GAUCI announce debut mixtape, share first single ‘Dead Afraid’

Alt-pop trio GAUCI retread an experience that left them “completely heartbroken” on Dead Afraid, the first taste of their imminent EP.   

GAUCI have unveiled details of their forthcoming project, a debut mixtape titled Growing Pains.

Said to include their deepest alt-rock influences to date, the mixtape is set for release on March 21, and will expand upon the Sydney trio’s proven knack for experimentalism and undeniable hooks.

GAUCI single 'Dead Afraid'

Spanning hard rock to shimmering pop, Growing Pains described the years-in-the-making mixtape as their “best body of work,” saying it “[taps] into all of our collective influences [to] create something that we’d love to listen to ourselves.”

While the trio — comprised of Felix Lush and siblings David and Antonia Gauci — have released a string of stellar singles since 2016, Dead Afraid will mark their debut full-tracklist offering. 

GAUCI have readied audiences for their mixtape with the release of new single, Dead Afraid. Sitting firmly within a shoegaze sound, the single coasts on modern electronic flairs, jittery beats and fuzzy guitar riffs.


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Anchored by a distinct dark wave feel, Dead Afraid swells with stirring intensity, flecked with menacing bass and power chords, as Antonia muses on grief, transitory connections and isolation. 

The song was conceived in the wake of the passing of Gauci’s grandmother, a moment she said in a press statement left her “shattered and completely heartbroken.”

She continued: “It’s me trying to claw my way back out of it all. It’s sad, it’s cathartic, loud, and I love that it’s unlike anything we’ve ever made before.” 

At once recalling the production of Safia, with WILLOW vocals and chords in the vein of Paramore, Dead Afraid kickstarts what’s sure to be a breakout moment for Australia’s shiniest alt-pop stars.

Listen to GAUCI’s new single Dead Afraid below, and keep an eye out for their debut mixtape Growing Pains due out on March 21.