It’s time for another delightful quintuplet of the freshest tunes: Tim Lambert takes you through the dewy newies from Eilish Gilligan, Frank Turner, Middle Kids, Jake Howden and Peking Duk.
Eilish Gilligan, S.M.F.Y
It’s at 2:35 minutes into this song where you’ll find the pop moment of 2018. I know what you’re saying: We’ve only just ticked in February! You can’t be serious? To which I shall ask you to come back to me in two-and-a-half minutes time, when you will thank me, we will hug and then we will dance. To this song. Because I have it on repeat.
Jake Howden, I Don’t Love You Like I Used To
I hope you like the sound of bop architect Jake Howden’s new song I Don’t Love You Like I Used To, because chances are you’ll be hearing it a lot – from the opening run of that artful bassline to the distorted choruses, there is no doubting that this will be a hit.
Peking Duk, Wasted
A song titled Wasted by party boys Peking Duk… Oooooft, you just know this is going to go off. I don’t even need to say anything else; it’s sounds exactly as you hope it will. The much-loved duo also have a certified 100% platinum, banger back-catalogue of singles, so I know everyone else is going to love it too.
Middle Kids, Mistake
I’ve been spinning the Middle Kids EP from early 2017 literally non-stop since I received it (thanks for the gift, Ed). One of the most promising acts in Australia at the moment, the Sydney trio have announced their much-anticipated, much-hyped long player, and released its lead single. Mistake is the first cut from Lost Friends (out May 4 via EMI) and it’s every part the jangly, joyful but sullen, warm-in-the-belly, purposeful folk builder that I was hoping for.
“In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love/” singer Hannah Joy said of the upcoming record. “That’s so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, it’s worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from what’s going on.”
The group have also announced intimate one-off shows in Melbourne (Howler, March 19) and Sydney (Oxford Art Factory, March 11), before they’ll jet off overseas to continue their international domination.
Frank Turner, 1933
Punk mainstay Frank Turner has had a good week. He announced his return to Australia, a brand new album, and also released its lead single. 1933 is the incandescent call to arms that we have come to expect from the 37-year-old. His new record Be More Kind is set for release on May 4 via Universal. You can catch the punk icon accompanied by The Sleeping Souls in most capital cities in December.
Frank Turner’s Be More Kind Tour:
Saturday December 1 – The Triffid, Brisbane
Sunday December 2 – The Forum, Melbourne
Tuesday December 4 – The Basement, Canberra
Thursday December 6 – The Cambridge, Newcastle
Friday December 7 – The Metro, Sydney
Saturday December 8 – Capitol, Perth
Sunday December 9 – The Gov, Adelaide
May the 4th be with you.