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Sydney’s indie rock and soul five-piece, Jackie Brown Jr release ‘Dead Bodies’

Sydney’s indie rock and soul five-piece, Jackie Brown Jr, are today thrilled to reveal their upcoming single ‘Dead Bodies’. Echoing the frustration of relationships with no follow through, the track debuts the burning guitar work of guitarist Hilary Geddes (The Buoys) – the band’s newest member.

Following their 2018 debut release ‘Over Abroad’, the quintet bring ‘Dead Bodies’ – a heart wrenching anthem, jamming along to a very frustrating 2020.

In talking about the song the band says, “Dead Bodies is like a dark comedy about a long distance relationship. Will it last? Will it not? It’s that feeling of just trying to laugh through the pain and using humour to deal with stuff”.

Working with videographer Benjamin Ling, the single will be the centre of their newest music video shows the journey of five spirits finding their way back together through the beautiful surrounds of Sydney. “In light of social restrictions due to COVID-19 we want to use this opportunity to (virtually) reunite our Sydney music community through this music video” says the band. “With Ben, we have developed a strong story and a fun way to carry it out”. It features guest appearances from Emily Wurramurra, Cry Club, Baby Beef, and Good Pash, to name a few.

The self-described “fun-loving, good-time people” of Jackie Brown Jr are lead singer and saxophonist Madeleine Mallis, drummer and MC Rhyan Clapham (DOBBY), guitarist and keyboard player Michael J Brady, bassist Gideon Traurig, and guitarist Hilary Geddes. Meeting in 2014 during the beginning of their music degrees at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in 2020 the band welcomed Hilary following the departure of guitarist Ben McDermott.

Each invested in social justice, the band support causes for mental health, gender diversity in music, safe spaces, and the rights of indigenous groups, minorities, and the LGBTQI+ community. Lead singer Maddy is a cofounder of Bedrock Collective, a Sydney-based arts initiative that works to create multi-disciplinary spaces and collaborations between creatives in challenging environments, and drummer/MC Rhyan is an outspoken Aboriginal rights activist and teacher at UNSW for Indigenous students.

At its core, Jackie Brown Jr’s music is unashamedly drawn from the band members’ own lives, consisting of a diverse range of tastes, genres and experiences.

Recorded and mixed by Sean Carey and mastered by Andrew Edgson, ‘Dead Bodies’ came together at Church St Studios, Sydney, from 2019 to 2020. To celebrate the track’s release, Jackie Brown Jr will be launching the single in late October with a Sydney Show on November 8th at the Lansdowne for their ‘Great Southern Nights’ programming .