It’s the sound of getting sunburnt during a game of backyard cricket, even after you’ve slipped, slopped and slapped. It’s the sound of your dad knocking back a stubby of Tooheys New on the back verandah as the sun goes down at 8pm. It’s the sound of watching seagulls maul each other on the beach as you chuck your leftover fish & chips in their general direction.
Harley Young & The Haymakers’ freshie ‘Barina Jean’ is a breezy indie rock hymn that’s got Aussie summer written all over it, from the endearingly ocker twang of its dual male/female vocal passages to its charmingly mundane music video packed with quintessentially Straya’n visuals.
Bright guitars skip merrily along to a clapping rhythm on the snare in this infectiously sunny bop, as frontman Harley Young’s lyrics drip with locality and romantic nostalgia, referencing everything from TV Hits Magazine to the Bruce Highway.
Produced by John Willsteed (The Go Betweens) and following on from their 2015 album Flinders Parade, the Brisbane sixsome’s musical drought-breaker marks the first cut of their upcoming LP Little Songs For Big People, which is set to be released (on vinyl, no less) this March.
Stay tuned for national tour dates to come, but for now you can pour yourself a chilled glass of January jangle juice courtesy of the delightful ‘Barina Jean’.