As this year rockets towards its inevitable end, with everybody spinning around in a daze & wondering where the heck it escaped to, outstanding new Australian music continues to drop out of the sky and give you a good kick in the ears.
Today I have the pleasure of introducing the teeth-knocking goodness of Adelaide-based quartet Donnarumma & their new brash, frenetic but charming indie rock track, ‘Rollercoaster’.
‘Rollercoaster’ starts with light, plucky guitars, giving the veneer of being a cruising ballad, before the driving riffs and drums send your eyebrows northward and the track lifts off. Lead singer Louis’ crooning vocals, bouncing in between falsetto and low growls, are the perfect addition to the driving rhythms that power the song with overflowing energy.
When the chorus hits, it feels like the perfect storm as twirling guitar riffs, vibrant drum hits and the repeated phrase “My head is a rollercoaster ride”, form into a beautifully infectious hurricane.
“I based the narrative around the idea of being self-critical, almost like a person arguing with themselves in a mirror”.
And the storm surge doesn’t abate as the final chorus gets faster and faster (and faster again) and the track spins out of control with almighty force. Louis’ yells are of pure want and desperation, bringing the perfect end to a track blazing with pure elation and vibrancy. '
‘Rollercoaster’ proves that Donnarumma have well and truly landed, and just like Big Kev, I’m excited. Now go and get kicked in the ears by ‘Rollercoaster’ at their live shows coming early next year, so you can jump on that rollercoaster as well (apologies, needed to sneak that in somewhere).
DONNARUMMA 'ROLLERCOASTER' TOUR DATES
FRIDAY 11 JANUARY | Crown & Anchor Hotel | Adelaide, SA
THURSDAY 17 JANUARY | Grace Darling Hotel | Melbourne, VIC
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY | Frankie's Pizza | Sydney, NSW
SUNDAY 20 JANUARY | Hamilton Station | Newcastle, NSW
FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY | Heya Bar | Brisbane, QLD
SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY | Miami Shark Bar | Gold Coast, QLD