I thought my blog needed a place where I could talk about what I am listening to and write about upcoming Aussie artists that the world outside of our large-small island nation deserves to know about! We no longer have CD players that get stuck, but songs still get stuck in our heads, or at least in our Spotify playlists. One song that has been in high rotation on my listening agenda is this jam from self-described ‘dance pop’ duo who have ‘txt msg lyrics’ – Heaps Good Friends. The song is called Olympic Sneakers. Listen on Spotify here.
For some reason, the vocals strongly remind me of early San Cisco, but they are expressed in a little bit less happy-go-lucky manner. Like a slightly more grown up San Cisco? That has moved from naive ‘we-spend-too-much-time-together’ early teen puppy love to, ‘are-we-even-dating’ young adult romance. It also kind of reminds me of hey did I do you wrong but is a bit less apologetic…
I feel the song vocalises the confusion felt by many young people these days. You know when you are kind of seeing someone but not really and it starts to feel a bit shit and you sort of wanna break up with the person but you aren’t sure if you can because it’s a bit iffy about what you mean to that person, and even more iffy what they mean to you.
How do you break up with someone you were never really dating? I would suggest you run, run, run like you wear Olympic sneakers.
The imagery that the lyrics create – setting fire to your to-do list, chewed up bubble gum, and toilet paper on your shoes conjure up feelings of hopeless, uncertainty and impulsivity. Feelings closely associated with growing up and navigating “the real world” as an adult.
The song has a synthy energy to it. When I listen to it I sort of imagine myself a few years ago, front and centre at a small underground gig in a dingy basement bar somewhere sipping on an IPA on a tinder date to a gig. In my weird imaginary song day dream, Heaps Good Friends just happened to be performing and I had no clue who the f*** they were but by the end of their set I would basically be their number one fan girl. That may have been an odd digression… but I think it’s cool that music can take you back to your past and make you reimagine a former time and remember what it felt like. It almost makes me feel nostalgic for a time where I was 21, drank too much craft beer and barely had a to-do list, let alone one to burn. A time where I couldn’t define my relationship status even if I had wanted to.
That may have been an odd digression… but I think it’s cool that music can take you back to your past and make you reimagine a former time and remember what it felt like. It almost makes me feel nostalgic for a time where I was 21, drank too much craft beer and barely had a to-do list, let alone one to burn. A time where I couldn’t define my relationship status even if I had wanted to.
I’ll be honest I nearly impulse bought a ticket to their gig with the Jungle Giants after writing this post but realised that my YOLO must attend every gig attitude has been replaced with a more realistic brand of i-have-a-crippling-HECS-debt and need to have self-control until I’ve purchased vegetables and paid my phone bill. Nonetheless, I am excited to see what is next for Heaps Good Friends.
I would put this song on a playlist with healthy doses of Verge Collection, Northeast Party House and a bit of Gang of Youths thrown in for good measure, and maybe even some the Middle East for old times sake.
Please check Heaps Good Friends out on Triple J Unearthed here. If you like their stuff, buy their record or merch or go to their gig. Support Aussie artists yo.