Brisbane alternative-spooky-surf-spaghetti-western-pop The Double Happiness will be the first band to join local gospel-soulsters The Holy Rollercoasters at the latter’s Greaser stint on Saturday 3 February.

Singer and guitarist of The Double Happiness Kristen Fergusson says the two bands are “kissin’ cousins with our shared passions of all things 60’s.”

The Double Happiness describe their sound as “craft guitar tunes awash with reverb, surf beats and dreamy vocals”, which will match the main course of The Holy Rollercoasters’ jazzed up soul and gospel, featuring horns aplenty.

“Our surf guitar will embrace the blues on one big fun beach blanket,” says Kristen.

“There will be games of Twister while watching The Creature from the Black Lagoon on a black and white portable TV.”

The Greaser gig will be the first of four The Holy Rollercoasters performances, scaling from February to May. The Jimi Beavis and Andrew Garton-led band features some of the best young jazz musicians, bluesman Beavis’ words and vocals, and the music of QMA-nominated Garton.

The Double Happiness spent the majority of last year recording, and cannot wait to take the stage to perform the fruit of last year’s labour.

“The Double Happiness are very excited about 2018 because we have just finished recording our first EP City and will be launching it in February or March,” says Kristen.

The band will be collaborating with Valley Heat Records and releasing City on cassette and CD. The plan for 2018 is to launch three EPs, the first set to be released before Easter.

Brisbane is the star of the band’s EP, being the aforementioned city, but the collection almost takes dives into nearby coastal towns.

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