Already attracting the attention of NME, The Bonnie Doons have enraptured their native Australia and are now setting their sights on introducing the rest of the world to their thrillingly addiction sound, a combination of styles which sees them zipping from alternative 90s sounds through to rap and pop. Led by their hugely well-received single, Fred, which offers typically sage, to-the-point relationship advice about not feeling guilty about finishing a relationship which isn’t working, all wrapped around a swirling maelstrom of sun-tanned chiming guitars and swampy grooves, they now gear up to release Jiém, a track partially recorded in a bedroom closet! A slowly creeping yet ultimately devastating blast of squalling guitar and indie rock perfection in just a smidge under two minutes, Jiém tells of being wary of the fact that a strong physical attraction does not necessarily mean you’re a good fit for each other.
“It was a bit of a Frankenstein production: I did some acoustic drums and some midi/electronic drums just in my bedroom. Actually, Jiém was completely done in my bedroom with amp simulators on the guitars. Recorded some vocals in a studio, some just in my closet. Same with guitars”
Kane Kennedy, The Bonnie Doons
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 on 20th November.
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.