Without being rude*, I don't normally expect much of anything coming from Queensland's Gold Coast. This is based purely on the fact that I associate it with theme parks, hotels, casinos, gaming arcades and the large foreboding buildings of the CBD encroaching on the natural beauty of the beachfront (don't get me started on the sensitive subject of coastal dune erosion).
This is why I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Gold Coast/Brisbane babes Salvadarlings. Sure, I could picture them hanging out in a gaming arcade or two, but one song in and I had already decided I need to very quickly change my ridiculously biased stereotypes. Like, right now.
These guys (and girl) are surfing on that new wave of youngsters involved in the resurgence of psychedelic/garage music, something my age bracket was never alive to experience the first time round in the 60s/70s. There is something about that era that appeals to us all. The hippies, the crochet, that yellow-tinged glassware, and shag carpet - in a time where people were very open and experimental with mind-altering substances, art, music, sex, spirituality, and whatever else floated their way. Maybe it was the freedom of lifestyle, maybe the movement of peace; whatever it was they made some pretty amazing music. It's no wonder so many of us are trying to re-create it all over again.
Salvadarling's sound is a perfectly balanced mix of psychedelic rock and pop. It's hazy, kaleidoscopic, and the perfect accompaniment to the heat of summer. When it's hot out everything kind of slows down and becomes more distant, as if you are floating around in a daze. I can't think of a way to describe this kind of music without bringing forth imagery of heat rising off hot asphalt on a long desert road, or a bunch of flower children basking in the sunshine in a meadow somewhere. Blissing out.
Bring on the summer, and more music from these darlings.
*This definitely comes across as rude. Sorry Queensland, no hard feelings.