April in retrospective: A handful of great local releases
As we wave goodbye to April and say hi to May, let’s reflect on what an interesting month it’s been for the Brisbane music scene. Here’s some hand picked goodies from April.
Hatchie – Sugar & Spice [4th April]
Released on the 4th of April was ‘Sugar & Spice’ by Brisbane’s very own Hatchie, who has been making some pretty serious waves recently ever since the release of her first track ‘Try’ back in 2017. ‘Sugar & Spice’ is full of all the reverb laden, glossy guitars that we’ve come to expect from the 24 year-old singer.
Hatchie’s Sugar & Spice EP is out the 25th of May and is set to feature some great tracks that I’ll probably have on repeat.
Terra Pines – Kidult [4th April]
Terra Pines’ single ‘Kidult’ is layer upon layer of buzzing guitars, chugging rhythms and washed out sounds that produces a fantastic slice of grungy shoegaze. The Brisbane trio are championing a noise rock sound that I can’t wait to hear more of. It’s really good stuff.
Sid’s Balcony – Before You Forget [5th April]
The debut single from Sid’s Balcony is a very cool mixture of delicate instrumentals, chimey guitars and whimsical vocals which is a captivating introduction to the Brisbane four-piece. If ‘Before You Forget’ is any indication, then Sid’s Balcony has serious potential and I’m excited to see what they put out next.
Nice Biscuit – Fairfield of Dreams [9th April]
Brisbane psychedelic six-piece Nice Biscuit have really hit the nail on the head with their latest release ‘Fairfield of Dreams’. The track is a mind melting kaleidoscope of sounds with it’s chugging guitars and ethereal vocals drawing parallels with King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard but standing alone. The track contains traditional elements of psychedelic rock with the occasional pinch of garage. It’s really, really good.
WHALEHOUSE – Sexy Whale Beach Party (13th April)
WHALEHOUSE (all caps) are a three-piece all female punk band that are nothing short of a staple in the Brisbane music scene. They’re known for their ferocious live performances and having a damn good time. Their debut single ‘Sexy Whale Beach Party’ is full of the endearing weirdness that we’ve all come to expect from the trio. It’s brash, bold and full of energy.
Fragile Animals – Which Comes First (22nd April)
The Sunshine Coast’s Fragile Animals have delivered another tasty piece of melancholic indie-rock with ‘Which Comes First’. The shimmering guitars paired with the pleasant vocals of Victoria Jenkins are a winning combination.
Hatchie – Sleep (25th April)
Another one from Hatchie tying up the month of April with ‘Sleep’ off of her upcoming EP. Reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins, the layered vocals, bright synth lines and dreamy guitars are an absolute treat. ‘Sleep’ is like a daydream, satisfying and totally addictive. Hatchie is one of the most refreshing acts to come out of Brisbane in a long time.
April saw a good variety of music and some really solid hits coming out of Brisbane. So far 2018 has been a pretty good year for music and from the momentum we’ve seen so far, there’s plenty of time for more goodness. Expect to see another one of these in four weeks time with the some of the best of May.