Old hats and new shoes. Los Dominados and Happy Lonesome have shared stages and floors around this town a few times before. This time it’s a Saturday arvo in the Tote beer garden for an autumnal rock’n’roll blitz.
Both bands have a swag of new material and records in the works. Come check out the new and the old.
After a brief hiatus the Laurels returned in 2019 with a new line up and entered the studio with Lachlan Mitchell to record their third album. Combining the energy from their live shows with their penchant for experimental recording processes, the record melds visceral post punk and dense synth soundscapes to create a dreamlike experience.
It is said that behind every strong man is an even stronger woman and growing up in East Kimberley, Dallas Woods was known only as Julie’s Boy. The legendary matriarch of their community in North Western Australia had raised her son on the storytelling of “Uncle” Archie Roach and had big expectations for her boy. And hasn’t he made her proud? Playing sold out shows across the country, appearing at Bluesfest, Groovin’ The Moo and supporting the enigmatic Sampa The Great and Baker Boy; the stratospheric rise of Dallas Woods is now set to continue with his new mini–LP Julie’s Boy.
Building on the million streams and counting of ‘Heaven of My Own’ and his viral earworm ‘If It Glitters It’s Gold’, Woods again brings his wicked concoction of blak humour, black humour and truth bombs, eviscerating clout-chasing imitators on ‘Vanilla Coke’ and ‘The Source’, whilst on ‘Moonboot Freestyle’ he takes it back to the street corners, dropping bars like his mates are beatboxing next to him. But the album’s centrepiece is ‘Grime’, produced by Jerome Farrah (who co-produced Kian’s monster hit ‘Waiting’), it’s a speed-rapping barrage of body blows that’s destined to be a future anthem loaded into every DJ’s Serato in the country.