Bagful of Beez - Balene Bonanza
  • RELEASE DATE /16 September 2021
  • LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
  • FORMAT /Digital single



Cheersquad Records & Tapes is excited to announce ‘Balene Bonanza’, Link McLennan’s second single of his first album under the moniker Bagful of Beez, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Beatles’. Link is the founding member of seminal Australian acts The Meanies, Tomorrow People, The Bakelite Age and Sun God Replica, amongst others. His latest project Bagful of Beez is a melting pot of all those acts, and the results are astounding.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Beatles’ is scheduled for release this September on limited edition, marbled green 12” vinyl, black vinyl and digitally.

Bagful of Beez music is a brilliant and eclectic mix of classic pop styles, and the result is the sort of everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach that studio-enamored pop savants have been known to take ever since Todd Rundgren recorded “A Wizard, A True Star”. Link recorded the album completely by himself, playing all instruments. He has played out solo with a drum machine as Bagful of Beez a couple of times in recent months, but has just enlisted EVEN drummer Matt Cotter to ensure a stronger live presence. EVEN, of course, is also the second home of Link’s Meanies bandmate Wally Kempton.

Link McLennan: “‘Balene Bonanza’ is less about nihilism and more about acceptance of the realities of human nature. It’s about moving on in the face of insanity.”

I have a strange feeling that the creation of my debut Bagful of Beez album was like feeding all the music of my past bands to an Asian palm civet (a weird cat/raccoon type creature), but instead of it shitting out an expensive coffee, it defecated a bunch of songs that are unique, exciting and cohesive. I’ve never felt so confident about a collection of my songs being so fully realised, and it leaves me with a powerful desire to keep creating and evolving within the wide parameters of Bagful of Beez. With the recent addition of Matthew Cotter (Even) on drums, it all feels perfectly satisfying.”Link McLennan