Full stream ahead for rockers
HIGH-energy local band Round Mountain Girls (RMG) are ready to roll into your lounge rooms with a brand new tune.
The five-member band, who use a collection of instruments to stir your heart with a Celt-country blend of roots music, are renowned for their electric live audience connection.
And while the current situation means there's a hiatus on live performances, a touch of serendipity can get you online with their latest recording and more.
Firstly, RMG have been named as one of the 119 musicians recorded on the Bluesfest Isolation Playlist 2020.
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Additionally, RMG have just released their brand new single, First To Let Go.
Band member Chris Brooker said the timing of the release had much to do with the current pandemic.
"We're releasing now so people can hear new music, which we know is what people want while pubs and clubs are in turmoil - all our shows have more than 100 people so they've had to be rescheduled."
Like many artists, RMG are finding inventive ways to engage with their fans.
"We plan to do some live concerts from "The Deck'' in the coming weeks, which we'll be streaming on Facebook."
The Deck is the extension from RMG's banjo player's home that backs onto Cabarita Creek. One of the tracks they'll be playing from "The Deck'' is First To Let Go, a track that was inspired by fleeting moments that can never quite be captured.
It's a song about loss and reflecting on the good things you have.
"You never know when your time is up, so cherish the little moments," Brooker said.
Booker said the theme was founded on an experience with his son.
"You know when you hug someone? How do you know when it's the right time to let go? I tend to let the other person go first.
"This became a game with one of my sons. He eventually worked out what I was doing and that hugs could go on for an eternity if we want them to."
The songs were recorded at La Ceuva Studios in Byron Bay. First To Let Go was engineered by Nick DiDia, who has worked with artists ranging from Kasey Chambers to Bruce Springsteen and Incubus.
The release comes the year after the Round Mountain Girls completed a UK tour.
"We played some massive festivals and tiny pubs, slept on floors and toured in a flash bus," Brooker said.
"That included festivals like Lakefest, Belladrum and Edinburgh Fringe Festival."
Though live shows are off the table for now, the Round Mountain Girls are hoping to be back playing gigs in September or October, depending on how things pan out.
Until then, the best way to support the band - and every band - is to buy merchandise, follow them on Spotify and send them as many messages as you can.
Don't be the first to let go of your favourite artists.
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