The Belligerents Drop New Single and Announce National Tour
Brisbane five-piece The Belligerents have released a new sprawling and psychedelic single “Caroline”, the second teaser from their long-awaited debut album, ‘Science Fiction’.
“Caroline” sits right in the middle of the album. In their own words, it’s “a backwards sort of love song about a person that you know you’re never going to be with”. But with The Belligerents, this typical lover’s lament goes places. Beginning with jaunty pulsing organ, you’d peg it as a psychedelic strain of chamber pop—right before a chorus splits the whole thing open and leaves you in a technicolour pastoral wonderland. Just as you’re floating back down to earth, the last third kicks into a four-to-the-floor hippie freakout, the Summer of Love ‘67 and the Summer of Love ‘89 finally meeting in the rave tent at Woodstock.
Although it’s their first full length, they’ve been anything but quiet. They released their Outside:Inside EP last year, had a number of national tours and even a Fatboy Slim approved Like a Version appearance.
When the time came to record the album, The Belligerents hired a farm on a remote island two hours out of Brisbane and converted the farmhouse into a temporary studio. Their mornings were spent surfing and swimming, and the evenings turned into late nights as they experimented with weird sounds and new ideas that went right back into the next day’s writing and recording. After such a long wait, everyone was raring to go—and its excitement shines through on the album.
Two weeks of this idyllic lifestyle was all it took to distil six years of The Belligerents into one album. ‘Science Fiction’ is more mature and refined than their previous singles. Nonetheless, the album sparks and crackles with excitement and surprise alongside the restless spirit of the band, and captures the moments of making the music they want to hear.
Like “Caroline”, ‘Science Fiction’ is full of left turns and tangents. It has been a long time coming but well worth the wait.
THE BELLIGERENTS – CAROLINE TOUR
Tickets from thebelligerents.net
Sunday 2 October | Yours & Owls Festival | Wollongong
Wednesday 5 October | Hotel Tasmania | Launceston
Friday 7 October | Northcote Social Club | Melbourne
Saturday 8 October | Newtown Social Club | Sydney
Friday 14 October | Elsewhere Bar | Gold Coast
Friday 21 October | Rocket Bar | Adelaide
Saturday 22 October | Jack Rabbit Slims | Perth
Friday 28 October | Woolly Mammoth | Brisbane