Back in April, two unsung heroes of the 2016 Rock And Roll Rumble were guitarists Mike Oram and Craig Small. Oram made a name for himself pulling double rock and roll duty in the preliminary week and again in the semi-finals with Eric Salt And The Electric City and Abbie Barrett’s band, while Small silenced the doubters by filling in mid-Rumble for Worshipper’s Alejandro Necochea, riding a torrent of metal riffage that catapulted the quartet all to the ’16 Rumble crown.
This morning, Oram and Small are back in action as joint guitarists and vocalists with Airport, joined by Mike Martino on drums, bassist Evan Orfanos, and Chris Bell on keyboards for the release of new single “Dutudu”. The catchy, jangly smoke-stained AM pop-rock track — with a title that becomes infinity more pronounceable once you listen to it — can be heard below via Bandcamp. It’s our latest Vanyaland premiere.
“This is a tune that has been in our live set for a while, finally seeing the light of day as a fresh recording,” Small tells Vanyaland, adding that “Dutudu” will be featured on Airport’s upcoming EP, set for release late in the summer or early fall. “The song is really about this general feeling getting lost in the noise. Getting swallowed up by the world. It’s somewhere between this exhalation of frustration and ‘Meh. Don’t let that shit get you down.’ Melodically, it’s kind of a nod to Crowded House, dark, yet positive. Melancholy but cheerful.”