Today, beloved Brisbane band Bugs are thrilled to release their long-awaited second album, ‘Self Help’. Already making major waves with the album’s lead-in single - ‘Seriously’ premiered on triple j before being added to rotation - ‘Self Help’ is the band at their sonic and lyrical best.
The release comes ahead of the trio's upcoming appearance at Yours & Owls festival, plus dates with Aussie legends Grinspoon next month, to be followed by a headline national tour in support of 'Self Help' in November.
‘Self Help’ allows Bugs to grow their melodic wings and explore unforeseen layers of vulnerability and candor. Growth is rarely painless, and ‘Self Help’ seeks to traverse the uncharted terrain of self-improvement and emotional maturation.
“We’ve poured a lot of our hearts into this labour of love and are quite proud of what we’ve achieved together,” front man Connor Brooker says of ‘Self Help’. “It explores a range of themes in a relatively introspective manner. The songs are intimately connected to personal experiences, but we wanted the core principal of the record to be relatable across a broad demographic of people.”
'Self Help’ toes a delicate line, that of maintaining the band’s signature flavours of self-deprecation, whilst leaving room to reveal a more introspective side.
“A recurring rhetoric of self-questioning chaos, the album serves as a track-by-track reminder that analysing the way your actions affect the world around you can lead to profound growth,” reflects Brooker. “Feeling the spectrum of emotions associated with this process is necessary to truly benefit from it and adds to the highs & lows narrative style of our writing.”
‘Self Help’ was recorded, mixed, and produced by the band's own Brock Weston at Brisbane’s Bedlam Records, and mastered by Tyson Ruth at Studio Truth.