Perth-based progressive punk band Heligan were always going to be something special, attracting the mastery of Sam Ford of Tone City Recording Studio (Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Birds of Tokyo, Pond) for their first-ever outing. The result, their debut single ‘Castaways’, can be heard below, with an official release date slated for tomorrow (July 16th). ‘Castaways’ was the outcome of songwriter/guitarist Miles Green re-directing his energies to music at the beginning of the COVID outbreak last year.
“The lockdown in early 2020 gave me the time to lock myself in the studio to begin writing,” Green told BLUNT. “‘Castaways’ was the song that cemented the sound I wanted to pursue for Heligan. After encountering corruption and abuses of power myself and hearing countless tales from others, ‘Castaways’ is an expression of the anger and frustration that these situations bring about. I hope the song empowers those suffering a similar fate to find the power to speak out and fight against corruption.”
Joined by bassist Josh Young and drummer Sean McMurdo, Heligan are making the music that they wanted to hear but couldn’t find anyone producing. Their mission ties into their ideals about the preservation of the environment and an appreciation of nature, with their name taken from The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England. Green associates the location with his childhood memories, with the spectacular gardens having been cultivated by members of the Cornish Tremayne family from the mid-18th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
Heligan will celebrate the release of their debut single at a launch party at Convenients, Northbridge tomorrow night, alongside legendary Perth rockers Ragdoll and up-and-coming artists Rinrin and Scatterback. Get your tickets here.
Check out the debut single from Heligan below and pre-save it here.