The Kooks

Layer Cake Use Sweetness & Extra Tang In Their Boppy New Single, ‘Empty Promises’.

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Brisbane-based band Layer Cake, likened to The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and The Kooks, have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response since the release of their explosive debut, ‘Keep Me Awake’, and new bop ‘Empty Promises’ will undoubtedly keep the hype train rolling. 

The song gives a completely new spin on the word ‘catchy’, maintaining an upbeat, rhythmic vibe throughout with electric guitar bringing the authentic rock feels.   

Like that dollop of tomato sauce in Paul Kelly’s gravy recipe, no one saw this saucy band coming.  

Their debut self-titled EP was produced, engineered and recorded by Matt Redlich, at Head Gap Studios and The Aviary in Melbourne, and is set to be released soon.  

Packing Lefty's Old Time Music Hall (250 capacity Brisbane venue) like a can of sardines for their very first show, the group has already been compared to many world class bands. 

“You can compare us to whoever you like, as long as they are incredibly more successful than us and we can live vicariously through an over fluffed complimentary comparison,” is what they have to say.  

Be sure to give Layer Cake’s new tune ‘Empty Promises’ a listen now on all music streaming services! 

Premiere: JPL – ‘Seaside’ (The Kooks Cover)


Byron Bay native Jo Loewenthal is better known as the producer, songwriter and vocalist from Tora.

When he isn’t on the clock for Tora, Jo also has a solo project under the moniker ‘JPL’, formed as a new creative outlet to write and release music outside the sonic scope of what he created with his band. 

Today, we have the pleasure of offering up the first review of his latest effort - and it just so happens to be a cover of the timeless classic ‘Seaside’ by indie-rock favourite’s The Kooks.

Swapping out the acoustic for an electric axe, JPL’s version is - true to the original - laced with glimmering keys and a subtle yet apt rhythmic section. The addition of beats and other instruments gives the rendition a lot more feel and depth, beautifully complementing his warm, soul-drenched vocals.   

JPL describes the motivation behind the cover as follows:

“Growing up, I was a big fan of The Kooks and that has definitely inspired me here. I wanted to give the track a bit of energy and bring in a bit more dynamic, whilst still giving space for the lyrics and melodies to shine. This song was re-worked at a time when I was writing a lot of original music, so the act itself gave me a timely break and allowed me to engage a different creative angle. The original is such a beautiful track. Working on a cover is always a risk, you’re never totally sure if you’re going to pull it off and I’m really hoping I’ve done it the justice it deserves."

Stunning and meticulously executed, this rendition is certainly something I could imagine Luke Pritchard himself giving a nod to.  

JPL has also written and produced for the likes of MØME and GRAACE, and clocked up an impressive 40 million streams across his discography.

No doubt about it - JPL is another fine project to keep across.