Friday the 13th – we couldn’t think of a more auspicious date for the premiere of Spookyland‘s live, full band show. The 13th of June will see Sydney songwriter Marcus Gordon cut his teeth as the band’s frontman at Sydney’s FBi Social. Presented by Monday Records in conjunction with Happy, the event will be the first chance for Sydneysiders to catch the band’s four man setup, as well as hear some of the songs off the upcoming Rock and Roll Weakling EP.
Supporting sounds will be provided by fellow Monday Records signee Atlas B. Salvesen and his brand of chilled out folk-pop, alongside The Tambourine Girls – the solo project from Simon Relf (Deep Sea Arcade). Atlas released his stunningly emotive debut EP Smoke Signals back in late 2012 and is currently working on crafting a new live show, while the former is fresh off the block, having released Blood And Bones in February this year ahead of the full EP launch later this month.
Spookyland released The Silly Fucking Thing last week (2nd May) – a mere aperatif of what’s to come on the Rock and Roll Weakling EP, the single gaining support from the blogosphere and significant airtime on Sydney radio station FBi. Fans can now stream the single at the Monday Records Soundcloud and support the release of the EP by pre-ordering it from the Monday Records store. Stay tuned to the Facebook event page as well as Spookyland’s own page for more details as they arrive.
Spookyland is the cacophonous creation of star-crossed Sydney dweller, Marcus Gordon. The studio debut single, The Silly Fucking Thing explores the frontman’s paranormal ability for story telling, akin to Bob Dylan paired with the volatility of Nick Cave.
Melancholic harmonica bounces off guitar reverb to build tension that is only escalated by the brazen vocals of the 22-year old, producing a track that we dare you not to be moved by. His enigmatic stylings come to life in his poignant live delivery with four-piece band.
The EP, due out later this year traverses genres. Dark blues blend with country whilst an underlying textured pop sensibility keeps these ear worms wriggling around long after you’ve pulled off your headphones.