Friday Fresh Five #004: Hazel English, Young Offenders, VanderAa…

Meet some talented musos from right around the country this week, all doing some pretty tight things in studio and on the road. From Darwin to the Gold Coast and over to Cali, some cool Aussies are nailing it.


Amy Shark (Gold Coast)

Gold Coast singer songwriter Amy Shark has been garnering quite the rep for rolling out some gorgeous music over the last few months, particularly with her latest single “Adore” out and doing its thing. Brooding, impressively produced sounds whirl, while Shark’s lyricism sticks with after the first listen – it’s no wonder she’s been picked up to tour with the likes of Cub Sport and Tigertown for their upcoming tours; she’s a musician more people need to be seeing live.

Check out Amy playing the following shows this month, through into December below. Keep up to date with her HERE.

October 28th | Nightquarter, GOLD COAST
November 6th | Robina Town Centre, GOLD COAST
November 10th | The Brightside, BRISBANE (w/ Cub Sport)
November 12th | The Brightside, BRISBANE (w/ Cub Sport, U18)
November 18th | Oxford Art Factory, SYDNEY (w/ Cub Sport)
November 19th | The Plot Festival, SYDNEY
December 8th | Workers Club, MELBOURNE (w/ Tigertown)
December 9th | Howler, MELBOURNE (w/ Tigertown)
December 10th | Woolly Mammoth, BRISBANE (w/ Tigertown)
December 15th | Oxford Art Factory, SYDNEY (w/ Tigertown)
December 16th | Wollongong Uni Bar, WOLLONGONG (w/ Tigertown)
December 17th | Jive, ADELAIDE (w/ Tigertown)


Young Offenders (Adelaide)

The South Australian indie-punk trio have been kicking it for a little while now, having established a solid following for themselves on the Adelaide scene. Their influences are strong; you’ve got hints of The Clash in there with Arctic Monkeys and Jamie T, look a little further at some of their other material and you’ve got that sound the likes of The Specials brought to popularity filtering through too.

Young Offenders launch “Your Daddy’s Above The Law” at the Crown and Anchor Hotel in Adelaide on October 29th – grab tickets via Moshtix. Keep up to date with them HERE.


Frida (Melbourne)

Another nod to Eilish Gilligan (who we featured a few Fridays ago), but this time she enters the list with Frida – a Melbourne five piece who’ve got some gorgeous dream pop sounds on lock, oozing with soul. The grooves and rhythm  these guys conjure is impressive and on their new single “Everything (Is You)” in particular, we see Frida really step up and shine. I like to think their sound sits somewhere in the middle of a party you’d see Mac DeMarco and Bat For Lashes frequent; that’s a party I’d definitely want to be at.

Keep up to date with Frida HERE.


VanderAa (Darwin)

Aaron and Levi have been cutting their teeth as touring musicians for years now, most recently taking their debut EP Red Hot Go out to Europe to play for many crowds of newcomers. Darwin locals will be well aware of VanderAa and as we’ve seen with the success their latest single “Jungle Juice” has been picking up recently, it’s a positive vibe more around the country are also connecting with. Plucking some rich indie/roots sounds and influences from their travels and experiences busking around the country and overseas, VanderAa have shown they’re really coming into their own this year – we’re keen to see where they’re headed next year.

Keep up with VanderAa HERE.


001hazel Hazel English (California)

Another Aussie born, LA-based muso comes onto our radar with a fresh sound we’ve been loving – you need to suss Hazel English if you haven’t already. Her new EP Never Going Home has spawned some great tunes, in particular, “Control”. Melodic, breathy and glimmering in its uptempo nature, the song is catchy as hell.

Keep up with Hazel HERE and over at


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