Spookyland is the cacophonous creation of star-crossed Sydney dweller, Marcus Gordon who joined Monday Records in November 2013. 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 bands first EP Rock and Roll Weakling was released through Monday Records in 2014, traversing 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.
In the years following Rock and Roll Weakling, the band entered the big leagues supporting heavy weights like Cold War Kids, Benjamin Booker, The Lemonheads and Band of Skulls, and in 2015 the band landed a slot at Chicago’s Lollapolooza, where they were named by Consequence of Sound as one of the “Top 10 Acts Not To Be Missed”. In 2015 the band ventured to Nebraska to record at Connor Oberst’s ARC Studios, eventually finishing their debut album back home in Sydney with Tony Buchen.
Beauty Already Beautiful, released May 6th 2016, is the powerful debut album from Spookyland available for purchase as CD or Vinyl from the Monday Records store. The signature idiosyncratic voice of Marcus Gordon, narrates the heavily metaphorical lyrics of Beauty Already Beautiful, injected with a hefty dose of Rock’n’Roll. After joining Gang of Youths on their sold out east coast tour, Spooks launched their debut album with two spectacular shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
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Recent Praise for Spookyland
“That voice—adenoidal, snarling, and echoing like Jeff Mangum singing inside of a beer can”
“If you have recently broken up with your significant other… your cat/dog/hamster/Tamagotchi recently died, someone yelled “twat” at you while you were driving, or you simply didn’t have enough spare for an extra latte this morning and feel a little grumpy, then this track is for you”
SOMETHING YOU SAID
“This is music to be listened to over and over, take from it what you will, just take from it”
“Meet Sydney’s very own Bob Dylan”
“Spookyland is the best band you may not have heard of this year.”
“…deftly deployed harmonies, strong pacing and a fearless attitude to power chords that’s fucking delightful.”
New Bin Juice show, Spooks set to play Chippo City Limits, Wells ‘Born To Die’ cover reaches 13,000 plays, Circle teases studio time and Pika takes a fall
Old mates Spookyland are playing The Lord Gladstone’s Chippo City Limits, the Wells cover of ‘Born To Die’ is on the cusp of 13,000 plays on Happy’s Exclusive Tracks, Circle…