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Brisbane’s Bugs are today returning with their first single of the year, Safe Place, which premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed on Monday night.
The new single comes ahead of the band’s east coast Sweetener tour, which concludes with a performance at Hills Are Alive festival in Victoria.
The gritty new track showcases Bugs’ knack for catchy, yet purposeful songwriting, and punchy, high-energy instrumentals.
“Safe Place is a song about the internal battle every individual goes through in the pursuit of balance, happiness and solitude,” says vocalist and guitarist Connor Brooker.
“At some point, we all stand on unsteady ground, but I feel like drawing from those negative memories throughout your life in order to self-educate and grow actually define you as a person. The values instilled, qualities refined and endurance learned throughout the hardship put you in a more informed position to face your future problems. And even if you don’t feel like you need them when everything turns peachy again, it’s important to remember why you had those experiences. It’s the old cliché of having to hit the lows to appreciate the highs, and the ensuing mental back and forth.”
Hailing from Brisbane, Bugs are a lighthearted group of mates who find joy in crafting infectiously happy pop music, and packaging it up with a dose of honest and relatable songwriting.
2018 has served as their most jam-packed year to date, with the band scoring an opening slot at Falls Festival after a triple j unearthed win, as well as supporting USA legends Cloud Nothings, and Aussie heavyweights British India, The Hard Aches, Alex Lahey & WAAX. Off the back of their grippingly honest millennial fan-favourite Neighbourhood, the band also delivered their engaging and animated live show to crowds at Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and Melbourne Music Week.
March saw the release of instant hit Glue via the renowned Domestic LaLa 7” Club. The track received back to back plays on triple j, premiering on Good Nights with Bridget Hustwaite and a spotlight on Home & Hosed with Declan Byrne the next night. The triple j Unearthed-premiered clip for Glue has been raking in the love, with almost 112,000 views to date.
In April, Bugs released their EP Social Slump, and embarked on a huge national tour throughout May and June that took them to almost every corner of the country, selling out dates in Brisbane, Melbourne Sydney, Adelaide and Wollongong.
Packed-out sets at BIGSOUND followed suit, including an appearance at the Levi’s Music Prize showcase, before hitting the stage at Beer InCider festival alongside the likes of fellow Brisbanites The Jungle Giants, Morning Harvey, and Sweater Curse.
With an ever-growing slew of supporters in tow, Bugs are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting up-and-coming bands the country has to offer.
Catch Bugs at the following dates:
Friday 8th March // Northcote Social Club // Melbourne w/ The Lazy Susans & Go Get Mum
Saturday 9th March // The Crown & Anchor // Adelaide w/ Pemberton
Saturday 16th March // The Brightside // Brisbane w/ Bad Sext & Perve Endings
Saturday 23rd March // The Lansdowne Sydney w/ Spit Chewy + special guests
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 March // The Hills Are Alive// Krowera VIC