If, like me, you’re in need of a power drill to get all those Christmas carols out of your head, no need to fret and do something you’ll regret later; The Belafontes are here to help.
The Melbourne-based, married-couple duo have delivered their new single and EP of the same name, ‘Roll On’, which effortlessly blends surf-punk bravado, infectious harmonies and the frenetic abandon of the early White Stripes catalogue.
As it kicks off, there is no screwing around with ‘Roll On’, feeling as if The Belafontes have burst into your lounge room and started jumping up and down on your favourite sofa. Lead vocalist Jess Belafonte produces delicious earworms that will bring out your inner rebellious teenager. These are complemented by stark harmonies and large shouting crowd vocals that give ‘Roll On’ a massive dollop of passion and heart.
Jess explains the lyrics behind ‘Roll On’ as follows:
“It’s something in the vicinity of never giving up on your youthful pursuits and wanting to quit your job and live in a tour van.”
This all races to a thumping bridge and spine-tingling snare-build that caps off a nostalgic non-stop fuzz singalong. A light synth line is used brilliantly in the last chorus to provide an ethereal glaze that only invites you to play it again.
‘Roll On’ will position you perfectly between the skate park and the beach, delivering the first taste of Summer ‘19 to your eagerly awaiting ears. Catch The Belafontes ripping through shows across Melbourne throughout January and February.
FRI 11 JAN | The Gasometer Hotel | Collingwood
SAT 12 JAN | The Retreat Hotel | Brunswick
SAT FEB 9 | The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar (EP Launch) | Melbourne