Oz finest Spookyland are playing SXSW this Thu 17 March –
Reveal new track Big Head
Playing SXSW and dates with Jake Bugg
Debut album Beauty Already Beautiful out May 6th
through Play It Again Sam
“Sydney-based quartet set to be among the most talked-about acts at SXSW” – Consequence of Sound
“The Australian combo’s frontman, Marcus Gordon, has one of those voices that turns even the
most straightforward music into something inherently weird, a quivering nasal warble that both
sets him apart as a human alien and pegs him as part of a long lineage of iconoclasts.” – Stereogum
“Is there anything more exciting in music than how fluid a band can make their sound? Sure, if a band commits to something strict it can be very impressive, but seeing something turn from one movement into the next. A band that does it in spades is Spookyland” – Noisey
On the eve of their arrival back in the states, Sydney-based quartet Spookyland have shared new single Big Head along with details of their appearances at SXSW the band will also be supporting Jake Bugg for his Chicago and New York dates and playing a headline show in New York.
A marked progression from their debut Rock & Roll Weakling EP, Big Head is an impressive showcase of Marcus Gordon’s striking vocal and distinctive lyrical style.
Speaking of the track, vocalist Marcus Gordon says:
“’Big Head’ is giving gender tradition a little rattle, but as the bald face love song, not the straight-laced facebook post. I was trying to celebrate the promiscuous woman; raise up some kind of female James Dean.”
The band last visited Europe in 2014 following a successful trip to New York for that year’s CMJ Music Marathon.
Upon returning home, the band – already recipients of much acclaim from the Australian media, stepped back to concentrate on writing new songs providing the backbone of Beauty Already Beautiful. An appearance at 2015’s Lollapolooza in Chicago – hailed by Consequence of Sound as one of their Top Ten acts not to miss– afforded the band time to head off to ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska; home of producer Mike Mogis and location of recent recordings of First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis and Bright Eyes amongst others. There they recorded the album with Sydney native and long-time collaborator Tony Buchen at the helm.
Beauty Already Beautiful will be available through Play It Again Sam on CD, vinyl and digital
Spookyland will be playing live at:
Mar 16 – Buffalo Billiards // 9pm – 9:40pm (ICM Partners)
Mar 17 – Latitude 30 // 12am – 12:40am (PIAS)
Mar 18 – Brush Square Park (East Tent) // 4:35pm – 5:00pm (Sounds Australia AUSSIE BBQ)
Mar 19 – Chicago, IL – The Metro (supporting Jake Bugg)
Mar 21 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (supporting Jake Bugg)
Mar 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Marcus Gordon (vocals), Liam Gordon (guitar), Nath Mansfield (drums), Nic Malouf (bass)