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Hibiscus
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Hibiscus

Indie, Rock

Perth, WA

Rhysics
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Rhysics

Indie, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Chocolate Strings
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Chocolate Strings

Dance, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Dub, Chocolate Strings, Reggae, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Benny C and the Associates.
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Benny C and the Associates.

Indie, Roots (#nu blues, #soul, #dynamic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Peachey
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Peachey

Dance, Electronic (House, Trap, Electronica)

Brisbane, QLD

The Paper Kites

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The Paper Kites

Indie (magenta & orange sunset)

Melbourne, VIC

Al Parkinson
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The Middle East

Featured Artist

2009

5

Jan

The Middle East

( )

North Queensland, QLD

acoustics. harmonies. percussion. friends. The Middle East write beautiful indie folk and are from Townsville!

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

- well our music is based from indie and folk music. We first started off as a rock band which then turned to indie rock and then after a while turned to indie folk. however theses days its a little bit more on the folk side more so than indie.

Tell us about Townsville.

- Townsville is a great small city which is growing and developing more. The music scene here is made up of mixed genres', therefore when ever one of the bands puts a gig on there is normally a range of differnt bands playing at the same gig. which is great because anyone can come along no matter which type of music they like.

Who are you influenced by?

-WE are influenced by Bob Dylan, starflyer 59, sigur ros and sufan stevens.

What's coming up in the future?

We have alot coming up, recordings of a new EP, a show with "smog" on thursday 8th of january and then we also go on tour with "leader cheetah" mid febuary.

Australian music is?

Australian music is JJJ

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Babylon Burning

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Ball Park Music

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Ball Park Music

Indie, Pop (happy, Shiny, People, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Boy and Bear

Featured Artist

2009

6

Oct

Boy and Bear

( )

Sydney, NSW

Boy and Bear are an indie folk group from Sydney whose three songwriters combine 70's rock with catchy hooks and church-like harmonies.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

All four of us come from quite different backgrounds and musical tastes. It’s kinda founded on the Americana big harmony vibe, through a big dose of indie rock, folk and even as far our as Siqur Ros. Everyone was really able to bring such different musical perspectives to the project , and I think that pushes the tracks further. We love the idea of not being predictable. We want to surprise people with our songs, keep them interesting whilst still keeping to the chugging melodic vibe we have love so much!

What’s your live show like?

Cranking.. Ha. Three part harmonies make a fun challenge and keep us on our toes!

What were you all doing before this? Tell us about all those other bands you’re all in!

All four of us are originally from our own bands. Killian fronted a band called Ovell, likewise Tim lead a group called Wintersound, Jake played in a crazy experimental group called Tripartisan Approach and Dave Hosking played as a singer/songwriter. All four of us became good mates whilst sharing the stage over many occasions. We started jamming together and the musical magic just sort of happened. Hence the birth of 'Boy & Bear'

What’s coming up for Boy and Bear in the future?

We’re currently finalising a late November tour in Sydney, Briz and Melbourne. Loose dates are: Melbourne Nov 27, Sydney Dec 4 and Brisbane Dec 11. Other than that we are planning an EP for release late February 2010, and then I guess presidential leadership of the US by 2011!

Australian music is?

Booming! We’re all really thrown back by the amount of great acts flying around right now - Megastick Fanfare, Joysticks, D'animals, Sherlocks Daughter, The Middle East etc... Kind of a good time to be involved in what Australia is doing right now...

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STICKY FINGERS

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STICKY FINGERS

Indie, Pop (cool funky fresh rock, SANDINISTA!, fingers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Oliver Tank

Featured Artist

2011

12

Sep

Oliver Tank

( )

Sydney, NSW

Oliver Tank is a young Sydney-based producer and musician who is turning heads and melting hearts with his enchanting down-tempo electronica.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

I set out to create something really original and unique with my music, and on top of that I try to give it a really personal feel. I developed my sound by listening to a lot of electronic artists. I feel like at the moment it is the genre with the most potential. I love the idea that electronic sounds and real instrument sounds can work together so harmoniously. Essentially that is what my music is about, different sounds organised to tell a story.

How do you translate your recordings to a live environment – what’s an Oliver Tank gig like?

My live show includes a laptop, sampler, vocals and guitar. The music is pretty chill but it lends itself well to an intimate live show,

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

As I was developing my sound electronic music was really taking off, I was always hearing new and exciting electronic artists and they were my biggest inspiration. Originally Seekae was a huge influence but now there is a huge community of similar musicians in Sydney that all make amazing music. The fact that there are so many talented artists out there is inspiration enough for me to keep bettering what I do.

What’s coming up for you in 2011?

I'll be releasing my EP in October which will have a bunch of new music on it. I'm also working on a mix-tape as well, which will include remix's, covers and much more. Other than that I'll just be playing gigs and working on new music.

Australian music is?

...Amazing. Its really liberating knowing that there is so much musical talent in Australia. I Can't wait to see what the future holds for Australian Music.

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Tora

Featured Artist

2014

21

Jul

Tora

( )

North Coast, NSW

From playing cute gigs raising funds to help rebuild a local community garden, to smashing the stage at Splendour In The Grass, saying that Tora is moving forward in leaps and bounds is probably the understatement of the century. Check out our interview with this week's Unearthed feature artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

We just wanted to make music that we enjoyed listening to, and so it slowly developed through combinations of influences, as well as many hours of trial and error and the process of elimination... Ideas usually develop within the computer, starting with beats and production, then live instruments and vocals. We then have the challenge of pulling them off in a live situation. 

 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

The biggest inspiration for us is hearing new music, because we often forget that there's an infinite pool of ideas to be manifested. This gets our creative minds juicing. 


What can punters expect from a TORA live show?

We get pretty into it when were on stage, we don't take ourselves too seriously, so there's usually a bit of goofy dancing and silly comments throughout the set. We've been told that the songs sound more energetic and upbeat when we play live. Most people don't realise, but we have 3 vocalists and we play the songs with real instruments.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

 'Don't burn your bridges.' - Dave

 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

Bee Gee's - Stayin' Alive, accompanied by flare pants and living room choreography.

 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

 Vancouver sleep clinic - Collapse. Hear it and weep. :'(

 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

"Dat Schlump Funk" by Silentjay.

 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Our local community garden burnt down a little while ago, and they put on a fundraiser to rebuild it. We played a little set to contribute. It was super cute.

 

Tell us about the bands or people in the Byron Bay music community that inspire you.

Our close friends Gabe and Cecilia are musical geniuses, and inspire us through their crafty originality. 
Potato Potato never cease to amaze us either, and they're always keen to jam. 

 

What are your plans for TORA in 2014?

 

We've got some exciting shenanigans planned for the rest of the year, now including our first ever show at Splendour in the Grass.

We just released "Eat the Sun" the first single from our new EP which will be out later in the year.

We are also super stoked to be going on tour with Miami Horror in september, which will include shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

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Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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It's a Hoax

Featured Artist

2014

13

Oct

It's a Hoax

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 5-piece It's A Hoax are a band driven by a love for creating something out of nothing. Their left-field indie rock is born out of constant improvisation and inspired by everything from math rock to NYC jazz.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It didn’t really take that long for us to settle into our sound, mainly because we all had such a similar set of influences; the whole 90s Alternative thing, NYC-scene Jazz and experimental music, Math-Rock and the Garage-Rock stuff that’s getting popular at the moment. This has meant that we do 100% of our writing through jamming and improvising, knowing that we can trust that the choices that each of us make are going to be right for the music. No one has ever had to tell anyone else what to do or play, it’s all just sort of happened in a very natural way.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I’d like to say something like “we channel The Eternal One, who informs and inspires everything we do"... but really we just get a kick out of making music as a group, making something out of nothing with your buddies. There’s not much need for any other inspiration other than that. 
 
What can punters expect from the It’s a Hoax live show?
We take a lot of liberties with our music: we change and extend sections, reharmonise things, improvise a lot. That means an It’s a Hoax live show is a one-off experience and the songs won’t be played in quite the same way again. Hopefully those listening can feel like they were part of that with us in some way. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make sure you brush AND floss. A number of people have said it to us and it’s paid off big time. All the money we save on dental work, fillings etc, goes straight into the band. We’ve seen too many great bands fall by the wayside because the consistent dental fees were too much of a burden. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Girl' by The Honey Pies. I’m not sure there’s been a more hopeful sounding song ever written... the fact they’re from Adelaide is an added bonus!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
There’s a couple of good ones: 'Blood' by The Middle East... but you’ve got to watch the video clip with it... or 'Slow Train' by Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers, but it helps if you’ve seen the movie Mad Bastards first. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'You’re The Voice' by John “Whispering Jack” Farnham
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was West Thebarton Brothel Party and God God Dammit Dammit at the Producers Bar, if you know those two bands you can imagine what kind of chaos ensued. I had met a Dutch backpacker and brought him along to the show. The floor was as a slippery as an SPC grape and the crowd was going crazy. The night was filled with crowd surfing from both bands and there were multiple beer lay-backs. Good wholesome fun. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There’s so many great bands in Adelaide right now, we’ll just give you who we’re really digging at the moment: St Morris Sinners, Battlehounds, The Rocketeers and Yeahyeahabsolutelynoway. But really that’s just a snapshot. 
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We're recording again right away, hoping for a release before the end of the year or early 2015. We're really happy with our new material and the direction that we're heading. In terms of shows, the one we're really excited about is the Hillside Festival 4.0 which is going to feature a ton of bands from the Adelaide scene such as Horror My Friend, Bad/Dreems, West Thebarton Brothel Party, Battlehounds, The Dunes, Archers and so many more. That's November 29th, grab a ticket if there are still any left!
 

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MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Timberwolf

Featured Artist

2014

17

Nov

Timberwolf

Adelaide, SA

Timberwolf is the moniker of talented Adelaide singer-songwriter Chris Panousakis. He has a knack for writing gorgeous folk tunes and is gifted with a voice to match.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to play along to lots of blues; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and Dire Straits, but also wrote lots about my reflective mind and how it all feels...I realised my lyrics and songwriting were far more cryptic and dreamy, so the two worlds are still slowly coming together. Playing live has been great way for me to develop my sound, I think it quickly forces you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Self reflection, visual texture and the chance to empower people the same ways in which I have been through song.
 
What can punters expect from a Timberwolf live show?
Spooky falsetto, lots of guitar and a wall of harmonies.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Whilst it's important to stay open minded and creative, make sure you're writing music that is true to yourself because it will always be the  most authentic and sincere - Mark Myers.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Blood' by The Middle East, for finding the beauty in sadness.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'World Of Sun' by Stolen Violin.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Down Under' by Men At Work.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to see Jesse Davidson play over Halloween, shit got weird. There were crayons, vodka, I think I even lost my wallet...He's a bad influence.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There's a fast-growing sense of community in the young Adelaide music scene, with the likes of Bad//Dreems, T-Kay and Jesse Davidson doing particularly great things. It's a super inspiring time in general to be based down South, there's a definite buzz.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
I'll finish off 2014 on the East Coast, touring the new single around Festival Of The Sun. The new EP will drop early in 2015 too, just in time for WOMADelaide. Amongst some more touring, hopefully I can sneak in some more songwriting. A film clip would be nice too.

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Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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The VANNS
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The VANNS

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Alt-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

Lilt
New

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Lilt

Dance, Electronic, Indie (röyksopp, Little Dragon, Disclosure, ...)

Perth, WA