Winston Surf Shirt Debut Album - Sponge Cake


One of Australia's biggest breakout acts, Winston Surfshirt have today unveiled their highly anticipated debut album Sponge Cake, out today on Sweat It Out.
Sponge Cake maintains Winston's signature vocals throughout 16 tracks, combining elements of soul, hip-hop and rap to produce smooth croons likened to Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest. Mixed by George Nicholas of Seekae & CUF, Sponge Cake combines tempestuous grooves and admirable instrumentation to take the listener on a mesmeric sonic journey.
 Opening track “Juan” sets the scene for the album, introducing a catchy beat that retains throughout with the band’s all familiar horn section. Next comes the fan favourite “Ali D”, before the slow burning “Nowhere” reduces the pace and softens the mood. Indulging in the relaxed pace a little longer is “Be About You” and “TwennyFive” featuring American rapper Eric Biddines, with Winston’s soulful harmonies complimenting Biddines' distinctive vocals. “On The Lock” arrives next, beginning with an instrumental before sinking into a memorable rhythmic groove, driven by Dool's impeccable keys. Venturing further in the closing tracks of the album, is “Round & Round” making an instant impression, combining serene harp melodies with intricate harmonies, demonstrating the band’s knack for diversity and dynamism. Finally, eight minute closing track “Cast in Stone” takes the listener one last time through all the different flavours of Sponge Cake.
Winston on Sponge Cake: “I started writing for Sponge Cake three years ago now, I had it finished and mastered in September of 2015 and was set to release it independently as it was. A couple months later I started working on a song with a local group called Polographia. They were really interested in the album and passed it on to their management Astral People. One year later we were being managed by Astral People and signed to Sweat It Out. The album evolved, songs were scrapped and others were added. We then managed to get George Nicholas from Seekae to mix the whole album which just pushed everything to a completely new level and I’ve never been happier that I didn’t release it two years ago… “
It’s been a tremendous year for the band. Led by founding member, UK-via-Sydney's Winston Surfshirt, they exploded onto the scene with their debut single "Be About You" back in January, soaring to #1on Australia’s Spotify Viral Charts. Both their debut and follow up single “Ali D” garnered strong support from triple j RadioBeats 1 and Sir Elton John, with Sir Elton even calling the band to deliver personal praise over the phone. The band sold out their entire debut national tour and were handpicked to open for rock legends Midnight Oil on their inaugural show of their world tour. More recently, they played a standout set at this year’s Splendour In The Grass Festival and were then chosen to perform on triple j’s Like A Version, where they delivered an impeccable rendition of 50 Cent & Nate Dogg’s “21 Questions”. In addition, Sponge Cake was named triple j’s Feature Album this week, the cherry on top of their debut release. 

  To celebrate their debut album, Winston Surfshirt are embarking on a huge national headline tour (their second of the year), hitting all states this November and December. The band will be joined by label mates and frequent collaborators, Polographia and local legend Crooked Letter. Tickets are selling fast, with additional shows already added in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane due to the first being sold out - a clear illumination of the band's rapidly growing fanbase. 

Sponge Cake is without a doubt one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Don’t miss out on a chance to see Sydney’s most prolific six-piece live and witness why the whole world is talking about Winston Surfshirt.