With sounds primed for a hot summer ahead, New Zealand four piece Mako Road have arrived with the perfect soundtrack for long nights and hazy days, with the Local Safari EP. Due for release this month, the band invites the listener into this dreamy soundscape marked by cruisy riffs and rich vocals and harmonies.
Cut from the same musical cloth as the likes of Bootleg Rascal and Ocean Alley, Mako Road fuse irresistible melodies together with an easy going charm that on record will envelop any listener.
As lead vocalist Rhian Ward’s velvety tones warp their way around well-paced instrumentation, lead single ‘Local Safari’ paints a picture of easy days spent beachside, soaking up great times in excellent company. The single is a fitting representation of where 2018 has taken the band.
“We chose ‘Local Safari’ as the single ‘cos it best sums up our attitude towards life at the moment. We get heaps out of travelling ‘round and meeting people, seeing new places and experiences. It’s been a huge part of this year for us, and we’ve all cleared our summer schedules so we can do more of it over the next few months.” Mako Road
We hear deft switches between the more vibrant sounds, and the more introspective. Opting for a more personal touch on ‘Lady’ and ‘Happiness & Misery’, Ward’s songwriting chops are highlighted as particular strength of the EP. A more focused effort, Local Safari sees Mako Road operating in a more refined, cohesive creative space.
“The ‘Local Safari’ EP was written with more focus on where we want to go with our live sound. ‘Happiness & Misery’ and ‘Open Plan Living’ are a step in a different direction, we wanted to show off what we can do musically. CJ’s bass fills and slap bass feature in this EP and Connor brings more developed effects and variety in his lead guitar.” Rhian Ward
To coincide with the announcement of Mako Road’s new EP, the band have also gifted fans with a brand new music video for ‘Open Plan Living’. A fun traipse through a number of different settings, Mako Road make themselves at home outdoors, in the office, on the sea, in a number of different guises. Directed by Tom Irwin, ‘Open Plan Living’ is another example of the fun Mako Road have had with bringing their Local Safari EP to life.
With the release of Mako Road’s Local Safari EP, the band will be touring through New Zealand, while also returning to Australia this summer to bring the record to life for the first time. Making the east coast their temporary home this December, Mako Road are hitting venues across Melbourne, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Wollongong and Sydney; for many, this will serve as a welcome return but undoubtedly, the tour is going to be the gateway for a fine introduction to a band we Australians are soon going to be claiming as our own.