If you love Brisbane just as much as this band does, then they may be on your next playlist.

The Mangroves is a new band that formed off the back of a joke on comedy podcast Unpacking Brisbane, but all jokes aside, they have now released an album that is solely dedicated to singing about Brisbane and it’s suburbs. Producing raw, local sounds, the band has been described as “accidentally good.”

The group of four friends, Hamish, Joe, Nelson and Henry, have the vision of getting Brisbane more on the map. In doing so, they are channeling music that is a mix of The Go-Betweens, The Saints, and Paul Kelly.

Their newly released album, What’s Better Than Brisbane, has 11 tracks all about giving Brisbane its long-deserved recognition as the best city in Australia. Covering everything from running into your old house captain at Friday’s, the Red Hill skate park teens, to your girlfriend dumping you to move to Sydney, What’s Better Than Brisbane? is an intimate portrait of the third largest capital city in Australia. Described by critics as ‘the least accessible album of the decade’, if you’re not from Brisbane, this band isn’t for you.

‘What’s Better Than Brisbane?’ can be accessed on Spotify. Listen to The Mangroves if you’re a fan of Australian Crawl, The Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly and The Hoodoo Gurus.

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