and had his single ‘Southerly Change’ debut at #2 on the iTunes blues charts. His follow-up track ‘Burning’ clocked over more than 1.5million streams on Spotify and reached #2 on the AMRAP charts. ‘Believe’ is the second single off Mitch King’s upcoming EP and its captivating video features stunning New Zealand footage with a grungy contrast between scenes from the south island and Auckland. ‘Believe’ is less bluesy than Mitch’s earlier releases, shining a spotlight more on his voice than his trusty guitar. It also shows his versatility across the blues and folk realms. It’s headed the same way as earlier tracks as well, clocking up some 65,000 streams on spotify since its release just a few weeks ago. Check out the new clip for ‘Believe’ at blankstreetpress.com.au/mitch-king-believe/.
Casey Barnes livin’ The Good Life
2018 Golden Guitar finalist Casey Barnes has released his new album ‘The Good Life’ which immediately rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Country Charts. It follows the release of his single ‘Ain’t Coming Home’ which has been added to commercial radio rotation. He’s had performances at the sell-out CMC Rocks festival outside of Brisbane, he’s got a bunch of shows with PBR Australia across the country and will hit Bleach* Festival on 31 March and Groundwater Country Music Festival in July as well. Check out the album everywhere: xelon.lnk.to/thegoodlife.
Bobby Alu will make you move
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Bobby Alu is back, baby. He’s got a new single and an epic run of shows across Australia and New Zealand. His new track ‘Move’, his first release since his ‘Bay Sessions’ EP nearly three years ago features snappy log drum rhythms which showcase his strong Polynesian heritage. There’s island-time uke, smooth harmonies and tight equatorial folk-stylings. To support the song’s release, Bobby and his band head out on a 20-date tour that takes in Wellington and the Bay of Islands Festival, Western Australia, Magnetic Island, Tasmania and basically the rest of Australia. Local fans get a double-treat with Bobby Alu also performing at Festival 2018 on 11 April and Gold Coast Music Awards on 3 May. Check out ‘Move’ at bit.ly/bobbyalumove.
Matthew Armitage delivers Love From Afar
Bluesman Matthew Armitage has released a rustic but beautiful new video for his latest single ‘Love from Afar.’ The low-fi offering, filmed at the old Tallebudgera Post Office on an iPhone provides a visual montage for the first track off Matthew’s upcoming album ‘New Tide’. The song is a redemptive tale of a lover done wrong, inspired by a time when the lines between gospel, hillbilly and blues were not so well defined. Matthew’s danceable blues riffs (which flow through to his own dance moves on the clip) will lead to serious foot stomping for all who listen. You can do so at http://bit.ly/lovefromafar.
Yonder find their Way
New Gold Coast outfit Yonder are ramping up for their debut single launch this month. The song ‘Way’ was written nearly a year ago and discussed the idea of uncertainty and incompetence in understanding eachother. The band worked with Fletcher Babb, Jared Adlam and Paul Blakey to bring it all together. The track will be released 3 April with the launch taking place at Currumbin Pub on 6 April. As well as catching Yonder live, you’ll also catch Kent Tonscheck, Gabrielle Lambe and the Harry J Hart Trio. Score!
Akova says You Can Have Anything
Akova’s new song ‘You Can Have Anything’ is catchy, I’ll give it that. One listen and I was humming that tune for hours. The track, whose video features beautiful Gold Coast imagery is a playful montage with husky vocals and a passionate call to let your inner self free. With lyrics that encourage listeners to “play like children… every day,” it’s a timely call to down tools and do what makes you happy. Check it: bit.ly/akova18.
YT Dingo’s hybrid approach to music
YT DiNGO (pron. White Dingo) is a music and dance hybrid project, spawned from the mind of Gold Coast choreographer and performer Travers Ross. Collaborating with five insanely talented local musicians and a worldly collection of inspiring dancers, the group’s shiny new song ‘Shipwrecked’ comes complete with a world-class video showcasing the project’s versatility. It’s the first in a trilogy of tracks with live shows expected to debut soon – and rumours of an inclusion in a mid-year Byron festival. Stay tuned. See the clip at bit.ly/ytdingoGC.
Machine Club helps us Wise Up
Gold Coast producer Machine Club AKA Brett Sellwood, is no stranger to making and performing music – but with ‘Wise Up’ – his first single as Machine Club – he’s delivered something a little off centre. It’s a daring mix of post-punk and heavy electronica – a divergent shift from the ambient electro sounds that Gold Coast artists have been delivering in heavy doses over the past year. There’s nothing minimalist about ‘Wise Up’. There’s mesmerising beats and deep synths. It’s the debut single off an upcoming EP and we’re pretty excited to hear what comes next. If you’re wondering how this all translates to the live setting, wonder now more. Machine Club is at elsewhere on Friday 13 April.
It’s Joy time for Banks of the Beautiful
Indie pop pair Banks of the Beautiful have released their second single ‘Joy’ ahead of their debut album ‘Unscheduled Departure’, due later this year. Their first single ‘Favourite’ landed at #51 on the iTunes pop charts. This track dishes up a classic blend of indie pop and electronica with Lou Star’s vocals harking back to an earlier generation of female frontwomen. There’s driving beats and soaring synths as well as catchy vocals which will make this a popular number on playlists. These guys are yet to debut their live show – which takes place Saturday 12 May at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse with tickets $15 at the door. Get your ears around ‘Joy’ now through all the usual digital outlets.
Find out where you can see this motley crew live, with our Gold Coast gig guide.