Medics (pictured) set to work on debut album Foundations, planning to capture the rawness and energy of live shows. Cousins Kahl Wallace and Jhindu Lawrie and friends Andrew Thomson and Charles Thomas make up the four-piece, who originally hail from Cairns. ‘‘We tend to really let go and have fun. We try to connect with the crowd,’’ says Wallace. ‘‘We wanted the songs (on Foundations) to capture the magic of our live show.’’ It features songs penned since the band formed four years ago. ‘‘They are songs about the ups and downs we have had over the years,’’ he says. ‘‘We recorded a lot of the tracks during the Queensland floods, so that made (the floods) spiritually connected to the album.’’ Wallace’s raw vocals fuse with a soaring indie-pop-rock tempo, making it hard to slot The Medics into a particular genre. ‘‘I’ve read a couple of reviews of the album and people keep saying the same thing – they can’t put us into a category,’’ he says. ‘‘People like to label things so they aren’t confused. They like to have things all in the one box. It’s nice not to be labelled as a certain genre.’’ Although Foundations was released last month , the band are already working on new material – something which feels ‘‘natural’’ to Wallace. ‘‘The album is out, and we want to get into writing mode again,’’ he says. ‘‘We want to do some writing. It’s always nice to get away and bring music into a lifestyle state of mind, that way the music itself comes through you.’’
The Medics play The Clock Hotel on Saturday wand Splendour in the Grass on July 29.