SUBURBAN Haze have never been a band to rest on their laurels and stick with a particular sound.
From post-punk to grunge to post-hardcore the Newcastle four-piece’s musical palette has been vast throughout their previous album and three EPs. All three genres are explored simultaneously in Suburban Haze’s new single Overhang from their forthcoming second album Wilt.
Wilt was recorded at Newcastle West’s Wood River Studio by American producer Jason Maas and follows the band’s 2014 debut LP New Coliseum and their two-track EP Silent, Go Home, released last October.
“We did a bunch of experimenting in the studio so some of the guitar sounds on that particular song are taken from a rewired old radio acting as a guitar amp,” said Suburban Haze frontman Paul Pickles. “We ran the guitar through that.
“In the second verse it goes into this 1950s beat-style passage, so we got the guitar to sound like something from that era. We used a wide selection of amps across everything to make each song sound different.”
Previously, Suburban Haze have collaborated with the likes of Rachel Maria Cox, Luke Monks and Pat Kindlon and for Overhang they called on good friend Ben Louttit from Newcastle band Safe Hands.
“We’re good friends with Safe Hands and like their recent release so we were looking on getting him onto the album,” Pickles said. “We thought that section suited his voice and it came together really well.”
Wilt is expected to be released in early August.
IF you love touring and can play bass guitar Raave Tapes want to hear from you. The Newcastle indie darlings are hunting for a new member in their rhythm section due to the impending exit of Joel Burgess.
The towering bassist is a founding member of the three-piece, alongside guitarist and vocalist Joab Eastley, but was unable to cope with the band’s increasing interstate touring commitments.
Burgess, who is committed until a permanent replacement is found, follows the loss of original drummer Jake Wyborn in January. Wyborn was subsequently replaced by Lewis Horne.
“The joke is we’re like Wolfmother and I’m Andrew Stockdale,” laughed Eastley.
Meanwhile, Raave Tapes have signed with Peking Duk’s booking agent Vita. Raave Tapes are Vita’s first rock band to join their stable, which contains predominantly electronic acts.
THIS Friday is an exciting one for Newcastle’s indie rock scene, with arguably two of the city’s best live bands dropping new music.
The Owls will release new single Jesus Let Me Fly, while dave unleashes their third EP, the seven-track YOCH! Bangers Vol. 1.
The Owls launch Jesus Let Me Fly on Saturday night at The Edwards, with dave, Nicholas Connors, Mahala Williams and e44444 on support.
EYES ON FESTIVAL
NEWCASTLE punk band Trophy Eyes have scored a coveted slot on the jam-packed Yours & Owls Festival.
Held at Wollongong’s Stuart Park from September 30 to October 1 the line-up consists of some of the best emerging Australian indie acts, plus established stars like Texan rockers At The Drive In.
The line-up includes The Presets, Illy, Dune Rats, Northlane, SAFIA, The Preatures, Bad//Dreems, A.B. Original, Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Holy Holy, Montaigne, Bec Sandridge and Gold Class.
Tickets for Yours & Owls are on sale from May 22.
Trophy Eyes will also play Snowtunes at Jindabyne on September 1 and 2. The two-day festival is the only event in Australia to combine music and snow. Gang of Youths, SAFIA, Drapht, Skegss, Tkay Maidza and Thelma Plum are also on the bill.
ED BY REQUEST
LEGENDARY Australian punk pioneer Ed Keupper is headed back to Lizotte’s on August 26, but this time armed with a special purpose.
The Saints and Laughing Clowns guitarist will be performing songs by request from his mammoth 50-album career, plus covers.
LOVE + Rent’s regular musical showcases at the Cambridge Hotel is taking on a decidedly Victorian feel on Thursday when This Way North support local band Hey Lady. This Way North are an Melbourne alt-folk duo featuring Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy, who recently released their second single Pressure.
IF you have a ticket for Busby Marou next Thursday at 48 Watt Street then you’ve also got the chance to catch Melbourne’s Teskey Brothers. The Motown revivalists will support Busby Marou during their tour of debut album Half Mile Harvest.