I’ve wanted to review this band for a while but have been tossing up whether I want to keep them a secret or not. If my Facebook stalking is correct, the band of four met in school and has been playing the Melbourne scene since 2014.
I first saw them last year when they supported indie-folk band Mango Retreat’s EP launch at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy. I remember thinking that the lead singer had a really strong voice, but it wasn’t until I saw them play at the Penny Black in Brunswick and more recently at the Arcadia Hotel in South Yarra, that I took a real liking to the Brunga’s sound.
Brungas Band is named after the band’s bassist Alex Brunga. They are a group of good-looking young guys with an indie-surf-rock sound, and hot, original lyrics and melodies to boogie to. Their stage presence is also on point- the lead singer even took his shirt off at one of their shows (sadly I missed that one).
Their inclusion of brass and strings in their music is interesting, especially now that we’ve entered an age of electronically manipulated music. The Brungas beach sound instead takes us back to the 70s and 80s, with tunes similar to The Beatles.
My favourite song is Weekend Darter and I don’t think I’m the only one since it’s the band’s most listened to song on SoundCloud with over 13, 000 listens. It’s a song about smoking darts on the weekend and I think it’s a way better name for a “casual smoker” since it actually makes me want to be a “Weekend Darter”.
Beach Song was the song that first got me dancing. It’s a bit of a head-banger and a hip-swayer. Saw You At The Bar and Moorey’s Mum are good tunes too. Charlie and his trombone in Saw You At The Bar is always a highlight at the band’s gigs, maybe because Charlie doesn’t sing. The bass drum is particularly good in Erving but gives all their songs a good backbone.
Basically all their tracks will make you want to groove except Sailing, and Ignorance, which are softer, easy listening tracks (perhaps good for a dance break).
The Brungas are yet to release an EP but I hope one is in the making.
Listen if you like The Beatles, The Strokes, and Mac Demarco, or if you just want to have a boogie!