Premiering: Melbourne King Nathan Wong’s Powerful Debut ‘Breaking Bones’

It’s a potent and constantly wonderful story when the superfan becomes the artist.

Mallrat did it. Went to an Allday show, came home and wrote a song, now she’s eclipsing his venue sizes. Conan Gray, a day one Swiftie, now being called a ‘masterpiece’ maker by Taylor herself.

Nathan Wong‘s presence and pride for emerging bands across Melbourne turned into an opportunity to support them, cutting his teeth before the pandemic with opening slots alongside Pacific Avenue, Bakers Eddy, Nancie Schipper and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers.

Recently Nathan’s become somewhat of a force of nature on TikTok – carving a niche that finds him putting new life into some of the more obscure Australian indie hits around through his unreserved dance ability, which you’re also about to see in the incredible visual performance that he gives with the song, in a self-directed video filmed by James Morris from Baked Goods. We rarely post videos with songs as we like the music to paint the picture, but some artists are born to be in front of a camera. Nathan is one of them.

This 22-year-old ball of energy finds himself channeling that natural knack for performance into an actual song. Breaking Bones is Nathan Wong’s debut single – a sprawling, constantly evolving, never boring and highly convincing first effort. It’s a powerful lean-in moment that feels like a slightly heavier and more visceral Sign Of The Times from one of Nathan’s key influences, Harry Styles.

Breaking Bones chronicles “the bottled up emotions of frustration during an unrequited love,” and truly feels like opening a shaken bottle of Coke after a long walk upstairs with it rumbling around in your bag.


Breaking Bones is out Thursday April 2 everywhere, you can pre-save it here.

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