En­er­getic Medics

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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