Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock


Sounds like

PJ Harvey, B52s, Blondie, Television


band members

Safari Lee


Influences

Post-punk weirdos, Visual artists who create on the periphery


Unearthed artists we like

Family Fold


Website

www.safarilee.com

Bio

I love oddballs and "others". I love quirky, kooky and contemplative music and art. If something feels too nice and neat I am compelled to muck it up a bit... discomfort feels comfortable. Here's some info from my press kit... I don't talk quite so formally irl. Hope you feel something when you listen to my songs. xx

Safari Lee is an indie artist from Sydney who crafts songs and art about a weird world. The Aussie creative plays around with pop-punk hooks and metaphors, set on a solid bedrock of bass dogma. Her music consists of three electric basses, vocals, and percussion – no guitars, no keys. Safari Lee’s songs bump into the light globe of 80’s art pop, then catch a breath in the shadows of post-punk. She likes creative oddballs and quirksters, with many of her favourites coming from the art-music and alt-rock eras of last century. Her sound has been compared to the B52’s and Japanese band Buffalo Daughter.

Enjoying a multi-disciplinary approach to her art, Safari creates videos to accompany her music. Her short films have been selected for film festivals around the world. Her talent also extends to conceptual art, where she creates “Vibratings”, a portmanteau of vibrator paintings. Safari uses vibrators to create vibrant, colorful pieces, with gloss upon matt paint. Her work CV includes a wide and wild diversity, from concrete truck driver to computer programmer to dominatrix, all of which she draws upon for her musical creations.

Safari’s first job was as a trumpet player in a Latin American ensemble named Musico Groupo Caribe. She also played double bass in an orchestra as a child, which led to the transition to fretless electric bass. Safari has played in bands with Lazy Susan’s Paul Andrews and Alannah Russack of The Hummingbirds, both of whom Safari has greatly respected for many years. She also appears on The Aerial Maps and Simon Gibson’s latest albums. “Area 51” is Safari’s first single, launching on 1st February 2021, with more following closely. The debut EP is due out in June 2021.