Bathurst band Ricky's Breath are using the release of their latest single, 'Epitome of Stupidity', to christen their self-coined music genre: 'bum-funk'.
'Bum-funk' is a combination of punk, funk and indie rock and on 'Epitome of Stupidity', Ricky's Breath, featuring Charlie Dunn [lead vocals, guitar], Harry Cooke [lead guitar], Harley Goodman [bass] and Darnell Polson [drums], have combined all three genres seamlessly to present a refined, confident sound.
Dunn said the song started with a funk-inspired riff produced by Goodman.
"The riff had a really good feel to it, so we got together in the band room at school [Scots All Saints College] to flesh it out and turn it into a song," he said.
"On our debut EP [Living In Australia], we were still trying to figure out our direction and we feel 'Epitome of Stupidity' is the first song that truly represents our sound."
Ricky's Breath recorded 'Epitome of Stupidity' in Sydney, funding production from their Living In Australia launch in March.
The band has entered the song in Triple J Unearthed's 'Unearthed High 2020', a national talent search for up-and-coming high school-aged acts.
Dunn said the band has plenty of material in the works, and are working towards a debut album.
"Harry has come up with some awesome jazz-influenced riffs, Harley's honing his slap bass technique and Darnell's providing some insane drum fills," he said.
"We hope to start playing live again once COVID-19 settles down, and we're appreciative of everyone's support."
'Epitome of Stupidity' is now available on all streaming platforms. For more information, visit the Ricky's Breath Facebook page.