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PREMIERE: The Bonnie Doons Craft Sun-Drenched Guitar-Pop Gold On ‘Fred’

On latest single ‘Fred’, Brisbane five-piece The Bonnie Doons meld their sun-drenched surf rock and nascent pop influences, making for a groove-laden, incredibly catchy bop for fans of Ocean Alley or Lime Cordiale.

‘Fred’ is 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,” the band’s Torian Brewer explains. “Breaking down the barriers of guilt, letting something go and moving on.”

The first taste from their forthcoming EP The Betweeners, due out later this year, ‘Fred’ sees the band take a step in a new direction following their debut release, last year’s Face to Face. Here, The Bonnie Doons focus their influences into one rich, textural yet propulsive sound – bright guitars, a buoyant but steadfast rhythm section and Brewer’s vocals front and centre in the mix.

“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,” says the band’s Kane Kennedy, who produced the track.

“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.”

Stream ‘Fred’ below.

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