Love theme at heart of de­but EP

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Ho (pic­tured) hope to by­pass the brain and head straight to their lis­ten­ers’ hearts with their de­but EP, Any­where Else. The Bris­bane in­die-pop duo – Michael McAlary and Oliver Dun­can – met in high school and started mak­ing mu­sic to­gether two years ago. Dun­can says the pair want to cap­ture the feel­ing of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing love, rather than tell a story. ‘‘A lot of the songs on Any­where Else are about girls, but it’s more psy­che­delic in lyrics and mu­sic,’’ he says. ‘‘At the end of the day, ev­ery­one wants to be ac­cepted and known for who they really are. At the end of the day, we all want to be loved. Talk­ing about girls is an easy way to think about all th­ese things. Love hurts, but it also feels bet­ter than any drug.’’ Any­where Else was recorded ‘‘all over the place’’, and Dun­can says it’s what gives the EP a do-it-your­self flavour. ‘‘Some of it was done in bed­rooms, some in a stu­dio or home stu­dio – wher­ever we could get the best sound,’’ he says. ‘‘We had un­lim­ited time to keep work­ing at it which means we were per­fec­tion­ists. But it still had that unique DIY aes­thetic at the fore­front.’’ Gung Ho’s first sin­gle, Twin Rays, gave the duo their first taste of na­tional ra­dio play and earned them the open­ing spot at Har­vest Fes­ti­val in Bris­bane last year. ‘‘Play­ing Har­vest was a mas­sive shock – we had only re­leased the one sin­gle. We only played for 25 min­utes,’’ says Dun­can. ‘‘At a fes­ti­val it’s about be­ing on stage, you can’t just make noise. But we had a really good re­sponse and gained fans.’’ Gung Ho’s new sin­gle Strangers show­cases the bands catchy gui­tar work, tight rhythm sec­tion and washed-out vo­cals. Dun­can says the track has al­ready been picked up by in­ter­na­tional blog­gers. ‘‘It’s really cool, peo­ple in Texas or Mex­ico or Greece telling us they feel like they are in an Aus­tralian sum­mer when they lis­ten to it,’’ he says.

Gung Ho, The Ot­tomans, Moss on the Rocks and Driffs play the Cruel Sum­mer Ware­house Party, 52 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads, on Satur­day night.

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