“a pastiche of psychedelic pop melodies” – Happy
“a hefty dose of upbeat, tropical jams to bop along to” – Music Feeds
Canberra tropical-funk quartet Young Monks today make their long-awaited return with the mind-bending single ‘Bayside Suicide’, the first new music from the band since 2016. Accompanied by a trippy and vivid ultraviolet video, the track is a fresh cut from their upcoming, yet-to-be-announced debut album, and will be launched with a hometown UV party at Mr Wolf on June 1.
Exploring a sense of altered reality and existence in a dream-state, ‘Bayside Suicide’ considers the unconscious mind and how it links to one’s spiritual being. In Young Monks’ signature experimental style, groovy, euphoric instrumentation overlaid with hazy, reverb-rich vocals evoke a breezy, carefree mood, combining warm, buttery, pop melodies with production wizardry and elements of new wave, dreamy psychedelia.
WATCH: 'Bayside Suicide' - Young Monks
Explaining the song’s conception, the band explains, “The first verse of ’Bayside Suicide’ is based off a dream one of our band-members had, it’s not exactly a story or one solid idea that’s been finalised, rather it’s the journey through the curious and odd parts of perception. When it came time to shoot the video, we wanted to follow on with the abstract ideas and dive right into that distorted reality while truly reflecting our musical style and us as a band – so we chose to convey a feeling of psychedelia, allowing the viewer to perceive and explore their senses aided by a cacophony of UV colour, dance and movement.”
Canberra four-piece Young Monks – Matt Santos (vocals), Sam Koster (guitar, vocals, production), Stephen Reinhart (guitar, keys, vocals), Tommy Caldwell (bass) – have spent the past three years creating and refining their infectious blend of neo-psychedelic rock, crafting trippy and adventurous musical odysseys influenced by artists such as Tame Impala, Glass Animals and The Avalanches. Amassing over 2.1 million streams and 50,000+ monthly Spotify listeners with fan-favourites ‘Bad Bad Freddy’ and ‘Jarmin In The Dark’, Young Monks have shared the stage with standout local artists including Ocean Alley, Hands Like Houses and Saskwatch.
'Bayside Suicide' - YOUNG MONKS [Single]
Available to stream or purchase here
‘BAYSIDE SUICIDE’ UV LAUNCH PARTY
Tickets on sale from youngmonks.net
Friday 1 June – Mr Wolf, Canberra