Scene News: Localles release Wishing Well, just days before Ted O’Niel’s open heart surgery.

There is something more behind the feel-good rock ‘n’ roll crafted by Localles. The classic good time rock is the mastermind of Ted O’Neil. Ted, more than most, knows how to channel frustrations into his craft, and utilise music as his outlet for expression.

Disguised behind grungy guitars and catchy pop infused riffs, is a series of health grievances that Ted channels into creation.

Unbeknownst to many, the music he creates is often a refuge to abide a series of personal torments. Disguised behind grungy guitars and catchy pop infused riffs, is a series of health grievances that Ted channels into creation. Ted is a humble and active musician, who only last year opened up about the seriousness of his health conditions. A sports related concussion seemed like a smaller injury at the time. Ted later discovered the result was far more menacing, as he was suffering from swelling on the brain. He subsequently endured light sensitivity, which had him off work and had his musical endeavours on hiatus for months as he recovered.

Wishing Well is the second single on Localles’ anticipated debut EP which is to be released this year. The work pays homage to Ted’s experiences, which are utilised as a muse and sanctuary to capture and express his feelings. “Wishing Well is about always wanting what you don’t have, a grass is always greener type thing. But it is also a statement about positivity, about how things can be better if people work together.” The single comes days before Ted braves open heart surgery.

“Wishing Well is about always wanting what you don’t have, a grass is always greener type thing. But it is also a statement about positivity, about how things can be better if people work together.”

Localles is the combined talents of Ted O’Neil and Michael Fitzgerald who have worked together for years, which you may know better as ⅔ of Vasco Era. Ted is also currently playing as a part Big Scary’s live band. It was the thought of collaboration with long-time friend John WallerRat & Co, that initially sparked the concept that led to the group. Add to that the creativity and versatility of Paul Doery, The Exploders, and Jackson Gray, I Know The Chief, and the true sound of Localles was fully realised. The band is a rudimentary source of joy and connection for all members; and is driven by Ted and his songs. Localles, being friends and familiar faces along the surf coast, repute an inclusive live show with good times and fun vibes. “Everyone in the band brings ideas from totally different musical backgrounds,” Michael explains. “This morphs the original song idea into something unique, that can span multiple genres within a song.” Their grunge pop sound has been honed through the collective experience of its members. Localles explore connection while challenging social structures, political ideologies with questions and observations of our environment. No strangers to the music scene, Localles are excited to be bringing new sounds for you all to hear.

Grab Wishing Well from Localles’ bandcamp.

Localles wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of them. In fact, they would be surprised if you HAVE heard of them. Their grunge pop sound has been honed through the collective experience of it’s members. No strangers to the music scene, Localles are excited to be bringing new sounds for you all to hear.

Ted O’Neil and Michael Fitzgerald have worked together for years, but it was the thought of collaboration with long time friend John Waller that initially sparked the concept that led to Localles. Add to that the creativity and versatility of Paul Doery and Jackson Gray and the true sound of Localles was fully realized. “Everyone in the band brings ideas from totally different musical backgrounds,” Michael explains. “This morphs the original song idea into something unique, that can span multiple genres within a song.”

With upcoming singles being released this year and a debut EP early next year, Localles have set their sights on something a bit broader than local. “We’ve had great support so far,” Ted says. “We are hoping that with the new songs we can widen our horizons and show more people our record and our live shows.” Their fiery live shows are already garnering positive responses from audiences.

You may not have heard of Localles. Yet.

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