Aussie Audio: Discover loads of great new Australian music!
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.
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.
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!
Retro synth stylists Atla Falls command you attention with their smooth electro melodies. Their 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 them to delve inside their music brains. Check out our full interview with them.
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.
Perpetuating the line of comedic yet musically strong Aussie acts are Melbourne's Rancid Eddie. Artists like The Chats have created a subculture of Australian music that is built on messy Garage Rock that doesn't take itself seriously, with comedically explicit lyrics built for underground parties and late night sing-alongs. Whether this messy slacker style of music has been welcomed due to the western stereotype of Aussie attitudes or whether it is really a reflection of the Indie scene over there, it has certainly provided a welcome change from a long history of UK culture. It is refreshing to hear a band just clearly mess about knowing they are making fun uplifting music that is meant for playing with your mates rather than trying to create some artistic poignancy and take it all so seriously.
Rancid Eddie capture this refreshing care free attitude and crude comical lyricism in their new single 'Dry'. Yet, they are popular in the same fashion as The Chats because they are not relying on their ear pricking lyrics as a gimmick, the music itself is deserving of the attention regardless. They begin the track with a loose acoustic as if its just one guy messing about on his guitar in his room. However, this vibe gradually builds bringing in a very authentic natural drum sound and backing vocals from the rest of the band that create an audible camaraderie, providing that charming band rehearsal atmosphere that makes you feel like you're right there with them just playing along. The first couple of minutes are bright and catchy, although it is undoubtedly the final minute or so that has shot this song to Tik Tok fame. The line "sex doesn't feel very nice no more" is chanted along to a crowd rousing bass drum and the energy builds every single time it comes back around. By the end you feel like you are at a huge beach gathering with friends and strangers alike just enjoying the freedom and positive spirit of their music. It is a song build for good vibes only and we just hope people can finally get back out and experience this track in the way it needs to be heard.
We normally stay away from the modern Pop Punk scene and rarely feature anyone trying to replicate that high octane early 00s sound. However, there can't be many we've seen that manage a level of passion and authenticity for the genre like Syndey's FANGZ do. It is so hard to reproduce an older sound in the modern day without all the elements sounding, cliched, tired and worn out. Yet listening to a FANGZ is like diving into a time turning moshpit with every single of aspect of the music coming straight of the Pop Punk madness from 15-20 years ago without feeling outdated one bit.
Their previous two releases from early this year 'Prove Me Wrong' and 'Self Medicine' set the tone well, showing us all that they know how to produce a non-stop in your face adrenaline rush. The huge crashing drum sound and swirling collection of angsty guitars gave us an energy that you can't help but wanna dance around your bedroom to. However, the new single 'I Don't Like Me' has brought another level of quality to their sound. Not only does it deliver yet another gritty sonic slap around the face but it has nailed that irresistible scream-your-lungs-out chorus that made so many of the famous Pop Punk songs so great. When the final chorus explodes and merges all the elements together for one final frenzy you can't help but feel like your in an empty LA swimming pool singing at the top of your voice for MTV viewers across the globe.
The English Rain
As the name suggests, the Perth/Brisbane project is aimed to evoke the bittersweet tones of classic English rainy day songs. Indeed, the new single 'Here Comes The Sun' creates a very scenic semantic field of nature through its smooth female vocals and jangly melodies. Although many of their previous tracks dable across all areas of classic English musical culture, the new single, offers a fresher and brighter feel.
Undoubtedly influenced by The Beatles classic, the track is an open love letter to those carefree summer days full of sunshine and happiness. Delivered with a slight Country vocal twang, its jangly acoustics and bright harmonies perfectly match the warmth and light that the lyrics are calling for. Perhaps it is too early to judge what is next tome come for this project but this is a great sign of their appreciation for retro English influences that fall warmingly on the sonic palette. Hopefully they can push on from here and use these influences to develop their own distinctive sound.
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!
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!
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