SINCE forming in 2018 and releasing the singles Don't Hold Your Breath and Cage, Newcastle indie-rockers Cooks and Bakers have promised to deliver something delicious.
On Friday they fulfil that promise. The five-track EP Out Of Touch was recorded almost a year ago in Sydney by former Treehouse Children frontman James Osborn and The Grove Studios' Jack Nigro.
"We've always released singles because when we released a body of work we wanted to have bit of a following behind it and we think we've reached a point where that's the next step," Cooks and Bakers bassist Nathaniel Duggan said.
"We wanted to take stepping stones in terms of reaching goals and progressing and we felt it was the perfect time."
On Out Of Touch Duggan and his bandmates Campbell Ross (vocals, guitar) and Finn Ellem (drums) have melded the influences of Nothing But Thieves, Holy Holy and Spacey Jane to create more space.
Despite COVID-19, Cooks and Bakers' popularity hasn't dulled. The band's last three 240-capacity shows at the Cambridge Hotel have sold out. Tickets for the most recent gig were exhausted in less than two days.
"We've been lucky to play two stand-up shows and it's completely different, it's just that much better," Duggan said. "That energy you can source from people up and moving is great."
Out Of Touch is released on Friday and Cooks and Bakers launch the EP at the Cambridge on May 29.