Geek hip-hop all-stars, The Winnie Coopers return in style with the launch of their hotly tipped new album Surface Parasites on October 23 at Fitzy’s Loganholme for a one night only Brisbane hip-hop triple bill party which also features The Optimen and The Coalition Crew.
The Winnie Coopers have been working hard to move this country forward and out of a musical recession that… has seen the increase in boat arrivals for the likes of Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and have therefore taken the extraordinary fiscal approach by appointing a 15 year old school student as their band manager who has the dubious task of completing both year 11 mathematics homework as well as saving the music industry by getting the Coop’s into the ears of real music lovers all over the world. Sadly, as she cannot drive, manager Maddy Mosdef will have to do all of this via public transport, with pocket-money and still hand in her English essay on time.
We all know a place like Surfers Paradise, or as the locals call it, Surface Parasites. A place caught somewhere between hope and despair, beauty and horror and love and hate. This is the cityscape backdrop for Gold Coast hip-hop stalwarts The Winnie Coopers third album, Surface Parasites. Yet this offering is more than a commentary on the neon-soaked and plastic environment the live five-piece call home, it is a vulnerable insight into their growth and development not just as musicians but also as people.
Calling in the renowned services of ARIA award winning Brisbane producer Magoo (TZU, Regurgitator and Midnight Oil to name a few) and with guest spots from the indefinable pop songstress Kate Miler-Heidke and the mischievous cult hero emcee Evil Eddie (Butterfingers), this album bleeds Queenslander maroon. With their hearts on their sleeves, and with nods to those they have toured with, The Beastie Boys, Michael Franti and Ugly Duckling, this is the Winnie Coopers at their humorous and thought-provoking best.
Once again the lines between hip-hop, rock and reggae are blurred with sugary-sweet harmonies and infectious hooks as the Coopers make fun of the industry, the haters but above all themselves. Following up the lauded Worth the Weight (2008) (Rolling Stone 3 ½ stars) and the Triple J favourite Being Different which featured Success, Surface Parasites is sure to get tongues wagging and heads nodding again.
Joining this triple hip-hop bill will be The Optimen and The Coalition Crew who need no introduction to hip hop fans around Australia.
The Optimen will be coming off fresh from the big stage after representing Brissy hip-hop at BigSound and from the release of their latest hip-hop album The Out of Money Experience which has cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting groups in Australian hip hop today.
The Coalition Crew are Brisbane’s leading source of conscious, political hip hop and veterans of the live circuit, they continue to activate crowds with raw, poetic and charismatic lyrics delivered with force and some of the finest, fattest and instrument laden beats ever to have emerged from Qld which gained the attention of Melbourne hip hop powerhouse Obese Records as their first ever Qld signing.
The Winnie Coopers play Fitzy’s Loganholme on October 23. Tickets are $18 plus booking fees or $20 at the door and are available now through Oztix.com.au and all regular outlets. Maddy Mosdef has decreed that as her first act of hip hop parliament every ticket holder will receive a copy of the new album Surface Parasites to give the punters some bang for their buck. In the lead up to the big night Brisbane Sounds will have weekly interviews with Maddy as she tries to make this the best gig of the year. No pressure of course!
The Winnie Coopers ‘Surface Parasites’ Album Launch
Saturday, October 23
Fitzy’s Loganholme, 7pm
Featuring performances from:
The Winnie Coopers
The Coalition Crew
+ more to be announced!
Free copy of Surface Parasites album included in ticket price!
Purchase Surface Parasites here via iTunes.