Multi-ARIA Award winning Brisbane two-piece DZ Deathrays have come a long way from the first house party gig that they formed for. Signed to I Oh You in Australia/NZ, Dine Alone in Canada, and Alcopop in the UK, they have made a lot of ground over the years including winning an ARIA Award each for their first record Bloodstreams (2012) and second record Black Rat (2014). They’ve done multiple sold out tours of Australia, they’ve done 22 international tours with the likes of Blood Red Shoes, Cerebral Ballzy, and Band of Skulls. They’ve played Reading & Leeds, SXSW, CMJ, CMW, The Great Escape internationally and Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass and Laneway at home. They can even add a stadium tour in support of The Foo Fighters to their bucket list. 2016 saw the release of two stand-alone singles ‘Blood On My Leather’ and ‘Pollyanna’ which they celebrated with a world tour with good mates Dune Rats. In 2017 they shared two tracks from their new record which saw the single ‘Shred For Summer’ enter the Hottest 100 at #67 and ‘Total Meltdown’ almost make it at #109. Their new record ‘Bloody Lovely’ debuted at #4 in the ARIA Charts and number one in the Australian album charts.
One guitar. One voice. One drum kit — frequently bloodied, sometimes broken. The modest tools can only begin to tell the story of Polish Club, the sweat-soaked Aussie soul-punk duo with a heart-wringing knack for ass-kicking rock tunes and a gift for burning down every room they play. "I think our strength is in the limitations of the two-piece band," says the keeper of the aforementioned drums, John Henry. "When you've only got guitar and drums, you can't just… play. You've got to give more. Physically." As the blood on his knuckles attests, that's the way it goes when he and singer-guitarist Novak hit the decks. That's both on stage, where they've left a simmering throng of devotees dripping and spent across their home continent, and on the prolific run of pulse-palpitating singles that have kicked holes in polite company since "Able" and "Beeping" announced a garage revolution. "I knew he was a drummer and I think he knew I could sing," Novak says of his formative musical conversations with an occasional drinking acquaintance around Sydney's north shore. "It was his idea: 'Hey, how about we just book a room for three hours and see if we can play together?' That was about it." The result — the savage swing of vintage rock'n'roll colliding with the pleading pitch of classic, gravel-gargling soul — was "just about playing to the strength of the people involved," John Henry shrugs. "We play hard and fast and loud with kinda simple guitar lines, and Novak has a voice that manages to push a lot of air. We probably sound so big because his voice is actually physically very loud. Like, if he sings without a mic in a room, you can't talk to the person next to you." Like you'd want to. Polish Club's combined energy simply defies belief, testament to a chemistry that's maybe one part plan and nine parts feeling. Yes, for those with a literal bent, there is a Polish connection binding their respective backstories. But the duo is better understood in terms of explosion than exposition. "People have this assumption that we were good mates for 10 years and that we bonded over a kindred spirit of music," Novak says. "Honestly, that could not be further from the truth. It's very much a serendipitous thing that happened. Now, sure, we bond over music but our tastes are quite different. "Writing is the best part for me; that's the thrill," adds John Henry. "We write really quickly, and heaps. Everything we write is just us two. So it's all ready to go once we get to the stage." Early tours opening for the likes of Courtney Barnett and Gang of Youths were loaded with a dangerous sense of portent. "A gritty garage rock two-piece unafraid to throw themselves into the action," the AU Review observed. "People were … literally blown away by an absolute musical reckoning," reported themusic.com.au. Come 2017, the duo were selling out their own shows and running ragged rings around the sprawling festival circuit of the great southern land. "Able", "Beeping" and "Did Somebody Tell Me" evinced an ever-tightening telepathic intensity and searing soul chemistry. But hey. We could bang on like this all day. But like any strangely thrilling encounter with a hyperactive stranger in a darkened room, the proof of Polish Club is mostly physical. Like being slammed sideways against the nearest wall, and liking it. "We both agree on where we're going, so it doesn't really matter how we get there," says Novak. "Fortunately, we don't have to think about that or reflect on it."
Ruby Fields is set to release third single, ‘Ritalin’, release her DEBUT EP ‘Your Dad’s Opinion For Dinner’, and embark on an Australia-wide EP tour. This follows the release of just two singles, both of which landed spots in triple j’s hottest 200 at number #137 & #152, respectively.
A self-identified ‘average chick’, Ruby spent hours learning how to play guitar via YouTube videos and got amongst her local music scene when she was 14 by sneaking into Cronulla’s venues and events. When she found substance and relatable qualities in the music she listened to, Ruby found herself gradually writing and creating her own music within that time. Now with two singles out in the world, she’s an act on the rise with a sold-out Australia wide tour under her belt, and her debut EP on the way. Ruby says of ‘Ritalin’: “It basically follows my first job working as a chemist check-out chick and the people I encountered, how I hated clubbing - bar one Shire staple spot - and loved going to the pub with my old man.” With the news of this release comes the exciting announcement of her upcoming EP tour. The ‘Your Dad’s Opinion for Dinner’ tour will see Ruby play shows in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane with performances at The Drop festival throughout. Now with over 1,320,000 streams on Spotify from two hit singles, two music videos that were directed, conceptualised and executed by herself, numerous festival appearances, and nine sold-out headline shows around Australia, Ruby is ready for a big 2018.
"..groovy as hell.." - TRIPLE J
"Kira Puru is on top of her game..." - PILERATS
"Absolutely potent in its energy and delivery, “Molotov” shows Puru’s wicked side, and also further proves her talent as one of the country’s best performers." - AU REVIEW - SINGLE OF THE DAY
"..world-class pop smarts in the mould of Pharrell and JT." - BEAT
After thrilling crowds with her triumphant sets at Curve Ball and Groovin The Moo, Kira Puru is set to raid Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth on the Fly headline tour this November. In conjunction with the announcement, the multi-disciplined songstress has unveiled the riotous visual accompaniment for her hard-hitting new single Molotov. Renowned for delivering dynamic and groove-filled performances, in the past year, the Melbourne-based artist has performed two headline sold-out shows and was invited to perform as special guest for The Rubens and Vera Blue
Directed by Melbourne musician, DJ, graphic designer and emerging director Tanzer, the video for Molotov showcases Puru’s mischievous side as she runs rogue in a sea of photo booth filters. "Molotov is an anthem for misfits and party animals, the clip is a celebration of things I love; bad dancing, collage, photo booth, general absurdity, champagne... I also wanted to give people a little look in to how unhinged the live shows can be, because I have a whole bunch coming up!" says Puru of the clip. Molotov follows on from the hypnotic single Tension which entered the Spotify Viral Chart in Australia, Sweden and New Zealand, amassed over 1.4 million streams and earned a throng of dedicated fans and industry accolades for one of Australia’s most respected voices.
Fresh off a sold out national tour supporting seminal down-under heavy heroes Parkway Drive and a show-stealing appearance at their second Unify Gathering, Polaris have entered 2018 with the Australian metalcore torch held high in their hands. One of 2017's most anticipated heavy releases, Polaris' debut LP 'THE MORTAL COIL' stunned audiences and critics upon its release in November, hitting #6 on the ARIA Album Charts, scoring a Triple J Feature Album and taking out the fan-voted KillYourStereo.com Album of the Year - surpassing the already high expectations around the band set by 2016 EP 'THE GUILT & THE GRIEF' and its impressive touring cycle, which had seen Polaris gain a reputation as one of Australia's most invigorating live heavy acts.
Good Doogs are WA’s answer to the surf rock movement that’s been sweeping Australia. After partnering up with Rusty Australia, the fellas have just got back from a full national sell out tour (their third national tour this year!) and aren’t stopping there! Make sure you catch their infectious, fun set - don’t kook it!
Naomi Robinson and Conor Barton make sun-bleached, guitar-driven pop as Mosquito Coast. Hailing from Perth, Western Australia and naming themselves after a Harrison Ford film, these teenagers have achieved four singles added to high rotation on triple J, completed two national headlining tours, and appeared at festivals including Southbound, Lost Paradise, NYE on the Hill and Groovin’ The Moo.
Naomi and Conor were still in high school when they caught the attention of fans, tastemakers and the music biz after winning triple j’s Unearthed High in 2015 (chosen from a pool of more than 850 artists and 1200 songs) and placing #101 in the Hottest 100 in 2016 with their breezy pop single ‘Call My Name’.
Following their big win, the duo released the single ’Commotion’ - a kaleidoscopic groove recorded at ABC studios in Sydney by ARIA-winning producer Greg Wales - and followed this up in late 2016 with a six-track EP ’Television Love’, which was produced by Carl Fox (Porsches), mixed by Jack Moffitt (The Preatures) and featured the singles ‘Let’s Be Friends’ and ‘Television Love’.
The Melbourne 5 piece has worked tirelessly to create something inherently familiar, yet at the same time unashamedly different. Taking the heavy riffs of their downbeat and deathcore contemporaries, mixing that with the groove of the current wave of nu-metal bands, and adding a melody that completely their own; Alpha Wolf are carving out their own place in the Australian heavy scene.
The band is also the latest addition to the roster of Greyscale Records. Label Manager Joshua Merriel states on the signing “It takes a special kind of band to make a collision of genres sound so seamless, but Alpha Wolf have managed to do just that. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for Alpha Wolf, and honoured to be a part of it.” Sentiments echoed by Sabian Lynch of Alpha Wolf “Signing to Greyscale has been one of those defining moments in our musical careers that we couldn’t have dreamed of happening this time last year or ever. Having people such as Ash and Josh backing our music is the greatest feeling and we are very excited for our future teamed with Greyscale.”
Sam Perry is a one man orchestra. Armed with only a loop station, effect pedal and microphone Perry is able to create layer upon layer of haunting vocal harmonies, heavy basslines and break-beat, beat boxed rhythms - live on the spot.
Early 2013 Sam was scouted for Onyx Productions ‘360 Allstars - Urban Circus’, a live theatre stunt show with a world record holding all-star cast. The show toured Australia wide with over 76 performances in large theatres and entertainment centres and continued its success in Germany with a near sold out 25 show tour. The show continues to tour internationally.
After 8 months on the road, Sam returned home November, 2013 for a special live performance at one of the prestigious TEDxtalks at The Octagon Theatre, leaving his audience in “an hypnotic state of ore”.
With no rest Sam jumped into the making of his new performance. The World Is.. - a non-stop vocal sound scape performed live to a projected cinematic film adventure directed by Brendan Joel. The show premièred at Perth’s FRINGEWORLD Festival in February 2014, selling out all nights, taking home a 4 star review from The West Australian & the FRINGEWORLD Music Award of 2014.
Fast forward to 2018, Perry won the seventh season of The Voice Australia, and is currently working on brand new music and touring Australia.
Justice For The Damned have completely grasped the concept of patience being a virtue, even if their rabid fan base has not. The Sydney five-piece have spend the past few years consciously and methodically planning their path, honing their craft with two solid EPs, touring alongside rising stars like I Exalt & Polaris, and slowly building towards a full length album; they’ve set all the dominoes in a row, now it’s time to knock them down.
Their first taste of the future was laid down through their latest single Please Don’t Leave Me. “The track is about harrowing events from within a family and bears a message of hope for both people who have suffered the same experiences and people who suffer at all” explains guitarist Nick Adams. The band also announced their signing to Greyscale Records, Adams again saying “We’re excited and privileged to be able to work alongside not only such reputable people, but people we trust and can call friends, we eagerly await what the future holds.” The band has put their cards on the table, promising the full length in early 2017, but before we see that album, the band is hitting the road two more times before the year is out.
Before 2016 is out, Justice For The Damned will join Void Of Vision and She Cries Wolf on a run of all age and 18+ shows around the country, before heading out with label mates Graves as well as Texan hardcore heavyweights Kublai Khan, supporting Grave’s debut release Monster. Before starting 2017 starts off with a bang as Justice For The Damned hit the stages alongside Every Time I Die, Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder and Alexisonfire at Unify Gathering 2017.
Since their inception into the Australian music scene, Melbourne’s Aburden have done everything they can to carve out their own niche, and now they take their most ambitious step yet as they release their new single, and Greyscale Records debut, To The Sky.
Collectively, the band had this to say about the new single. “To The Sky’ is, to us, a mature step in our sound. We’ve have all grown as individuals and as a band since we first started at the beginning of 2016, we couldn’t be happier with what we think is our most ambitious step yet. All of our different influences and sounds blended together in. Along with the shift in sound, there has been a shift in roles as Mason (Scream/Spoken Word Vocals) is now playing piano along with his vocals as Kyle’s (Clean Vocalist/Guitarist) vocals take more of a push forward. It was something that we have wanted to do for a long time and everything just came together perfect.”
The band also becomes the latest to join the growing Greyscale Records family “Joining the Greyscale family is something we cannot express in words. Ever since Josh and Ash launched the label, we always dreamed of being a part of it; we don’t think we could trust anyone more with our music and our future than Josh and Ash. Being a part of such a wonderful family of amazing bands that we look up to has us lost for words.”
Eilish Gilligan is a songwriter from Melbourne. Her first single for 2018, S.M.F.Y., is a pop song struck by lightning. Produced alongside Japanese Wallpaper and inspired by the elastic production of Bleachers and the writing prowess of Lorde, S.M.F.Y. is a unique, double- take offering from this little pop prodigy. 2018 has already been a mammoth couple of months for Eilish. S.M.F.Y was added to full rotation on triple j upon its release, and was one of the most-played songs on the station throughout summer. She has received full support from triple j Unearthed, being named both an Artist To Watch in 2018 and Feature Artist in the month of February. She was also featured on htmlflowers’s latest single Spirit Double. Eilish’s 2017 singles 'The Feeling' and 'Creature of Habit' have received airplay across triple j, Double J, ABC Radio National and Unearthed, and community stations across the country. She was also announced as a finalist in triple j’s Lorde RMX competition on triple j Breakfast with Ben and Liam. Her warm, spectral pop has earned well-deserved praise from triple j’s Zan Rowe, Nick Findlay and Richard Kingsmill, as well as glowing write-ups from Rolling Stone Australia, Red Bull Sound Select, NME, I OH YOU, Pilerats and more. Eilish has played in Japanese Wallpaper's live band nationally and internationally, and shared lineups across the country with Alex Lahey, Mallrat, Woodes, E^ST, Confidence Man and more. There is an athleticism to Eilish’s performance – you can tell there’s craft there, a certain training and sense of discipline that’s hard to cultivate without years of work. There is power in her vocals, but restraint, too; She knows that an emotional gutting is done better with a whisper than with a yell. Her masterful sense of control brings to mind Bat For Lashes & Kate Bush – like both those iconic pop auteurs, Eilish has a keen sense of how deeply devastating a lone voice and some synths can be.
Househats are post-millennial malaise come to life spitting and kicking at life’s frustrations and moribund fantasies — like a Noah Baumbach movie hooked up to a busted car battery — but still imbued with a resilient spirit that refuses to stay down. Fronted by Norwegian expat (and World Moustache Championship attendee) Freddy Fostvedt — with the other two sides of the Househats triangle completed by bassist Margy Noble and drummer Joshua De Laurentiis — the Melbourne trio bash away at pithy tales of contemporary struggle delivered with a lackadaisical drawl and staccato insistence. It’s not post-rock, garage-punk, or a hyphenated anything really: it’s just Househats, and that’s enough. It’s a knowingly great time with those that mean the most to you, the times you’re down and don’t believe you can get up, the peaks of your best times and the crushing unknowingness of what’s to come… and that’s all right.
Antonia & The Lazy Susans are an indie four-piece that originated in the Blue Mountains, NSW. With heart on sleeve lyrics and soaring melodies, they're the best friends you didn't know you needed, making you feel things you didn't realise you could feel.
APPROACHABLE MEMBERS OF YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
A lovable 7-piece ensemble with a solid 2017/18 backing them. After their debut release ‘ Millennium Queen’ in November, they brought the party across the east coast with a bunch of sold-out shows supporting Kira Puru and hitting up the main stage at Let Go Fest. With the release of their 2nd single, ‘ Semiotic Vision’, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community went on to sell-out their headline show at The Toff In Town and supported Lime Cordiale on their mini-fest tour. In September the band will be embarking on their EP tour, with shows selling out within a fortnight of announcement.
Their singles have been strongly supported via Australian radio stations charting at #3 (metro) and #4 (regional) on the AMRPA charts receiving airplay on triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio, worldwide blogs and added to a swag of official Spotify curated playlists including Fresh Finds (USA), The Office Stereo (AUS/NZ), New Alternative (NLD) and New Music Friday in both Australia and Netherlands.
The music video for ‘ Semiotic Vision’ took the internet by surprise and ended up as the #1 thread overnight on Reddit’ s /listentothis thread boasting 13 million followers and was Rage’ s ‘ Wild One’ selection of the week. Their music video for 'Velcro' was MTV's upload of the week. In May 2018, they released their debut EP 'If There Is Anything You Need Please Don't Hesitate To Contact Us'. It received a 7/10 review on Beat Magazine and Spotify featured it in their new releases tab. The band recently won the triple j Unearthed x NIDA competition, both organisations will be collaborating with the band to create a music video for their debut track of their sophomore EP.
YOUR GIRL PHO
Your Girl Pho, the sassy & fun stage persona of Phoebe Gunson that Perth has become to know brings sweet neo soul, pop vibes that numerous producers are lining up to collaborate with. Her recent collabs with Palais, Ukiyo & Tayrell aswell as featuring on Majestic Casual Youtube channel are just few examples or her amazing ability to write infectious catchy hits. Pho is known for her big vocal range, high energy and her looping during shows, dubbed a “sensory feast” thanks to her distinctive style and “daring dance moves” (Music Insight), Pho’s live show has also seen her share stages with the likes of Post Malone, The Avalanches, Alice Ivy, Banoffee and Kllo, and now features a tight three-piece band (drums, saxophone). The crown jewel in her fizzing, elasticated blend of neo-soul, electro-pop and RnB elements, Pho’s “soulful vocals” (NYLON) haveenjoyed airplay with Beats 1 Apple Radio, Triple j, RTRFM, 4ZZZ and more; via her own work as well as collaborations with electronic producers Palais, Tayrell and Ukiyo.
Emerging from Australia’s most isolated Capitol City in late 2016, Perth 5 piece Vacant Home have established themselves as one of Australia’s best up and coming acts. The bands DIY ethic and humble attitude from their beginnings playing house shows in their home town has seen them support the likes of Stick To Your Guns, Polaris, Deez Nuts, House Vs Hurricane, Being as an Ocean, Knocked Loose & Saviour in their city’s best venues. Their brand of west coast melodic hardcore attracted a worldwide audience with the emotional and heartfelt debut EP ‘Reflect, Respond’.
Released via Mutant League Records in 2017, The lead single ‘Shiver’ skyrocketed to the top 5 most viewed videos on the Dreambound Youtube channel, Currently sitting at over half a million views and rising. The beginning of 2018 has seen the band spend time on writing new material, Working with producer Cody Brooks to create their latest single ‘Knifes Edge’ set for release on 13.4.18. With an Australian tour already under their belts and plans to tour internationally very soon their future is looking very bright. Keep an eye out for more new music in 2018.
Homebrand are a an indie-rock band from Perth, Western Australia. Their sound resonates with anyone interested in the likes of, Violent Soho, PUP & The Smith Street Band. Hombrand have played alongside names such as Hockey Dad, Amy Shark & The Verge Collection. Having debuted their first single 'Shelf' in October of 2017 Homebrand plan on releasing their debut EP in mid - late 2018.
Hell Average is a pop-punk band from Perth, Western Australia. Izzy Moroney and Aidan Dever (Vocalist and Guitarists) formed the group in mid 2017 after leaving their own separate projects. They combined their love of pop punk to write melody driven, honest songs with colourful music. Later, members Amy Muir (Bass) and Joe Mulqueen (Drums) joined, completing Hell Average’s sound and bringing their stage show to life. In October 2017 Hell Average released their debut single ‘Straight Outta Centrelink’ establishing themselves in the Perth scene; and being played, interviewed and performing on multiple radio stations such as RTRfm, Twin Cities and Brisbane’s 4ZZZfm. They were able to secure first place in Destroy All Line’s 2018 Battle of the Bands. This win supplied Hell Average with the means to record their new single and gave them the opportunity to support GHOULS (U.K.) “NO BETTER PLACE TO BE” Oz tour. Hell Average plan to release their new single ‘Cold Day In Hell’ June 1st 2018 online and on all streaming services.
Mal de Mer are an indie surf/funk/pop band hailing from Perth, WA. Forming in December of 2017, the band have been playing weekly gigs since February; and were invited to play Fairbridge Festival in 2018. Consisting of John Harvey, Claudia Genovese, Saskia Fleming, and not one, but TWO Emmas (Emma Crawford & Emma Gushlow)- this group of mates are definitely making a name for themselves around the Perth music scene.
Their first single Wet Socks was released on the 22nd of June on most platforms (spotify, iTunes, Apple Music etc.), and they are in the midst of recording their follow-up single- set to be released in the coming months.
Sad Hour are an Indie Rock/Britpop band, from Perth, Western Australia, formed in December 2017. It consists of a group of four friends who all share a passion for music, old and new. Their catchy Indie-Rock tunes, as well as their laidback, downbeat, yet still dancy tracks are displayed in their entertaining live shows, and almost all members sing, proving themselves to be an excellent new band and definitely one to watch, having already played a handful of shows in 2018, at venues such as The Sewing Room, Hen House Live and Mojo's Bar Fremantle. They are due to release their very first EP sometime in 2018, recording at the infamous Vision studios. This will be their first major release following their debut single Ex-Lover, released back in April, which managed to place 14th in the triple J unearthed charts overall and 8th in the Indie charts at the time of it's release on the band's unearthed page.
Holographic Moon Society are a six-piece Psychedelic Rock band from various parts of Western Australia. Formed in early 2017, HMS are one to keep an eye on. Their influences include local legends like Tame Impala and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and their sound is self proclaimed as the love child fusion of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and Queens of the Stone Age. Among others, these bands have had a great impact on the unique stylings of Holographic Moon Society. This combination places HMS as a stand out act, having you swaying one moment and head banging the next. HMS consists of Shannon (Lead Vocals/Keys), Jimmy (Vocals/Guitar), Jesse (Vocals/Guitar), Jamie (Drums) and Zeke (Bass). Holographic Moon Society released their first EP 'Dark Mage in the Kebab Shop' In 2017 making their glorious debut.