With a finessed scope on just how much a solid groove and beat can elevate a tune, Brisbane’s The Bonnie Doons present their new single, ‘Fred’.
Where earlier material saw the band embrace a quintessential surf-rock vibe, ‘Fred’ sees The Bonnie Doons incorporate more pop elements into their songwriting – the end result being an irresistibly catchy number, primed for spring/summer.
Existing in a similar vein to the likes of Ocean Alley, San Cisco and GUM, The Bonnie Doons’ music is effortless and easy to sink into. The band has been writing and performing together since 2017, developing themselves into one of Brisbane’s hardest working new acts. Releasing their debut EP Face To Face last year, they leant into the momentum swirling around the band locally and began work on its follow up, The Betweeners, due out this year.
As the first offering from this new EP, ‘Fred’ is delivered with charm. Vocals are rich, guitars and the rhythm section add weight to the earthiness of the song itself. Riding some great grooves and roots-influences, ‘Fred’ is a step in a new direction for The Bonnie Doons – one the band is loving exploring. “In this track I talk about staying true to who you are and not letting your emotional attachments to things or people keep you from doing what’s right for you. Breaking down the barriers of guilt, letting something go and moving on.”Torian Brewer, The Bonnie Doons
Produced by songwriter Kane Kennedy and mixed/mastered by ARIA-winning engineer Govinda Doyle (Angus and Julia Stone), ‘Fred’ is a strong return for the act, as they look towards a brand new chapter of music. “This record was a new approach to music for me personally, we steered further from the Aussie surf-rock sound to a more pop-like 90’s vibe. I still hear similarities between this and our previous record, mainly in the guitar work, but it was ultimately Torian’s vocals that gave us the ability to pursue a different genre and direction with the music.”Kane Kennedy, The Bonnie Doons
Having cut their teeth on larger stages supporting the likes of Wolfmother and Bootleg Rascal, The Bonnie Doons are levelling up with the release of new music, anticipating a return to live performance as soon as the climate allows. In the meantime, ‘Fred’ is here to satiate the appetites of fans and newcomers alike.