This time last year we divulged our top twelve Australian artists and top five international artists to watch over the following twelve months. So we figured now was as good a time as any to have a look back and see how they all fared...
Sydney's Winter People are set to release their debut album, A Year At Sea, next month, and have also announced a national tour in support of it! The record follows on from the band's popular single "Gallons", which went on to spawn the acclaimed EP and national tour earlier in the year. Since forming in 2010, Winter People have become a band adored by many at home in Australia and overseas.
Sometimes it’s nice to sit down at gigs. Standing really can be overrated... especially when comfy couches are involved. Last time I was at Jive it was a sold out madhouse, tonight the vibe was a lot more ‘glass of wine’ than ‘jager-bomb’ and so it started with a crowd of about twenty mainly made up of band members, family, friends and devotees.
Brisbane bands Founds and Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! was co-headliners at The Standard in Sydney. Johnny Au brings you all the action.
Arundel was up first, playing to a room that had no more than eleven punters in attendance. There were more band members lingering around than there were guests. The solo artist himself remarked that there was so few people, that you really noticed when each new guest entered. He had a chuckle to himself because of this. Moving on. Arundel’s sound is unlike most “popular” music on the market. It is more like, for lack of a better phrase, an electronic soundscape.
Jumping on the bandwagon, here, in no particular order, are twelve Australian bands we're looking out for in 2012... five bands from overseas we're predicting big things for here in Australia... AND a couple of Australian bands the rest of the world should have their eye on! Madness! Read on...
Backstage at the 2011 Peats Ridge Festival, Larry Heath catches up with up and coming Brisbane outfit Founds to talk about the festival, their forthcoming full length release Hadean and much more... check out their track "Holograms" below the interview, too!
Now in its 8th year, the Peats Ridge Festival seems to be getting bigger and bigger. World renowned as one of the leading sustainability events, "Peats" is one of the must do NYE events on most of Australian bucket lists. A gathering for all things eclectic, the event creates a environment like no other.
There was something new and different around Brisbane on the weekend. It was called Rare Finds, and it was insane in the best possible way. Imagine: a dedicated team bringing together fourteen brilliant local bands to play at The Zoo across two stages. Well that’s exactly what this event was!
Brooklyn and Philadelphia based, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are heading to Australia next week for the Harvest Festival.
With headline shows at East Brunswick Club, Oxford Art Factory, Rosemount Htl and The Zoo, the band have confirmed local supports in each city.
Monday 14th November @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Brisbane post-pop sextet, Founds, are the winners of the triple j Unearthed BIGSOUND competition for 2011, building on an already massive year for the young group. Their latest single, Holograms, has been receiving regular airplay on triple j, and is available for free at www.triplejunearthed.com/founds