Neo-psych indie rockers YOUNG MONKS make their long-awaited return with the hazily upbeat brand new single and trippy video ‘Bad Bad Freddy’. Spun on triple j this morning, the track is a groovy, tropical infused offering and the first taste of their forthcoming debut album.
Written and produced in the band’s living rooms, ‘Bad Bad Freddy’ is an auditory trip bursting with the experimental and mind-altering sounds of the psychedelic ‘60s, funky ‘70s and heavy-hearted ‘80s, complete with floating guitar lines and a mesmerising melody. The video was completely self-directed and produced, and saw the band get DIY in the process building the puppets that feature throughout, in a perfect accompaniment to the skilfully arranged track, emphasised with dizzy camera panning, strange visuals and animalistic masked men.
On the creation process of their first single in over a year, the band explains “We actually wrote the riff about 9 months ago when we were rehearsing, and since then it’s always been a favourite of ours. We decided to give it some flavour and begin a demo of it… it underwent a few chorus changes over the 6 or 7 sessions and we landed on something that we enjoyed to groove to.”
Canberra five-piece YOUNG MONKS – Matt Santos (vocals), Sam Koster (guitar, vocals, production), Stephen Reinhart (guitar, vocals), Tommy Caldwell (guitar) – formed in June 2015, and have quickly formed a dedicated fanbase with their infectious, neo-psych rock, paired with experimental production and pop melodies. Their standout single ‘Jarmin In The Dark’ was released last September and praised for it’s chilled, summer vibes and has amassed over 300,000 online steams. The band was recently nominated for the NLMA’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ (ACT), having shared the stage with local artists including Saskwatch, Hands Like Houses and Ocean Alley, and set to perform at Spilt Milk in Canberra this December.