Grief can tear us apart. But for Melbourne outfit Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird grief, and the subsequent process of healing, have augured the band’s most powerful single yet, Bluestone. Shimmering with guitars and life-affirming brass, frontman Lachlan Rose sizes up to both the pain and the promise of renewal when he sings: “I love you for leaving/‘Cause I know that it’s hard/To break down a bluestone wall.”
Perennial indie darlings, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird have played hard and earned their stripes as a band ‘to watch’ nationally. With two critically acclaimed albums and millions of streams to their name, the band have left a string of indie hits in their wake, including Melbourne Bitter, Head Home and Love Is Heartbreak. But it’s on the live stage that Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird truly conquers.
Now on the eve of the release of their third longplayer – still under-wraps, but scheduled for 2022 – the band hints at a newfound maturity that is destined to take them to the world. As the album’s inaugural single, When This Is Over, so anthemically implores: “My baby, just maybe, when this is over… would you care to dance.”