Two years after Brandish registered a momentary blip on the radar with ‘The Ellyse Perry Song’, the Launceston comedy band has returned – with slightly more attitude and some sexy activewear.
The band’s first offering from their forthcoming debut Self-Titled EP is ‘Running’, showcasing long-time mates, Hamish Geale (vocals, guitar, keys) Brent Jacobson (lead guitar), Rob O’Brien (drums) and Ryan Goodger (bass) at their creative best. ‘Running’ pairs jangly guitar riffs with juicy urban imagery.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by part-time producer Doug Briton in a bedroom studio in Launceston, ‘Running’ sees the band step away from its fondness of guitar-driven alternative pop to explore the foreign world of hip-hop.
“The lyrics have a bit of attitude so we were keen to put some hip-hop vibes into this one,” Geale said. “We’d always used traditional drums up until now so it felt like this song was the perfect track to try out some electronic percussion for a change.”
Deciding that the song needed female vocals to make the chorus sparkle, the band considered names like Beyonce and Taylor Swift before eventually settling on Geale’s sister Victoria, who also happens to be quite good at singing.
“We tossed around names like Sia and Adele but in the end my sister was the best option and also was the only one who returned calls from our manager,” says Geale.
With lyrics such as “I’m born to win, I ain’t born to lose, if life’s a 10k I’m Hicham El Guerrouj”, ‘Running’ doubles as a quasi-motivational backing track to all those times you managed to hustle into something you thought you’d be too late for.
“Running” will be in Digital Stores on the 30th of September Brandish’s Self-Titled EP will be released 14th of October 2016.