Sydney group The Finalists follow up their earlier single ‘Ignore All The Hate (On Your Telephone)’, premiered here on Backseat Mafia, with a bright jangly sixties-infused track ‘Learn to Live Without You’. And to add to the excitement, they have also announced the date for the release of their new album ‘First’ on 6 November 2020, through Half a Cow Records.

Echoes of The Byrds with sparkling guitars and harmonies, this picks up the tempo considerably but maintains that earnest veracity that featured in their previous single. Starting with a very trippy psychedelic intro, the song jangles on with lovely layered vocals and a slight alt. country twang. It’s wild out there in the inner west of Sydney.

Singer/guitarist Mark Tobin wears his influences, along with his heart, on his sleeve:

The more we played (the track), the more psychedelic it became. We shamelessly channelled our heroes, The Beatles and The Byrds, and covered the song with 12-string guitars, Ringo style drums and harmonies. This song, like many others, is about the impermanence of relationships, and the realisation that sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent an imminent painful loss.

The result is a shimmering and sparkling track imbued with a melancholic air:

Lovely stuff. Out now through Half a Cow Records, you can get the single through the link above and it will be on The Finalists’ album ‘First’ due out on 6 November 2020.

The Finalists will be launching First at a limited capacity show at the legendary Petersham Bowling Club on Friday, November 6th, alongside John Sharkey III.

The Finalists consist of heavy-weights of Sydney’s inner city indie music – scene singer/guitarist and songwriter Mark Tobin (Scarlet, Panic Syndrome, The Black Halo), guitarist Robert Young (The Wednesday Night, Semi Lemon Kola), bassist Chris Familton (Charlie Horse, Thorazine Shuffle) and drummer Matt Brown (Charlie Horse).