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Newcastle singer-songwriter Brendan Hamilton at his ‘honest’ best

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Are you looking for a collection of songs with honest lyrics, emotional vocals and 90s/00s vibes?

If the answer is “yes”, then make sure you listen to the latest offering from Newcastle singer-songwriter Brendan Hamilton.

The gifted musician, formerly the drummer for Broadway Mile, is releasing his debut four-track EP, This Is Me, on Friday 26 November.

“This project is about getting my music out there,” he said.

“I’m 33 now. I know I’m not that old.

“But, I have a great life.

“I spent my 20s trying to be a rock star. And, it sucked.

“I also ran a successful wedding DJ business.

“I’ve probably done more than 1,000 gigs in my life.

“Now, I just want to show what I can do.

“It’s for me, my friends, family and anyone else who cares.”

All four tracks were recorded and co-produced with Rhys Zacher at Spinlight Studio.

Both Hamilton and Zacher grew up listening to similar music, such as Blink 182, Paramore, Matchbox Twenty, The Fray and The Goo Goo Dolls.

This comes through in the songwriting and production, according to Hamilton.

“Some of the best music ever written was in the 90s and 00s,” he said.

“I don’t shy away from that.

“I’ll even defend Nickelback.

“Say what you want, but How You Remind is sick and Chad Kroeger (The Paddle-Pop Lion) can sing.

“However, I’m also a big fan of some of the new stuff that’s coming out, such as Toby Johnson, Amy Shark, Taylor Swift, Dean Lewis, Ed Sheeran, Vance Joy and James Bay.

“If it’s a good song, it’s a good song.”

The tunes on this EP weren’t thrown together in a few months.

They’ve been carefully picked from a body of work, spanning a while, starting from Hamilton’s final years at law school.

“I was in my 4th or 5th year of law school – and it had been a few years since I’d written music,” he said.

“I think I was pretty bitter after Broadway Mile (my old band) broke up.

“So, I sold my soul and became a law student.

“Music took a back seat.

“But, I guess it never really went away.

“I was doing some pretty intense assessments and I needed an outlet.

“That’s when I wrote When We Collide.

“Everything came after that, including the title track, This Is Me.

“When I was writing it, I think I wanted to ‘tell the world’ who I really am.

“I felt like I’d missed that opportunity with previous musical projects.

“Maybe I was afraid to be really honest in my lyrics.

“So, this time around, I laid it all out.

“I approached it like ‘If this is the last song I write, I want to be 100% honest’.

“That’s what I did – and I’m really proud of what I created.”

The other two songs, Little Things and Headlights, were written in 2021.

And, they both have really personal meanings.

Little Things was written after a really sh*t day,” Hamilton explained.

“I wanted to find the good in the bad.

“So, I wrote a song about finding perspective.

Headlights was inspired by my partner.

“Okay, we’ve never driven all night with ‘no headlights’ – it’s a metaphor.

“There’s also a hidden meaning in that song. I wonder if anyone will notice…”

While in Broadway Mile, Hamilton supported acts such as Jon Stevens (Noiseworks), Dragon, You Am I and Bluejuice.

He also co-wrote two songs that reached #1 on the Triple J Unearthed Charts.

This Is Me (EP) will be available on all major streaming platforms.

Check out Brendan Hamilton on Spotify, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

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