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...
We celebrated our 4th Birthday in style with a night celebrating the music of The Beatles at the Oxford Art Factory! Members of Dappled Cities, Deep Sea Arcade, City Riots, Regular John, Cameras, Lime Cordiale, Guineafowl and Chance Waters with Lilian Blue were among the artists to feature on the night.
I arrived at the Metro Theatre for this phenomenal (and criminally undersold) triple bill to hear a couple of new tracks from Sydney's Guineafowl, opening up the night in their usual classy fashion. The new track sounded promising, keeping us on our toes for their long awaited debut LP, hopefully being released later this year. Of course, tracks from their EP were included in the mix though I wasn't fortunate enough to catch them!
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...
What an amazing year we had in 2011! We're taking a look back now at our 11 favourite tours from the year, featuring the local artists who dominated our live scene...
Day Two of the Falls Festival in Lorne saw over a dozen artists perform in the beautiful sunshine on the Valley Stage, including none other than CSS, pictured above. The Village was a place for artists to meet, mingle and create. Our photographer John Goodridge was there to capture the action.
Let's dive right into the next batch of favourite tracks of 2011, as voted by AU review contributors!
In 2011, this Melbourne based band became fast favourites of the live scene, with their catchy riffs, energetic stage presence and tracks like this one, which stick with you long after you turn it off...
The Fearless Vampire Killers - Tell Me What You're Trying To Say
The night was young at heart at a spectacular venue that considering its past guises, former glories and history is really only a few months old. It played host to three talented young Australian bands, all of whom boast members whose musical knack; talent and outright proficiency at their chosen instrument far exceed their actual years.
Another week, another gig at The Zoo. This time around brings the infectious Guineafowl, celebrating the release of their new single “The Lie Is”. Guineafowl never cease to entrance me with their sound, but it was stupid the lack of people there were at this gig! I know, I know. Harvest. But! There were so many other awesome gigs on this weekend and I think sadly, they were forgotten. Well, it sucks to be you! You missed something special!
Having been announced for Laneway’s Sydney & Melbourne events, now get ready for a double dose of fun when GIVERS and Portugal. The Man bring their bright breed of psych-pop to Australia early next year for a series of co-headline shows!
Even though we arrived at the ANU Bar right after doors opened, my friend and I expected more punters for a Saturday night. Luckily numbers picked up over the course of the night, culminating in a predictably stellar performance from Guineafowl. The rest of Canberra didn't know what they were missing.