Magnetic Lives by Hillsborough – Song of the Day

4 October 2022 | 12:42 pm | Mallory Arbour

'Magnetic Lives' is out now!


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From their debut album Comin’ Back For You, out today, Brisbane/Meanjin alt-country/blues artist, Hillsborough’s third single from the release, Magnetic Lives, is our Song of the Day!

With inspiration mined from a wide range of sources – from Outlaw Country to 60’s West Coast Psychedelia and beyond – Hillsborough’s nostalgic cowboy songs feature stripped back guitar wrangling, vintage keys, and classic harmonies.

Magnetic Lives was written by frontman Phil Usher, mixed by Richie Belkner at Free Energy Device, mastered by Matthew Gray, and recorded by Dan James at BBC Studios. The accompanying music video, premiering exclusively on Countrytown today, was directed, filmed, and edited by Hillsborough.

Magnetic Lives follows their previous singles Trouble Finds Its Way and Comin’ Back For You, which have already garnered international attention, creating fevered anticipation with fans, radio, and press. Hillsborough have had spins on Double J, 4zzz, ABC radio and many more.

The first leg of Hillsborough’s national tour kicks off in South East Queensland in October 2022.

Comprised of Usher on vocals, guitar and harp, Beata Maglai on vocals, keys and percussion, Glen Russell on double bass and Jonathan Pickvance on drums, the name Hillsborough was adopted as a tribute to a region in Western Queensland where Usher’s family have been living since the late 1800’s.

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Since 2016, Hillsborough have been peddling their own brand of alt-country/blues at bars and festivals around Queensland.

The culmination of years treading the boards at live music venues and festivals around the globe, Phil and Beata have had the privilege of sharing the stage with a weird and wonderful kaleidoscope of artists – from The Dandy Warhols through to Tina Arena and many in between.

Started initially as a side project to Brisbane’s psych/garage machine Sacred Shrines, the group has morphed from predominantly a solo project to a duo and then to a fully-fledged band over the duration of recording their debut album.

Chief songwriter, Usher has also had his work featured internationally on tv shows and movies, with songs featured on Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Bondi Rescue, Underbelly and more.

Listen to the song below!


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