The Gooch Palms’ Kat Friend and Leroy Macqueen often go far out of their way to drive through Marfa while they are on tour in the US of A. It’s a small desert art hub in the middle of nowhere a.k.a. the West Texas high desert and one of their favourite places in America. And there’s some freaky stuff going on there.It was a couple of years ago and despite visiting the small town before, they’d never ventured out to the viewing area on Highway 90 to see the mysterious Marfa lights, an unexplained phenomenon that the tiny town is famous for. So one afternoon while driving into the town to rest for the night, they decided it was finally time. Despite Leroy’s strong scepticism and general disinterest for touristy activities they were going to see the lights that night. Kat was stoked. But looking up above the desert as they got closer to the town they noticed a black egg shaped object floating perfectly still, high in the distance just hanging in the sky. So they decided to drive towards it but couldn’t get any closer, it remained the same distance away for hours. Despite their intense curiosity and being straight up creeped out, they eventually gave up and drove into Marfa.
Later that night they drove out to Highway 90 and witnessed firsthand the spectacle that is the Marfa Lights. Bright orbs of light darting back and forth in front of a mountain range above the desert scrub, appearing and disappearing, merging together, splitting apart, or sometimes just hovering in the same place for a bit. Totally wild stuff. Even Leroy was impressed! The next day Kat scrawled down some notes about their experience with the UFO and the mystery lights, stuffed them in the glovebox and they moved on West to play El Paso that night.
A year later, during a brutal heatwave in the middle of Summer in Los Angeles Leroy was working on a new song while hotboxing himself to delirium in his tiny bedroom. He had the door and window closed and the fan turned off to keep out the noise so he had to work quick or risk certain death! Armed only with an 808 drum machine and his guitar he got to work. He emerged 20 minutes later, drenched in sweat with the start of a new demo, named “Cake Song”. He had a monotone “Cake” (the band) style melody in mind and needed some lyrical inspiration. After working on some random lyrics with Kat she remembered the Marfa notes in the glovebox. Once they had their inspiration the song practically wrote it’s self within minutes. Excited to record their tale they laid down the vocals in the hotbox that same day, emerging dehydrated and 5kg lighter, but with the Marfa Lights demo in the bag.
Fast forward to 2018 and the duo head into the studio to record a bunch of demos they’ve been sitting on. But unlike all the other demos Marfa Lights wasn’t really tampered with too much, the demo already had all the feels they were after. They added a couple of bit’s and pieces, most memorably a late night floor tom and snare “drum-circle” session with producer/engineer/drummer Dylan Adams to add some extra oomph and drive the song home, but the rest was left as it was originally created; vocals, a guitar and an 808 in the smokey heat of a tiny room.
Marfa Lights follows The Gooch Palms smash hit first single, Busy Bleeding Featuring Kelly Jansch, from TOTTY. That’s right, the poppy upbeat ode to “that time of the month” that you’ve heard across the airwaves. To celebrate the release of Marfa Lights, The Gooch Palms will hit the road along the east coast.
Fellow Novocastrians, Raave Tapes will join The Gooch Palms as guests at the Brisbane and Melbourne shows. Raave Tapes are using their self-branded sparkly dance punk to take the “bro” out of “celebration”, one party at a time. They have enjoyed strong backing from radio institutions such as triple j, 4ZZZ FM and RTR FM and have shared the stage supporting the likes of Northeast Party House and Hockey Dad. Their endearing take on the Saddle Club mythos in the K Bye music video has racked up over 100,000 views.
General sale tickets are available on Tuesday 4 September @ 9am.
The single, Marfa Lights is available now on all major streaming services.LISTEN/PURCHASE MARFA LIGHTS HERE
WITH GUESTS RAAVE TAPES*FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER – CROWBAR, BRISBANE*
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER – NOISY HEELER FESTIVAL, MUSSELLBROOK
(WITH HOCKEY DAD, WAAX)
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE*
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER – THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY*RAAVE TAPES APPEARINGPRE-SALE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ON MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER @ 9AM
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: BRISBANE | SYDNEY | MELBOURNE