SYDNEY — Big things are expected of Erthlings.
The quartet of Sydney schoolgirls, each member just 16 years of age, has just been signed by Sydney record label Future Classic. “Bridges,” the group’s debut single, bowed in August on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national youth radio network triple j.
The moody indie pop tune with dreamy, washed-out vocals — which has clocked 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify Australia, with nearly 800,000 streams — was quickly picked up internationally by Matt Wilkinson and Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio; Austin, Texas, radio station KUTX, which named Bridges ‘Song of The Day’ on Sept. 21, and The Line of Best Fit, the U.K.’s biggest independent music discovery web site. The latter’s editor, Paul Bridgewater, described “Bridges” as “the most impressive debut single you’ll hear this year.”
Last month, Erthlings shot their first video with Sydney fashion photographer and videographer Cybele Malinowski and did two live performances at the Bigsound music festival in Brisbane, Australia, followed up by several live gigs at Sydney music venues — all while juggling Year 10 exams.
“It was all pretty crazy,” says Issy Lowe, who helms the band’s vocals and keyboards, together with Taylor Shutes on bass, guitarist