Singles Spin #9

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So what’s the latest singles in Singles Spin #9? Check out the latest from:

Brandishing polished rock melodies, yearning vocals and tight execution of modern rock and indie sounds, Sydney’s Polymer debut their new single Believers. Taken from the band’s forthcoming debut LP Zealots Box and ensuing NSW shows, Believers is a striking example of the band’s versatility and ability to couple the harder hitting, Queens of the Stone Age-esque sounds on Zealots Box, with music that showcases vulnerability and emotional relatability.

“We were once believers,” Semrani sings, his voice echoing and threading through a solid combination of melodic rock a la Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. The delivery of the lyrics and melodies offer moments of optimism, as Semrani leads the listener out of a darker narrative.

I OH YOU are elated to announce the return of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Brightness (Alex Knight).

“Wilted on a Murphy bed with 3:10 glowing Kubrick-red and Robert Tilton on TV”, so goes the stark opening line to Dallas, the heady new single from the Newcastle artist.

Recorded in upstate New York with producer Sam Gri?n Owens (Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen, Sam Evian), Dallas is – by Knight’s description – “a song about being spiritually hungry…the volatility and fragility of being in that state.” Its slanting melody, baritone guitars and erratic squalls dunk you in this cloudy space for the bulk of its duration, then slowly lifts you out in its final phrases to the sound of rapturous falsetto and luminous French horn.

“I wrote ‘Dallas’ when I was living alone in my brothers garage.” says Knight. “It’s probably hard to tell, but I was listening to a lot of Springsteen at the time. I was inspired especially by his ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ record…the themes and overall tone etc. I’d pretty much razed my life to the ground, and was intent on looking upwards…looking outwards.”

Best known for their distinctly Australian storytelling and gifted musicianship, Busby Marou, AKA Tom Busby (hailing from sunny Queensland) and Jeremy Marou (from the beautiful Torres Strait Islands), today share their brand new single Over Drinking Over You, the first taste of their fourth studio album The Great Divide, due for release this September.

“’Over Drinking Over You’ is a song about when fun habits stop being fun. The symptom is a broken heart and the medicine is the whiskey to endure it.”

UK superstar in the making Sam Fender today releases his brand-new single, Will We Talk? the final single to drop ahead of his forthcoming debut album – Hypersonic Missiles – which is set for release September 13 via Dew Process and Universal Music Australia.

Will We Talk? is a heady blast of high-octane, melody-packed, smash’n’grab rock’n’roll that launches from the traps at full pelt and doesn’t relent until the guitars and a string-section subside three minutes later. It’s quickly become a signature tune for fans at his live shows and heralds another anthem to add to Sam’s sharp slew of them.

BANKS teamed up with co-producers BJ Burton (Bon Iver) and Francis and The Lights (the musical project of Francis Farewell Starline, who is also known for his collaborations with such artists as Kanye West and Chance the Rapper), to record new song, Look What You’re Doing To Me. In addition to playing piano, Francis joins BANKS on vocals.

“‘Look What You’re Doing To Me’, which debuted with Annie Mac as the Hottest Record in the World on her BBC Radio 1 show, is a song about love. “About falling in love, being in love and how you feel when you’re high on love,” says BANKS. “Vibrant, scared, on fire, excited, and all the goodness in between.”

Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets share the raucous video for their latest single Hymn For A Droid, lifted from their recently released album And Now For The Whatchamacallit. Filmed across their recent storming UK/EU run, the video contains footage from their Glasgow, Liverpool and All Points East festival gigs and displays the absolute force of nature that is a Psychedelic Porn Crumpets live show. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets today also announce that they will be supporting Royal Blood on their upcoming UK tour dates at Dundee’s Caird Hall and Nottingham’s Rock City this August.

Dope Lemon aka Angus Stone releases his second studio album Smooth Big Cat via BMG Australia. To celebrate the release, Dope Lemon shares the unforgettable video for Give Me Honey. Over the next week, Dope Lemon will make a series of in-store appearances and album signings in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Fans can also score a lemon head for life, as Angus shouts free tattoos in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth today.

New track, Give Me Honey is a peachy ride glowing with groove and swagger. Watch drag queen Callum Lawson steal the dreamy spotlight in the visual accompaniment, captured by Award-Winning Director and Cinematographer Stefan José.

German talent by the name of Leony, who has written an impressive feel-good pop record More Than Friends. More Than Friends was written about a relationship in which the strong feelings two people have for each other are mixed up with commitment issues.

On top of writing her own music, she’s spent much of her time writing and collaborating with The Kennel (The Chainsmokers, The Veronicas), Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Cindy Lauper), Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera), writing over 160 tracks in recent years. We’re really excited to be working with her, and already working towards even more new music to come later this year.

The Rubens are back in a huge way with the release of their new single, Falling Asleep At The Wheel – a collaboration with provocative US punk-hip-hop star, Vic Mensa.

Frontman Sam Margin explains how the track came together:
“We wrote this track in LA earlier in the year and immediately fell in love with it. We wanted to make something out of the box musically and really push the song into new territory for us as a band. I’ve been a fan of Vic Mensa for a while now and think he is one of the most interesting and creative forces in hip hop right now. As luck would have it his guitarist somehow got his hands on the tune and spun it for Vic. Few days later I’m back in LA with Vic putting down his vox at his Silver Lake studio. He nailed it, and next day I was looking over the Pacific Ocean again.”

“The Rubens are fantastic — was honoured to jump on this track. Look out for the boys coming to the US with a big wave” – Vic Mensa

Bishop Briggs, who has a huge 1.5 Billion Global streams under her belt, has released her new single Champion along with a brand-new video (directed by Tim Mattia, known for his work with The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots) which was broadcasted on MTV Live, mtvU, and on the iconic Times Square Viacom billboard.

“‘Champion’ is a song that I wrote when my self-esteem was at an all-time low. As a woman, I feel like I have been socially trained to be so many things at once – sexy yet sweet, confident yet humble, independent yet submissive, smart but not too smart – the list is never ending. Writing this song helped me look at the question – what if I could just be myself? What if there was a world where my vulnerability was what made me powerful? What if there was a day I could proudly, without hesitation, look in the mirror and say, “I AM A CHAMPION”, purely because I’m choosing to be myself? “Champion” is about accepting yourself today, as you are.” – Bishop Briggs

Off the back of the single reaching the coveted #1 most played song on triple j and six weeks off dropping her anticipated sophomore record, Montaigne is thrilled to release the compelling official music video for her single, Ready. Never one to shy away from political debate, the dynamic pop songstress’ latest offering is no different. Rallying the youth of today and our future leaders and innovators, the video clip showcases Montaigne leading the pack as they prepare for the revolution amidst the global climate crisis.

Ready is undoubtedly Montaigne’s most anthemic single to date, a heartfelt call to arms, and a soundtrack for activism. There’s an undeniable element of pop to this song as Montaigne’s soaring vocals elevate the chorus, and the irresistible hook “I think I’m ready to go, I think I’m ready,” cycles like a mantra around shifting drumbeats.

Previously unseen, candid images of Catfish and the Bottlemen in the studio, on the road and enjoying down time feature in the video for Conversation, the latest single to emerge from the band’s third album, The Balance – out now via Island Records / Caroline Australia. The video blends shots from the band’s private archive to create an intimate portrait of life in one of Britain’s most-successful and tight-knit bands.

Produced by Trunk Animation, who also created the 2018 animated promo for The Beatles’ Glass Onion, the short film animates and treats photographs with swathes of colour – an exciting change in visual approach for the typically monochromatic quartet.

Sydney rock outfit PLANET mark the beginning of a new chapter, working with Australian indie label stalwart Dew Process to release their brand-new single, Never New.

The new single is a vibrant, effervescent song that feeds from the energy of everything they’ve released in their career so far, while shining like a guiding light on their future. Its head bopping, tambourine-shaking rhythm instantly casts it as a live set highlight, as lead singer Matty Took’s voice soars through zooming guitar riffs and angelic synth chords that sing out like a choir, to once again reinforce that cosmic quality that is quintessentially PLANET.

Grammy-nominated, Gold-selling metal heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just shared new song, I Am Broken Too. Listen and watch the lyric video which features singer Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics.

The band will donate a portion of the proceeds from the song to Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based non-profit organisation that focuses on suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through the use of music and art.

“This song is very near and dear to my heart,” Leach explains. “I wanted the listener to feel the urgency, the heaviness of the topic as well as a possible connection. Many people suffer from mental illness in one form or another. I want nothing more than for people to feel like they are not alone in this struggle. There is always someone there to help, to listen, and to be there for you. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your brokenness consume you. Broken can be fixed, or at the very least, maintained. No one is alone in this fight.”

With almost 3 million streams across three singles, Sam Bluer has stamped himself as one to watch, an exciting new force in the global pop landscape. The Melbourne based singer/ songwriter, whose musical calling card is pure, playful and performative, has just dropped a new single and video, NAUGHTY, and it’s bound to win over a legion of new fans.

NAUGHTY, co-written by Bluer with MUKI and Phebe Starr and produced by Sam Sakr, is a joyously deviant coalescence of in-your-face sonic surges, futuristic soundscapes and percussive slaps that make you want to do something inexplicably naughty. The deliciously concocted dancefloor-ready arrangement stomps its way through taboo subject matter such as infidelity and self-sabotage and positions Bluer as an artist who makes universal pop.

Global superstar Sam Smith has released his new single How Do You Sleep? alongside accompanying video – out now via EMI Music Australia.

Teaming up with world renowned songwriter/producer Max Martin as well as Savan Kotecha and ILYA, Sam Smith delivers another slice of pop perfection. How Do You Sleep? sees Sam’s signature vocals soar above the dreamlike production from ILYA (for MXM Productions) before the song explodes into the dance fuelled chorus. The stunning video which was also released today is directed by Grant Singer and choreographed by Parris Goebel.

Speaking about the new single, Sam Smith explains “This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free. More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance darlings x”

Hot off the heels of a whirlwind European festival run that saw the band headline major stages in the UK, Russia, Ukraine, and Czech Republic, and ahead of the West Coast leg of their headlining tour in North America, Frank Iero And The Future Violents have just released a video for their song, Great Party. The song is a cut from their brand new record Barriers (released May 31, 2019 via UNFD). This is the second music video to be released from Barriers, following the video for lead single, Young and Doomed earlier this year.

“Sometimes when you write songs for an album you have a hard time placing where they should go in the tracklisting, or what would be a good visual representation for them. Other times it’s like the universe opens up its playbook and tells you exactly how every piece fits into this giant puzzle,” Frank says about the new video. “I knew immediately when we finished writing ‘Great Party’ that it needed to be a single off the record and that we needed to make a video for that song. when I wrote the treatment for it I could see the whole thing playing out in my head, and I knew that our friends needed to be cast in it! I saw this weird gathering that you couldn’t tell if it was an AA meeting or the worlds bleakest birthday, and I knew our friend Dani from Surfbort had to be the one to light the fuse that would turn everything on it’s head. I really love this video, it may have turned out even better than I first imagined it.”

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