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Brendan Maclean’s Debut Album ‘And The Boyfriends’ Is A Bold And Brilliant Groove Imaginarium

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Submit your body to the throws of the heartfelt groove kaleidoscope that is Sydney solo artist Brendan Maclean’s stunning and multifaceted debut album, And The Boyfriends.

Ainslie Wills-featuring flagship single ‘Hibernia’ opens the record with furious funk fever, hurling us headlong into Maclean’s sonic imaginarium, which keeps our toes tapping through the slinky basslines of ‘Where’s The Miracle’, drunken retro synth of the wry ‘Not Too Stoned’ and infectious discoteque stylings of ‘Ghost’.

The record was named after a fictional backing band dreamed up by the ARIA-nominated vocalist and media personality (titular ensemble,The Boyfriends), but it’s far more than just a dancefloor reverie.

And The Boyfriends also delivers more than its fair share of emphatic, goosebump-inducing moments, with the crooning soul-pop balladry of tracks like ‘Goes Without Saying’, ‘Tenderness’ and ‘Layer on The Love’ plucking at our heartstrings with their raw and direct lyrical honesty.

Buoyed by the talents of co-writer and producer Sarah Belkner as well as Aussie vocal darlings Wills, Kira Puru, Montaigne, Donny Benét and Paul Mac -- all of whom feature -- Maclean uses his poetic words to paint poignant pictures of greened-out kids in ambulances in the Soho rain and heartbroken lovers hunched over atlases searching for their lost loves across Europe.

The openly queer artist, who was infamously banned by YouTube for his sexually explicit 2015 video ‘House of Air’, is more fearlessly self-reflective here than we’ve ever seen him. Nowhere is this more evident than in percussive disc closer ‘Wolf Run’, which was inspired by Maclean’s own experience with domestic violence and sees him reflect on the failures of his own masculinity. As he explains to Billboard:

“‘And The Boyfriends’ was always about reflecting on and empathising with the women in my life and also the lack of true femininity in myself. I’ve always been ‘camp’ but that’s an affectation not something real and powerful like femininity.

It was this or nothing. It is in some part a concept album if only to keep my mind focussed on the subject. The themes are so heavy and not easy to talk about, but musically captures an energy like nothing I’ve made before, not even close.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

After releasing five EPs, Brendan Maclean’s bold and brilliant debut album And The Boyfriends is out now, and it was worth the wait.

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird's Fresh Piece Of Indie-Pop Will Make You Feel The Up & Down Effects Of Love

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Melbourne musical shapeshifters Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird create an ambitious and kaleidoscopic piece of indie-pop in their new single ‘Love is Heartbreak’, foreshadowing their forthcoming record’s thematic journey from heartbreak to recovery.

As the first track from their imminently dropping sophomore LP New Romancer, ‘Love is Heartbreak’ sets the scene with sombre lyrics that strike you down, as groovy instrumental sections pick you back up, much like the effects of love tbh.

The steady rhythm of ‘Love is Heartbreak’ has an instant calming effect, reinforced by deep vocals that soothe the listener. The critical combination of electronic sounds and orchestral instruments draw us into a romance-like trance. Ending the tune smoothly, a simple piano melody is heard along with the ambient noise of birds chirping.

2019 is looking to be the year of the Firebird after amassing millions of streams, 4-5 star Unearthed reviews from 11 of the folks at Triple J as well as the praises of Matt Corby, Montaigne and Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe.

After boasting a string of sold out shows in their last tour, the band are hitting the road again during March and April in support of 'Love is Heartbreak'. Cousin Tony will be taking on bigger venues, more dates, and more locations, with the Australian journey to be followed by their first UK and Ireland tour in May, coinciding with the album’s release.

Love Is Heartbreak tour dates:

MARCH 22 | Rocket Bar | Adelaide 
 
MARCH 27 | Republic Bar | Hobart
 
MARCH 28 | Saint John | Launceston
 
MARCH 30 | The Hills Are Alive | Gippsland
 
APRIL 5 | Woolly Mammoth | Brisbane
 
APRIL 12 | 48 Watt St | Newcastle 
 
APRIL 13 | Oxford Art Factory | Sydney
 
APRIL 14 | The Basement | Canberra
 
APRIL 20 | Lucy's Love Shack | Perth
 
APRIL 21 | Sonar | Fremantle

APRIL 27 | Corner Hotel | Melbourne