Melbourne-Based Indie Artist Underlay Announces New EP “Sick Like A Kid”; New Single “Ought” Out Now

November 17, 2023 BY Emma Orland

Today, Melbourne-based indie-rock artist underlay, AKA the musical brainchild of Melbourne via Newcastle via Riyadh, Saudi Arabia multi-instrumentalist Cody Broughman, announces the release of his second EP Sick Like A Kid, due out February 2nd 2024 via Nettwerk. The EP features five tracks, including recent singles “Father’s Name” and “Haircut”, alongside new single “Ought”, out now.

Produced with long-time collaborator, Vacations’ frontman Campbell Burns, Underlay’s new EP Sick Like A Kid was written across the three different houses Cody lived in from 2020 to 2022, with a song on the EP bookmarking each location. The record soundtracks a pivotal time in Cody’s life, following the chaos of 2020 where he lost everything in a house fire in the first week of lockdown.


Through Cody’s powerful, driving songwriting, he shares memories of breakups, new relationships and the breakdown of old ones, and struggling through illness while trying to find balance in the world again – each chapter layered with his own raw vulnerability while leaving space for listeners to bring their own experiences, as if in deep conversation with a close friend.

New single “Ought” is one of those chapters, of the track Cody says, “This was the last song written for the EP and felt like the perfect ending for the chapter of my life that I wanted to write about. It’s about friend breakups, and basically me venting my anger about how someone had hurt me but also trying to move on. It’s a pretty pointed song towards someone and I hope they hear it.”


underlay combines jangly guitars, analogue synths, and introspective yet brazenly honest lyrics to create his self-described brand of “nervous pop.” After working behind the scenes in the studio or appearing on stage for acts such as Fritz, OILBARON, Chakra Efendi, and fellow Nettwerk artist Vacations, Cody released his self-titled solo EP in 2021. underlay touches on sounds reminiscent of bands like Smith Westerns, Beach Fossils, The Strokes, and Girls. His live shows bring a DIY energy and sound underpinned with dry humor. He has recently toured alongside acts including Slowly Slowly, Stand Atlantic, and Stumps.



Through Your Teeth

Family Lines



Father’s Name