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‘In My Room’ With Bugs

Brisbane’s Bugs perform acoustic versions of “Old Youth Feeling”, “Diamond”, and “Heart On Your Sleeve” for our ‘In My Room’ series.

Brisbane’s Bugs have shared a trio of acoustic jams for the latest instalment of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home following a year which has seen live shows become a rarity.

If you’re the type to keep your finger closely on the pulse of the Aussie music scene, then Brisbane outfit Bugs are likely one outfit that you’ve been championing for quite some time. Having released their second album, Self Help, in 2019, the group went into 2020 with all guns blazing.

Kicking off the year with a cover of Mallrat’s “Charlie” for triple j’s weekly Like a Version session, and seeing the track voted into the Hottest 100 at #91, Bugs gave fans a taste of what was set to come next by way of their singles “Can’t Get Enough” in April and “Old Youth Feeling” in November, the group returned once again just last week with their latest effort, the stunning “Diamond”.

“‘Diamond’ is about modern society’s obsession with status; acquisition of assets prioritised over humanity and empathy,” Brooker explains. “It pokes fun at the lifestyle choices of people who pursue such vain fulfilment.

“I’ve always thought someone whose self esteem runs in parity with the need to purchase things must be lacking in fundamental quality. I can’t imagine feeding capitalism based on insecurity grows a personality of much substance.”

With a new single out in the world and 2021 looking a little brighter than 2021, Brooker and Jordan Brunoli treated us to a special acoustic performance for our ‘In My Room’ series. Performing with the ambient sounds of nature behind them, the breezy, stripped-back set saw Brooker and Brunoli kick things off with renditions of “Old Youth Feeling” and “Diamond”, before Brooker took on 2019’s “Heart on Your Sleeve” solo.

Check out Bugs’ performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone Australia’s Instagram page. In the meantime, their latest single, “Diamond”, was officially released last week. Bugs will also be hitting the road for a tour in the near future, so keep an eye out for dates.