New singer records post­ing in Navy

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT'S ON - – ROSE SADLEIR

NEW Navy (pic­tured) have been tour­ing for the past year with a new front­man – and no body has even no­ticed. The Syd­ney trio is known for trop­i­cal vibes and up­beat sum­mery tunes Zim­babwe and Tapi­oca. Youth ra­dio sta­tion Triple J wasted no time fea­tur­ing the band’s de­but EP Uluwatu reg­u­larly on air af­ter its re­lease. Not long af­ter the band’s ini­tial success, found­ing singer Ben McIn­er­ney was forced to pull out of tour­ing com­mit­ments, leav­ing new­bie Luke O’Lough­lin to take the reigns. New Navy gui­tarist Jamie Cor­son says the switch is as smooth as they could have hoped. ‘‘On our first tour a year ago, (Ben) pulled out. We toured the whole coun­try (with Luke) and no one said any­thing,’’ he says. ‘‘We poached Luke from an­other band in Syd­ney. He’s per­fect for us, plus he’s a good dude.’’ The first taste of O’Lough­lin’s warm vo­cals can be ex­pe­ri­enced on the band’s lat­est sin­gle Reg­u­lar Town. ‘‘This is only the first song we have recorded with him, so what we do from now on is the real test,’’ says Cor­son. Cor­son says him­self, O’Lough­lin and fel­low gui­tarist James Dubois share cre­ative du­ties and en­list a bassist and drum­mer for tour­ing du­ties. The three like to head away and clear their heads to pen new ma­te­rial. ‘‘We just spent a week in the Hunter Val­ley, we got our­selves a bunch of wine and food and locked our­selves in a cabin for a few nights,’’ he says. ‘‘We got a start on about six songs. It’s good to get away to get a start on things. Get a clear mind and have no dis­trac­tions. Be­ing away helps cap­ture the moment and chan­nel it.’’

New Navy and Young Men Dead play Else­where Bar in Surfers Par­adise to­mor­row night. They also play a free gig with Young Men Dead, Sun­day Sa­fari DJs and Pi­lots at The Beach Ho­tel, in By­ron Bay, on Sun­day.

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