The vibes are evolving
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.