It’s been a whopping seven years since Brisbane’s The John Steel Singers won Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year competition back in ’08 with uploaded track ‘Strawberry Wine’ claiming them the opening spot at that year’s Big Day Out Festival. Now, the predominantly folk-pop focussed musos are setting aside their R.M Williams’, to welcome a new pair of dancing shoes with latest release ‘Weekend Lover‘.
The single takes a huge step away from the band’s Noah and the Whale-esque back catalog to dive headfirst into a funkier disco-pop territory, with hooks closely reminiscent of fellow Unearthed artist Panama‘s track ‘Magic’ (seriously though, listen to the two back to back, it’s uncanny!)
This change in direction could certainly be in part due to The John Steel Singers’ shifting momentum of an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ approach to their entire musical endeavour, with the opening of their very own Kelvin Grove studio’s called The Plutonium, as well as adjoining self-run independent record label Plutonium Records, which will both play a major role in the making of upcoming third record Midnight At The Plutonium expected to drop early next year.
Have a boogie to ‘Weekend Lover’ below!