New singer records posting in Navy
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.