“It’s always a good time mixing it with you guys and this one will get anyone in a good mood”.
Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
“Bootlegs delivering an ode to self-reliance and defiance. Good rhyme, better song”.
Dave Ruby Howe – triple j Unearthed (AUS)
Added to Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday (AU/NZ)’ and ‘Indie Arrivals’ playlists
Featured by NME Magazine
Bootleg Rascal have just revealed their spaced out and infectious new single We Independent – produced by the band themselves and long-time collaborator Ian Pritchett (Boo Seeka, Kim Churchill, Angus and Julia Stone), and Simon Dobson (Little May, STUPID BABY).
We Independent continues down the path of sonic exploration the duo has been carving out since the revamp of the project in mid-2019. Opening with a groove-laden progression, the lush vocals of front man Carlos Lara lead into an endearing sing-a-long chorus, that soars with its combination of resounding drums, steadfast bass, jangly guitars and hypnotic brass.
“’We Independent’ is a track we wrote inspired by starting to remove ourselves from a toxic situation”, says guitarist Jimmy Young. “Initially, we were unsure how to break away from it, but sometimes you have to say enough is enough and follow your intuition. We’re so glad we took that leap of faith and couldn’t be heading in a better direction because of taking that risk”.
While the band is forced off the road, Lara and Young are currently in the studio working on a forthcoming staggered EP titled ‘Collaborations of Very Isolated Delinquents “19’, where from May through till September, the group will release a new track each month, with ‘We Independent’ being the first offering. The band’s most recent single ‘Lonely Times‘ will also feature on the record.
“While we can’t tour, Jim and myself thought it could be cool to set ourselves a challenge of dropping a new track each month and tie it all into a conceptual EP,” says Lara. “The record is set to be heavily influenced by what’s currently happening in the world”.
After restrictions imposed by the Australian Government, the band were forced to reschedule their East Coast capital city shows to mid-late September 2020, while their performance at Big Pineapple Music Festival has been moved to Saturday 21 November.
Since their mid-2013 inception, Bootleg Rascal have released a slew of singles, an EP and two albums, all warmly received by critics and fans around the world. Multiple tracks have been added to Spotify and Apple Music playlists, high rotation on triple j and they’ve performed on the stations esteemed ‘Like a Version’ segment.
The band have continually traversed the globe playing multiple sold out headline shows in France, UK, Holland, Germany, New Zealand and Australia, and performed sold out shows in the USA. They’ve also regularly appeared on major Australian festivals including Falls Festival, The Big Pineapple Festival, Lost Paradise, Hills are Alive, Festival of the Sun and Party in the Paddock.
We Independent is out now.
RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Tickets on-sale now via www.bootlegrascal.com
FRI 18 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 25 SEP | MARRICKVILLE BOWLS CLUB, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 26 SEP | WOOLLY MAMMOTH, BRISBANE QLD
SAT 21 NOV | BIG PINEAPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
w/ Hilltop Hoods and Dune Rats
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