It’s been far too long since we’ve heard the jangly pop tones of Brisbane’s Major Leagues. Their debut EP Weird Season released last year won the band plenty of praise and adoration from new fans and critics alike. Since then the band have been busy touring their asses off, featured on Rice is Nice’s chicks only mixtape and are set to wow crowds at this year’s massive BIGSOUND conference.
Okay so maybe it hasn’t been that long since we heard from the band, but with such quality songwriting we wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little antsy waiting for new music from Major Leagues. Thankfully, the band have new music premiering today in the form of Someone Sometime.
It’s been over a year since we’ve heard new music from the Brissie quartet and Someone Sometime finds Major Leagues back in all their jangle rock glory.
The release of Someone Sometime comes in time with the band’s signing to Popfrenzy Records, who have done some great things supporting quality Aussie acts like Alyx Dennison and Jonathan Boulet. If you were frothing over the laid back guitars and dissonant vocals of Weird Season then Someone Sometime won’t leave you disappointed. The quiet intensity is still very much there bubbling away under the surface of smiling poppy melody.
The song takes on themes of intimacy and independence and plays the two off each other in a delectable four minute pop rock song. “Please don’t call me over / Don’t want to mess this over / You outta settle down” is a sweet, yet sadly accurate impression of the modern romance Gen Y experiences.
The track chugs along at a nice pace, the verses are intimate and pretty while the chorus is bolstered by guitars. The layered vocals are catchy as hell, seriously good luck trying to get it out of your head after that first listen. Kudos is due to Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s Jacob Portrait and Miro Mackie who helped mix and engineer the track respectively.
The slacker rock and garage elements are there in the delivery of the track for sure, but the way each instruments sits in the mix allows Someone Sometime to have a generous amount of space, each part given ample opportunity to breathe and spread its wings. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself drawn to parts of the song on each listen, whether it be those cheeky cymbal crashes or subtle synths lurking in the background.
As a first taste of Major League’s sophomore EP Someone Sometime works well as a tantalising appetiser. The band will be playing a handful of shows this month, so be sure to get down and check them out! Get yo tix here.
Thursday 16 July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Friday 17 July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
Saturday 25 July – Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne