If you’re a fan of female fronted indie-pop-rock, then you would definitely be familiar with Gold Coast based band, The Goldhearts. If you’re not, the names of Brisbane bands Dream Poppies and Razel should be ringing some nostalgic bells. After a COVID-enforced break, The Goldhearts are back with their eagerly-awaited new single, Verona With a V, out today.
The musical heritage of The Goldhearts. Members dates back to Big Day Out 1994, SXSW 1997 and even the iconic music club, CBGBs in New York. With a support and touring history that includes the likes of Throwing Muses, Urge Overkill, Grinspoon and Frenzal Rhomb, members of The Goldhearts. formed in 2015 with a timestamped sound that will take you back to the Bikini Kill days and have you building playlists that will include The Donnas, PJ Harvey and The Breeders.
In their latest single Verona with a V, the band personify the COVID-19 pandemic, telling the tale of cruel and relentless bullying of teenager, Corona by the mean girl Verona and her impressionable friends Sharona and Ramona. Being bullied by Verona and her friends impels Corona to escape the cruel confines of the school laboratory and break out into the community, where as they say, the rest is history.
“While Verona in the song is a teenager, bullying is insidious and can happen at any stage of life. The impacts are often long lasting and can ruin lives, which is why we described the destruction through the character of Corona and drew the connection to the pandemic. It’s a little bit tongue in cheek but not in a way that diminishes the real issue.”
Following the all-too-familiar heartbreaking theme that was 2020, the band were forced to cancel more than 20 shows between March and May. With Trace living in Sydney’s South, they waited out border restrictions and reunited in June and December in Brisbane’s Moon Room to commence recording their latest EP – slated for a November release – aptly and timely themed around eco-anxiety. The double A sided 7” vinyl featuring the first two singles Shooter’s Party and Beach Butts was released through Outtaspace Presents in October 2020.
On home soil, the band have had success with triple j and double j, community radio and in the live scene. Overseas, they have received huge support with the Radio Indie Alliance and notably on Sirius XM by legendary USA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. Their song Be Brave earned them a semi-final position in Listen Up Music’s Australian Songwriting Competition 2019, which promotes and supports mental health for musicians.
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