The vibes are evolv­ing

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

BON­JAH (pic­tured) were so in­spired by a fan who found hope through their mu­sic, they de­cided to write a song about her ex­pe­ri­ence. The alternative blues-rock quar­tet is com­prised of child­hood friends who formed in New Zealand seven years ago be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Mel­bourne. Bon­jah were ap­proached by a fan af­ter a gig who ex­pressed how the band’s mu­sic helped her get through dark times. High­light­ing singer Glenn Mos­sop’s raw falsetto vo­cals, Evo­lu­tion is a song about stay­ing pos­i­tive. ‘‘What the song means to me is that through­out our lives we wind and turn, some­times we’re up and some­times we’re down,’’ says Mos­sop. ‘‘No mat­ter where you are or what you’ve done you are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.’’ Bon­jah’s drum­mer Dan Chisholm says the new sin­gle’s theme is tes­ta­ment to the power of mu­sic. ‘‘Mu­sic has the power to change a life,’’ he says. ‘‘It can really con­nect with peo­ple. Mu­sic af­fects ev­ery­one in dif­fer­ent ways.’’ Bon­jah are pen­ning new ma­te­rial for their third al­bum, which will be re­leased later this year. Chisholm says the up­beat vibe of Evo­lu­tion is the di­rec­tion the band in­tend on tak­ing the next record. ‘‘It will be more en­er­getic, pos­i­tive and groovy – it seems to be how we are jam­ming lately,’’ he says. ‘‘Our mu­sic has evolved quite a lot. We learn ev­ery time we go in the stu­dio. When we first started record­ing we wanted to be pitch per­fect. Now it’s about get­ting an en­er­getic, vibey take.’’ Chisholm says Bon­jah’s live show on the Gold Coast this week­end will see the four-piece get ‘‘up close and per­sonal’’ with fans. ‘‘It should be an in­ti­mate gig,’’ he says. ‘‘It will be really pos­i­tive and up­lift­ing with plenty of soul.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

Bon­jah, Ash­leigh Man­nix and Daniel Par­sons play The Loft, on Chevron Is­land, to­mor­row night.

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