It's time for The Examiner's latest edition of Jam Sessions, where we check out some of the newest singles from across the state.
In this edition, The Buzz Kills are back with another new hit, Green Eyes, which continues a prolific year for the pop-rock duo having already dropped two singles since the turn of the year.
Also making an appearence is Cuban Heel, with their new track Coins, which as they will tell you is not about currency but a track tailor-made for driving down a completed Midland Highway.
The Buzz Kills
Green Eyes is the same, same but different from a Tasmanian band putting together a statement year.
The Buzz Kills's newest track carries that same loud, ferocious pace to it, which has become something of a signature for the duo but that's about where the comparisons to past works end.
Green Eyes is darker and more brooding than the previous tracks, somewhere between a mid-2000s punk rock ballad and modern-day dark-synth pop but it works.
Anthemic beats are within the bands wheelhouse, they proved that in 21st century mayhem, but now they're branching into more lyrically provoking areas.
"It's tied back to our general envy of people that live hugely successful rock and roll life. It's a think piece about a young band on the road struggling with fame and success," band member Nathalie Gower said.
Together Nathalie and Sam Haberle are continuously writing in the studio, which involves some intensive studio sessions to put it lightly.
"We can tend to find 10 hours straight writing and creating with no break or food, so we tend to listen and re-listen over the week ahead," Gower said.
"Then [we] revisit it, sharpen it up, go away and often one or both of us has a little brainwave that takes it next level."
The duo have been dropping music at a rapid rate, which all points to a new album due later this year, and fingers crossed, a tour.
"We've got a cracking line up of singles dropping steadily on a six week rhythm, leading into an album dropping in September," Gower said.
"We're pretty excited as we just got booked to play at one of Australia's most iconic rock and roll live music venues, Frankie's in Sydney, and shortlisted to contend in Melbourne for Airlie Beach Festival of Music."
For all that you could say about this track, the Buzz Kills never fail to surprise with an element of change and an addition of versatility to a band which is doing things their way.
You can bet something unique is in the works again.
The Tasmanian five-piece has continued to build on impressive releases with Coins, a track which should be getting a lot of airway love in the coming months.
With it's buzzing guitar rifts and the vocals of George Edmondson, it feels like Holy Holy has been reincarnated on the Apple Isle.
The drumming of Alex Quigley's pricks your ears, with the up tempo changes offsetting Edmondson's sickly-smooth vocals. This is a song with some strut backed by the confidence of a band which has found their sound.
If Coins is not about money, what exactly is it about?
"Funnily enough, the song has absolutely nothing to do with coins whatsoever. It's a bit of a play on words that I won't get into too much, but in short, Coins was named after two significant experiences I had in the last couple of years," Edmonson said.
"Coins is really about the concept of trying to pursue something that inevitably ends in failure, whether it be; love, a job, a goal or anything that requires a sense of risk or a leap of faith to some extent."
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The band was created with four guitar players at the beginning but some quick maths shows that four guitar players does not really work in any music unless you're smashing out a Guitar Hero session.
Rather than being insurmountable, it forced the band to grow their sound.
"We all have very similar tastes in music, but everyone has their own individuality that they bring to the table that makes our sound. Our band is made up of four guitar players and a trumpet player (Quigley on the drums), so we really gravitate to a wide range of guitar-centric artists," Edmonson said.
"We obviously realised that four guitars wouldn't work, so Nathan jumped on the bass at the start, and we later started to add keys/synth to our song writing."
We want to have the freedom to create music as it comes to us and we're always bringing new ideas to the tableCuban Heel
There is nothing worse than liking a song, only to find out the rest of band's discography is comprised of Himalayan-techno-folk music, so will where does Coins sit for Cuban Heel?
"Cuban Heel's sound has certainly evolved the last couple of years as we have introduced new instruments and sounds. Coins is certainly a direction in which our music is going in, although the dance all-to-the-floor style is something a bit different to our other work," Edmondson said.
"As a band we always try and experiment with new sounds. We want to have the freedom to create music as it comes to us and we're always bringing new ideas to the table. We try to take inspiration from all different genres, and then twist it into our own style.
Both songs are available on all major streaming platforms.
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