Today the self-professed “noisy guitar pop band from Sunny QLD” Bugs have released their highly anticipated third studio album Cooties, distributed by Community Music, ahead of their 17 date Australian tour which kicks off in Newcastle on April 22.
The punchy 10-track collection features previous singles Old Youth Feeling, Diamond, Decisions, Commitments & Plans, In The Middle (Of It), and new focus track Alone Again which ties together the expansive exploration of their artistry that this record further highlights
“This is a modern lonely cowboy/cowgirl crooner classic. Itʼs all about feeling isolated and how social media can exacerbate the pain associated with being alone. It explores struggling to find the place where you fit in the world.” says lead vocalist Connor Brooker of Alone Again.
Cooties was recorded and produced by drummer Brock Weston at his home studio in Brisbane. They started by refining a batch of 30 songs during the middle of 2020, and through the continuous lockdowns they managed to record most of the final tracks. From there, Weston engineered the release from scratch, and together with his fellow bandmates was able to find a new confidence within their sound.
“I wrote most of the songs between 2019-2020 and as the obvious gems worked their way onto the final track listing the theme of the album came together. It’s all about coexisting realities, relationships in your twenties, finding your place in the world. I’ve gone through pretty drastic and destabilising change at times and I guess it’s representative of a lot of personal experiences over the last few years. Some of the songs are pretty sad, some are full of angst, others unbridled joy. It’s a polarising mix of music because life isn’t as linear as we’d often like it to be.” explains Brooker.
It’s been one wild ride for the trio so far, having already toured with the likes of Grinspoon, Mallrat, WAXX, TOWNS, Sweater Curse, and The Hard Aches as well appearing on festival line ups including Falls Festival, Yours & Owls and The Hills Are Alive. The band has also received praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone Australia, Tonedeaf, Pilerats, NME, Mixdown, Music Feeds, Pilerats, The Guardian, Spotify, and triple j.
“It’s the kind of track that makes you want to stand in a crowd, and scream the lyrics out at the top of your lungs.”– MUSIC FEEDS
“…a band who should really be amongst your favourites”– PILERATS
“If you’re the type to keep your finger closely on the pulse of the Aussie music scene, then Brisbane outfit Bugs are likely one outfit that you’ve been championing for quite some time”– ROLLING STONE AUSTRALIA
Bugs ‘Cooties’ Tracklisting
Old Youth Feeling
In The Middle (Of It)
Coming To Get Me
Decisions, Commitments & Plans
What Goes On (In Your Head)
Mars & Venus
COOTIES – OUT NOW
Bugs Cooties Tour 2022 supported by LOSER & VOIID
Tickets and Info HERE
Friday 22nd April: The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd April: Crowbar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th April: La La La’s, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 28th April: Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 29th April: Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 30th April: The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th May: Leichhardt Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 5th May: Metropolitan Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Friday 6th May: Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 7th May: Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 12th May: Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 13th May: Altar Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 20th May: Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st May: The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th May: Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th May: Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA
Sunday 29th May: Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough, WA