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Spotlight : The Buoys, 'Red Flags'

Sunny / Nostalgic / Summer festival-ready

You might've already encountered The Buoys, the excellent Sydney all-female indie rockers formed way back in 2016 and burst onto the scene a year later and have been mainstays since, attracting all the attention, having released three EPs, supporting the likes of Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays and Polish Club, playing Splendour In The Grass, Festival Of The Sun and a bunch of other festivals and playing their own sold-out headline tour around the country. No minor feats, proving once and always that Aussie bands work harder for their dough. You'll agree when you hear this new single - 'Red Flags' - which appears to be kicking off a phase into something new. Another EP? A debut album? We'll have to wait and see.

"‘Red Flags’ is a bit of a tongue in cheek take on the red flags you see in life. I wanted to poke fun at the fact that sometimes you can see it so clearly but decide to sweet it under the rug for a minute, and you’re just chilling in the calm before the storm.”

The Buoys aren't reinventing the wheel on 'Red Flags' - that's no slight, their blend of indie-rock might be partisan, but what they do, they do oh so well and with an innate sense of nostalgia and serious musicianship. Initially reminiscent of a few things (California Nights-circa Best Coast and early Wolf Alice immediately spring to mind), repeated spins expose a lyrical edge from vocalist Zoe Catterall, remarkable lead licks from Hilary Geddes and backing vocals from the rest of the band. Impressive, to say the least, traits that position The Buoys in a higher place. In fact, it's a wonder international spies aren't hanging around yet. Nevertheless, this song won't do any harm to their reputation or their live set and, hopefully will assist them to their rightful place on the international radar, on the end credits of your favourite rom-com or with the top down and the volume up on the L.A. drive to Santa Barbera. Chalk another festival-ready winner that, come Summer, ought to be at audience anthem level.


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