• James Booton

Aussie Audio

Australia has produced some of our favourite artists over recent years, from the modern Brit-pop of DMAs to the winding, witty lyricism of Courtney Barnett. There just seems to be something in the air that produces bands with the perfect blend of down to earth charm and gritty passion for their art. While some of these bigger artists can make it to the mainstream and sit firmly on the UK radar, it can be hard for smaller acts to get western recognition due to the huge costs of travelling to tour here. So, here is our run down of some of the nation's best new talents that you need to look out for including an exclusive interview with Atla Falls!

"Driving through the city in a car which, as closely as possible, resembles the DeLorean DMC from Back to the Future!".

Stevie Jean

One of the most exciting new artists from the region has to be the bold and fantastically dark Singer-songwriter Stevie Jean. She may be the prime example of how Aussie acts often find it hard to crack the UK market as she is a performer at heart. The passion and personal impact of the lyrics swell over you and make a deep connection when listening to her recent debut album, however her power really shines when seeing her live! She has become renowned for her on stage swagger that only amplifies the winding depth of the stories in her music.

Her first record arrived in May and is aptly named 'The Dark'. It is comparable to some of the leading modern female musical icons such as Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish in the fact that she is not afraid to explore the twisted side of the mind, shown in the lyrics "darkness kind of turns you on" and "sometimes I leave my new girl on seen, just to psych her out - make sure she wants me." in the album's opening track 'Send Me Home'. Yet there are not many who compliment this lyricism with such menacing Rock orientated grooves.

'Bored' is an album highlight led by its gravelly synth/guitar lines that create a fierce base to the track that grows with every chorus. It is probably the record's most catchy number, dotted throughout with tasty morsels of guitar and vocal flourishes. It is the best blend of her ominous instrumentation and confident vocals delivering pretty unforgiving lyrics. So, use this track as a sampler before delving into the strange rock atmospheres of her impressive debut.

Tin Pot Clay Man

Have you ever played Skate 3? If not then where were you throughout the 2010's? If you have then just imagine all your favourite moments from its legendary soundtrack and roll them into one free-spirited single. That is probably the best way to describe the new project from Gaurav Jaswal, Tin Pot Clay Man.

Gaurav emerged with his first single, 'Hostile Reset' at the start of this month and its one hell of a debut. With the perpetual motion of the surfer drum sound and a 'Disorder' esc guitar line, the atmosphere places you straight into a warm Summer evening, skating the long winding coastal roads of America. The vocals are uplifting and ooze with an infectious sense of freedom and optimism similar to those of The Vaccines frontman Justin Hayward-Young. However, the debut single isn't all summertime bliss. It carries a much more lively intensity than the soft coastal tones of other Surf Rockers such as The Drums or fellow Aussies Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. The chorus is anthemic; it is designed to be chanted back in a packed out festival tent with huge drum stabs before exploding into a jet-fueled, feel-good, dance-inducing hit! It is of course hard to judge an artist off one single but this first taster is extremely enticing for what is to come!

Bronte Public House

The relatively new Psych-rock project Bronte Public House have been pretty prolific over the last 2 years, releasing a stream of singles. Yet, they have really come in to their own recently with the two tracks 'Sure' and 'Alive'. The first thing that hits you with these two singles is the swirling guitar textures that fill out the sound from start to finish. 'Sure' has tones of one of the nation's biggest artists, Tame Imapla, with expansive guitar sounds that sit enticingly on the edge of a natural/electronic sound, completed by dreamy echoed vocals that sway through the sonic landscape.

'Alive' is more punchy and less dreamy, led by the big drum sound and cutting guitar stabs to open the track. These guitar textures are still present but the vocals are much more aggressive and purposeful. Matched with the huge anthemic production of the instrumentals, 'Alive' could easily have been performed by Kasabian. In the mid-section at the 2 minute mark with overlapping vocals you can just imagine Serge's intriguing vocal build ups with Tom's crowd rousing chants from the background. This is not to say that Bronte Public House are re-doing old ideas whatsoever. The comparison merely illustrates that the band are creating tracks worthy of that huge stadium atmosphere that only a few Rock acts can achieve. We just hope the boys can keep this kind of quality coming and may hopefully have a debut album in the not so distant future.

Anna Smyrk

After a two-year brake from music, solo Indie-rock performer Anna Smyrk is back and at her best! Her new single 'Human Condition' is exactly what we love about the Australian scene. Although the country has a great range of talent in contrasting genres, from the boisterous Electro-Pop of Confidence Man to the crazy Psych-Rock of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, they seem to have an incredibly high number of fierce solo female performers making fun yet powerful Indie-rock, Ruby Fields, Ali Barter, Alex Lahey and Courtney Barnett to name a few.

Anna is yet another example. The new single is hugely uplifting and lyrically rich, filled with what she herself describes as "words for nerds". She retains her thick Aussie accent which we love as it gives the track a more personal charm. From the very first chorus you can't help but have your mood lifted and want to dance around in front of the mirror to her powerful, warming vocals. It is a great advert for what the Australian Indie scene has to offer. We just hope that we don't have to wait another 2 years for her next single!

Atla Falls

Retro synth stylists Atla Falls command you attention with their smooth electro melodies. Their new single 'Into You holds a warming charisma with its big synth chords and slick chorus that is the perfect soundtrack to drives in this warmth weather. We caught up with the new Aussie delve inside their music brains.

How would you describe your sound and what draws you towards making that kind of music?

"Our sound is a mix of vintage 80s synth, atmospheric guitars, and layered harmonies. There was a series of Roland keyboards back in the 1980s, in particular the Juno-106 and Jupiter-8, which has played a big part in the making of our sound. Part of the initial inspiration for getting into this kind of music was the nostalgic feels from Stranger Things - we happened to be watching it at the same time. It led us to both listen to bands like The Midnight and The Weeknd, and we were really drawn to the synthwave and indietronica vibes".

What is the perfect moment to listen to 'Into You'?

"Driving through the city in a car which, as closely as possible, resembles the DeLorean DMC from Back to the Future!".

Could you tell us more about the concept behind the latest single and especially the almost devil horned artwork on both singles?

"The song 'Into You' is about the coming together of two unlikely misfits from different parts of the world — they are drawn to each other by some other-worldly force. It describes the feeling you get when you start a new relationship, and your entire universe closes in and becomes only about that one person. The artwork shows how two opposites can come together and combine into one".

How would describe the Australian music scene and do you think there are any big differences compared to the UK?

"We are such a new project that we actually haven't been very much involved in the larger industry as of yet. With COVID locking much of Australia down over the past year, we are looking forward to getting out and launching our debut EP and meeting other artists".

Who are your favourite Aussie artists right now?

"We've had Shannen James' single 'Superstitious' on repeat — definitely our favourite Aussie track of the year to date. We also love the direction of Tia Gostelow's 'CHRYSALIS' album".

Johnny Hunter

Scarily dangerous and furiously tempting best describes the exciting darkness of the new single from Electro-punk operator Johnny Hunter. If you read our review of Glaswegian newcomers VLURE, they are perhaps the best comparison. Both Johnny and VLURE seem to be at the forefront of this new wave of Synth influenced Punk and we are loving it!

'The Floor', the latest single from Johnny Hunter, is here and its going to break your speakers apart. Its big, its bold, its in your face and its not apologising for anything. Opening with a growling Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes esc guitar line, the track quickly layers getting more intense and more eye-widening with every element. What comes next may be a little uprising, with the vocals landing more over the top and flamboyant than you would ever have expected from the intro. This wild aggression of his vocal delivery is then matched by a insanely dense chorus sound that is filled with haunting synths and pummeling drums. It is the perfect mosh pit inducer, creating an atmosphere that is completely engulfing and completely irresistible. You have been warned, this track isnt for the faint hearted.

The Vitriots

Syndey's Garage-rock trio The Vitriots describe their latest single 'Taxi' as a "soundtrack to a night out" and well, it's pretty hard to argue. Short and fast Indie-rock being spat from the mouths of 3 young Aussies. Lyrics from the heart based on the truths of their day to day life which makes the music as relatable as it is fun.

As with many Australian acts, they capture the retro sound of the 00s in the UK, with the youthful unclean energy of The Kooks and Jamie T blended with the inbetweeners esc tales of young mates trying to hit the town that kick started the success of bands like The Pigeon Detectives and Arctic Monkeys. Packed with a moshpit liveliness, 'Taxi' is the perfect track to get your nights started as soon as lockdown is over!

Dope Lemon

We finish with an artist who a lot of you may be aware of and is one of Australia's most consistent and well respected artists, Dope Lemon. He has won over Aussie hearts since his debut record in 2016 with his rolling guitar lines and laid back, country influenced vocal delivery similar to Kurt Vile. In fact their are a lot of similarities to between Dope Lemon and Vile's music. They both carry this effortlessly charismatic twang to every element of the music that makes you fall more in love with the general vibe of their sound than the individual songs themselves. There is something so calming and satisfying about their chilled out approach and the result of this is that you could really listen to them play any song in their style and enjoy it!

However, the latest Dope Lemon single 'Rose Pink Cadillac' stands out amongst his discography with its distinct summer groove. It offers a bit more energy and a more upbeat swing whilst still delivering that noticeable charm. The instrumentation is nothing but happy with subtle funky guitar elements and a sprinkling of bongos and other sounds that suit the island paradise this track transports you to. This new single really is the perfect summer chill out track to add to your playlists!