Video Premiere: Coolabah Kings Bring Their Scrappy, Fuzzed-Out Garage-Punk on "I'm at a Loss"
Ahead of the launch for their debut EP next month, the rising Melbourne trio Coolabah Kings are back with a new video for the blistering cut "I'm at a Loss," laying down a series of blown-out riffs and their no-holds-barred, self-described "scrap-rock."
Following the release of their fiery debut single "Spineless" last year which recently earned a spot on Blow Blood Records' A Long Time Alone 4 compilation, the rising Melbourne garage-punk trio Coolabah Kings kicked off the year with their second single "I'm at a Loss," a raucous, three-minute blitz of the trio's self-described "scrap-rock" that darts around blistering waves of distortion and pounding rhythms.
Made up of vocalist Conor Walsh, guitarist and chief songwriter Harry Anderson and drummer Seamus Murphy (also of Perfect Whip), the garage-punk trio are set to launch their forthcoming debut EP, Killing Time, at The Old Bar on March 31 with support from Tommy Dynamite & The Explosions and the newly formed Propaine. The EP will be out digitally a week earlier on March 24. Ahead of the release, we have the pleasure premiering the music video to "I'm at a Loss," a dizzying, technicolor fever dream that's perfectly matched with the trio's rapid-fire of scuzzy noise.
Speaking about the new video in an exchange through email, Anderson says that it matches the same sort of DIY energy they bring to their music.
"We have very strict criteria for our content creation," Anderson says. "I'm a videographer by trade, so we were always going to do it ourselves, and having a spacious garage that we could use without any time constraints really allowed us to finesse the shooting process. I shot a great video in the same shed for our friends and local legends Sophisticated Dingo at the back end of last year which ended up on Rage, so hopefully we can have the same success with our own clip."
Recorded between lockdowns, the new single leans heavily on the trusty loud-quiet-loud formula. Anderson says the aim to the track was to have a crescendo-like effect that matched the rising paranoia and intensity of the lyrics — "She was all that you needed but you were never there, you bleed for yourself, you don't fucking care." Speaking about the upcoming EP launch, Walsh expressed excitement about finally bringing the new tracks to the stage.
"I guess this is why we do it; to release our music to fresh ears and play it live to our incredible community," Walsh says. "Many of the songs on the EP have been alive in some form for a number of years, so to finally reveal them will be a real thrill. We've been itching to play and our debut show being repeatedly delayed has only added to the anticipation. We're so pleased we'll be able to do it at The Old Bar, which really is like a second home to me, and we can't wait to share the stage with two wonderful supports in Tommy Dynamite & The Explosions and Propaine."
Stream "I'm at a Loss" digitally below and purchase tickets to the
upcoming EP launch here.