“Indie vibe, echoes of Frank Ocean, social media impact, undeniable mic skills – it’s no wonder the official debut for Allday is getting so much attention.” Rolling Stone
Allday is leading a new era in Hip Hop for Australia. Having dropped out of art school to focus full time on music, he successfully lived off stolen sachets of microwave rice for months on end. Oh, and managed to drop multiple mixtapes, slide into triple j’s world famous Hottest 100 Poll with ‘So Good’, debut an EP at #1 on the AIR chart (and #18 in the ARIA Charts), and play a whole bunch of sold out shows and festivals around Australia. Which brings us to 2015, where the first two singles from Allday’s debut album, ‘Right Now’ and ‘You Always Know the DJ”, found a place on the airwaves and into the hearts of many. Sold out national tours, supports for Lily Allen, and huge festival spots have ensued. Allday’s debut album “Startup Cult” is a blend of broad influences and personal stories. Thousands joined the cult and helped Allday debut at #3 on the ARIA Album Charts, and #1 on iTunes Hip Hop Charts. Two massive national tours sold out within days, months ahead of the shows themselves. The album was nominated at the AIR Awards as one of the best hip hop releases of the year, two tracks made the 2014 triple j Hottest 100 poll, and Allday won the hip hop category at the Fowler’s Live Awards. Having just played to huge crowds across the festival season, signed an Australian-first record deal with US label Windup, lit up international blogs with incredible July 2015 mixtape “Soft Grunge Love Rap”, and hit the Top 25 in the CMJ Hip Hop charts, Allday’s cult is spreading far…
HANDS LIKE HOUSES
Taking on the music industry with their own unique sound, Australian rock band Hands Like Houses has spent the last 3 years bringing their powerful, high-energy brand of music and live shows to an increasing fan base across Australia, the US, Europe and the UK.
Emerging from school-based friendships as the boys grew up together in Canberra, Australia, Hands Like Houses officially formed in 2008. Catching the eye of US independent label Rise Records, the band was quickly signed and released their long anticipated debut album ‘Ground Dweller’ in March, 2012.
Their distinctive style launched them onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 2, and number 141 on the Billboard Top 200, garnering widespread acclaim and legions of devoted followers. Since then, Hands Like Houses have been hitting the road hard. They’ve crossed the US several times over, trekked across Europe, Canada, and the UK, as well as touring on their home soil back in Australia - and the road has only been getting bigger and better. In 2013 their second album Unimagine debuted at number 37 on the overall billboard charts, number 6 on the Indie charts, and number 3 of the Hard Rock charts where the band took their well-deserved place alongside classic icons such as Black Sabbath and new age superstar Taylor Swift.
Hands Like Houses jumped on full US and UK/Europe tours to support hot commodities such as Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens, as well as playing the entire US and Australian 2013 Vans Warped Tours - and 2014 is proving they have no intention of slowing down. So far they've continued traveling coast to coast in the US, UK and Europe, delivering strings of sold-out shows all around the world as they headline and play alongside some of the other great names in music, and they’re not finished yet. The remainder of 2015 will see Hands Like Houses taking their high-impact music and live shows to the UK for Download Festival and then back to the United States for the Vans Warped Tour before releasing their third full length studio album.
Asta returns with a new single “Shine”, a slice of up-tempo funk courtesy of a new writing and production collaboration with wunderkid Yeo. Plus news that a full EP and national tour are slated for the new year.
“For me 'Shine' is just about growing up! Awkwardly learning to trust my gut, savour the good, bouncing back from crap and ultimately just going my own way. So with 'Shine' I brought the soul and then Yeo turned up the funk!!”…Asta
Bursting onto airwaves in 2012, Tasmanian native Asta won over hearts with acoustic debut single ‘My Heart is On Fire’. Its strong vocal lines and opportune phrasing impressed, leading to her becoming the triple j Unearthed High winner for that year and taking out the #50 position in the 2012 triple j Hottest 100.
Following the win, Asta released second single ‘Escape’ and ‘I Need Answers’ – both of which propelled straight to triple j rotation and saw Asta play her first headline shows across the country.
Over the next two years, school graduation, a move to Sydney, endless writing sessions and collaboration efforts gave Asta time to develop what is now a distinctive sunny alt-pop sound that is very much her own. A writing session with Andrew Klippel (Pnau, Earth Wind & Fire) and chance encounter with rapper Allday lead to single ‘Dynamite’ – the world’s first real insight into Asta 2.0. ‘Dynamite’lived up to its name both figuratively and literally, propelling Asta back onto radios everywhere. A successfulheadline tour, sold out tour with Allday, show with Ellie Goulding and multiple festival spots including Falls and Splendour ensued. Asta finished the year by performing Whitney Houston’s classic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ for triple j’s Like a Version and scored the #47 spot in the triple j Hottest 100 with Allday for ‘Dynamite’.
Now 22, Asta feels as though she’s finally found her sound. Flipping that original brooding acoustic pop on its head, Asta hascarefully curated a brighter, bubblier natural progression. Nowhere does this fierce new audacity emerge more distinctively than via new single‘Shine’. The first from a longawaited debut EP it’s a glistening display of confidence and the culmination of a spate of writing sessions with Melbourne based producer and artist YEO. Working closely with Asta on all production aspects for the EP, YEO has helped to fuel this new peak in creativity.
But have we reached peak Asta yet? Hardly. She’s only just getting started.
Hockey Dad is Zach Stephenson & Billy Fleming, two childhood sweethearts who met when Billy dropped in on Zach surfing the point, at the tender age of 4. One day, after a few finger paintings and their daily nap, Billy & Zach made a pact to become the greatest band… out of Windang.
Fast forward a few years (about 13) and the boys still have their afternoon nap, only now it’s after surfs or jams, and often both. Combining their passion for the ocean with a love for garage and old school 60’s surf tunes, Hockey Dad write some catchy-as-hell pop hits & are ready to share them across the country… as long as there’s a beach.
2016 is set to be the year Nicole Millar makes her mark as a solo artist, with the release of her debut EP, and second single “Tremble”. Nicole has created an immense hype towards this release after her successful debut single “Wait” was released in late October last year.
“Tremble,” boasts beats and synths that make the track feel full and compliment the depth of Nicole’s voice. Starting off smooth and ultra sultry, it kicks up the tempo quickly, adding a power and playfulness that sees Nicole take you on a journey from beginning to end. It has been one of the most played tracks on Triple J since it’s release and has amassed over 2 million Spotify streams in a short time.
Nicole used 2015 to debut not only her first solo track; she also revealed her new live show at Sydney’s premier Electronic Music Conference (EMC). She played alongside the likes of LDRU, Porches, Set Mo, Indian Summer and Oscar Key Sung at the EMC showcases and introduced her three-piece band. Earlier in the year, Nicole was called up last minute to play alongside Troye Sivan at the Enmore Theatre where “Wait” & “Tremble” were pronounced standouts and the set received solid reviews.
After cutting her touring chops with the likes of Peking Duk, RÜFÜS and The Kite String Tangle she steps out solo with her new band set up. Millar’s music trajectory has already seen so many peaks – winning an ARIA, performing with Peking Duk at Splendour In The Grass and the A-League Grand Final, singing with RUFUS at triple j’s huge One Night Stand, televised around Australia.
But for the girl who started singing when she was 14, her debut EP offers the headiest high…
“It’s been inspiring and a long time in the making, so I’m thrilled to get it out there,”
There is a lot more of Nicole Millar to see this year and we can’t wait!
“…unquestionably gorgeous vocals and impeccable production.” – Hilly Dilly
“2016 is gearing up to be a huge year for Nicole” – MTV
“Nicole Millar is set to propel herself into the spotlight this year” - Acclaim
Fresh from taking out #2 in triple J's Hottest 100 of 2016, Amy Shark is taking over and making her way out West to HyperFest.
Gold Coast born and bred, the musically contemplative and soulfully brooding Amy Shark can best be described as the creatively complex girl next door. Her recent single ‘Adore’, was added to triple j almost immediately after release, with the station singing its praises and adding the track to their high rotation and she featured prominently during October as the triple j Unearthed Artist of the Week.
From there the coming of age track quickly soared to the Number 1 spot on the Spotify Local and Viral charts within the space of only two weeks. It featured at Number 1 on the Local List Australia and appeared on the Australia Hottest Hits Playlist. The 4th highest charting Australian song on Shazam ‘Adore’ is currently sitting a #33 on the Shazam charts.
Produced by M-Phazes, a match made in pop-music heaven, the video clip for the single was shot and directed by Amy herself. “Every photo is at a place that means something to me from my past and my childhood,” she explains. “Every shot is taken on the Gold Coast. So the video was shot in my old high school hall (Southport High) and all the outdoor takes are around my old primary school.”
Amy’s music is proving to have struck a chord with many, her song ‘Golden Fleece’ announced winner of the 2016 Queensland Music Award for Pop Song of the Year. With support slots under her belt for the likes of Matt Corby, Dylan Joel and The Delta Riggs, Amy has most recently claimed a coveted spot on the line up for Sydney Festival The Plot.
Tyne-James Organ just wrapped up a national tour with Allday and UV Boi, adding a whole bunch of new fans to his incredible online following with heartfelt songs and a voice that stops you in your tracks.
Having sold out his debut headline tour in 2016, as well as touring with the likes of The Beautiful Girls and Lewis Watson, and scoring some major screen time in Allday’s cult web series Chubby Chronicles, Tyne-James is fresh out of the studio with producer/mixer Jean Paul Fung (Last Dinosaurs, Papa vs Pretty, Art vs Science), where they’ve been preparing his debut EP.
With incredible new songs to unveil, Tyne is introducing his debut single, In My Arms.
Introducing 17-year old powerhouse Mallrat.
Gearing towards total alt-scene domination comes Brisbane-based hip-hop powerhouse Mallrat, the elusive teen slaying rap/pop/electronic fusion with her debut offering ‘Suicide Blonde’. At just 17, the young artist has already sat pretty in the Triple J Unearthed High charts, added to rotation across community radio as well as being picked up by international tastemakers as a “one to watch”.
The self-professed ‘Hannah Montana of the rap game’ releases her home-made video edit for her debut single, produced by Tigerilla (Allday, Baro).
Dripping with nineties nostalgia and spawning a series of jump cuts, the clip features the likes of a pre-pubescent DiCaprio, the Ninja Turtles and a string of ‘90s babes rocking holographic everything.
With much more on the horizon showcasing her production chops, the obvious progression for this overachiever can only be upward bound.
The Hyper Team are excited to announce that Ceres will be playing HyperFest 2017 as the first band in our second announcement, which will roll out over the next fortnight.
The band have just released their new single '91 Your House from their sophomore album "Drag It Down On You" and join us as part of a larger national tour. Get your HyperFest tickets here now, and stay tuned for further announcements.
Check out the video for '91, Your House above.
All things considered, there’s one thing that we can all agree on: it’s time for something new. Welcome to the Odd World, where things happen.
Odd World Music, in the shape of Ocean Grove’s debut album The Rhapsody Tapes, is a proudly invented genre that describes what happens when frontman Luke Holmes, guitarists Jimmy Hall and Matt Henley, bassist Dale Tanner, drummer / producer genius Sam Bassal and studio member Running Touch put their heads and hearts together.
The Odd World is a space where what is real and what is perceived to be real blend together, a creation of six united misfits to explain the experience of being Ocean Grove.
“The Rhapsody Tapes’ explores a fascination with a warped perception of reality,” says Luke. “It tells parallel stories that come in waves… and parts of the album are written from the view of a child standing on the edge, looking out into a hyperreality in search of something.”
Melbourne’s Ocean Grove will be expanding The Rhapsody Tapes, using the written word, moving image, physical installations and digital techniques. The Rhapsody Manifesto already exists; The Rhapsody Chronicles will be delivered soon; The Rhapsody Explained will surface… later.
The Rhapsody Tapes was written and produced entirely by the band in Sam’s bedroom, allowing Ocean Grove endless creative freedom. The album breathed itself out over a series of months and shows that dumping tens of thousands of dollars on expensive producers and studios is less effective than, well, having a preternaturally talented guy (who was just 19 at the time) in the band who can do everything.
Both a self-contained statement on and expression of what’s inside their heads, The Rhapsody Tapes – sonically and visually – was constructed in minute detail by the Ocean Grove collective, with no outside interference whatsoever. Every inch of the artwork, every note of music. Because that’s how the Odd World grows: in the shadows, bravely.
“Although some of the themes we discuss are commonly touched upon by many artists, we hope to present our art in a way that is incongruous with most, and that is the theme that binds all these songs and topics together – Odd World,” explains Dale. “We explore the nuances that come with that freedom and obscurity.”
There was no moment of conception for Ocean Grove; at one point they didn’t exist and then all of a sudden they did. With friendships within the band stretching back a decade-plus, they coagulated around shared ideas of art and performance and life. They grew together and treated every morsel of life as more fuel for their fire, expressed on two EPs, first 2013’s ‘Outsider’ and then 2015’s ‘Black Label’, the latter re-released in 2016 as the Sublime Edition with the addition of breakout anthem ‘Lights On Kind Of Lover’.
“The themes of our songs have transitioned throughout our releases just as we have transitioned from teenagers to young adults,” says Dale. “We have always loved to harmonise as writers on how we feel about certain themes, whether it be relationships, individualism or troubling experiences.”
Before they called it a day, Saviour were one of the most promising young Australian bands in heavy music. Their acclaimed debut album, First Light To My Death Bed, released via UNFD in October 2013 put the band on the fast-track to becoming one of the best in the genre – until their sudden decision to call it a day in early 2014. The announcement left their flourishing fanbase reeling and sparked an outpouring of grief on social media.
While everyone else hung up their instruments at the end of Saviour, frontman Bryant Best jumped straight into his new project I Am Zero and released the EP Darksky via UNFD in 2015. Despite still actively writing and releasing new music, it was always Saviour at the forefront of Best’s mind, so he rallied up the crew and got the band back together.
The freshly rebooted Saviour features three brand new members, including the addition of Shontay Snow who has always had a presence in the band’s music. Snow’s addition to the band as a full-time member not only rejuvenated the line up, but it also helped Saviour reshape their sound for the next leg of their journey.
TOTALLY UNICORN was born out of the death of surly tech metal dudes, Hospital the Musical in early 2010. With a mashed up combination of members from HTM and fellow coastal-dwellers, Ohana, TU rose from the ashes of dust and shit like an obese and terrifyingly hungover Phoenix. It wasn't pretty, and it still isn't...
The first twelve months were spent finding their new sound and writing 25 minutes of music they were happy to share with the world. Technically capable, but with increasingly high standards, the boys trudged along slowly, that year releasing the debut EP, Horse Hugger; an ode to the euphoric nights and mornings of a lifetime passed.
Touring relentlessly over the following three years, TU released splits with Robotosaurus, Gay Paris and God God Dammit Dammit. The band quickly became known for its highly energetic and unpredictable live shows; which often feature partial or complete nudity, jumping off the stage or other raised platforms, and interacting with individual audience members. The band's live reputation - coupled with an inability to be pigeonholed into any one specific genre - has brought to them several high-profile tours and support slots including: La Dispute, Kvelertak, Tonight Alive, The Chariot, Good Riddance, Frenzal Rhomb, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners, Rolo Tomassi, and Norma Jean.
Things were on the up and up for Totally Unicorn, but due to illness, breakups and loss between members and their families, the conclusion of 2013 saw a halt to proceedings. Some returned home to mend, others forged onwards with other musical endeavours. But no matter where they were or what they were doing, something important was brooding.
The following two years were slow externally, but productive from within. Having almost ceased touring completely, Totally Unicorn went into hibernation, writing more than 30 song skeletons of angst and anxiety-driven power-hits. After extensive pre-production, and a continual rewriting and re-working process in the studio and at home, 10 songs remained - each one of them greater than the last. The band entered the studio for a fourth and final time in late 2015, laying down the finishing touches. The result for Totally Unicorn was an arrival – the album, an epiphany. They had found their sound and themselves.
Dream Life is certainly a collaboration between a few: Karina Utomo (vocals, High Tension), Robert Smith (Vocals, Heavy Heavy Low Low), Tim Carr (producer) and Tim McMahon (former member), but largely it is private and ethereal - it is art through catharsis, growth through adversity; a rising from the ashes. And yeah, it's another phoenix!
Signing with Wollongong indie label, Farmer and The Owl, the band has released two singles from their sophomore album Dream Life in ‘Customer Service Station’ and 'Space Congratulations', and just completed a hugely successful album tour.
With regular plays on Triple J, a full page shoot in Rolling Stone, the cover of TheMusic.com, Rage hosts, and a plethora of other accomplishments including a NLMA nomination for best live act in Australia, the band is looking to 2017 with eager eyes.
They're now seven years on and almost nothing has changed... They're still overweight and still ready to party.
We'll see ya then xo
Fronted by songstress Louise Penman, Lilt feature pure, biting vocals and powerful, intimate melodies and Matt Mclean's textural synthetic production at the core of their electronic soul.
The pair work in tandem to create moments of vocal fragility and dense clouds of synths colliding with system shaking subs, bass growls, and menacing drums. Their first single of 2015 'Don't Tell Me' entered high rotation on Triple J and has clocked up over 300,000 listens online.
"(Matt Mclean) flips his focus between heavy theatrical sweeps and minimal drum pattern pauses that hand the spotlight, rightfully, back to the Penman's cliff--‐edge fragility."--‐ Rolling Stone
Lilt have recently toured with Meg Mac on her 'Never Be' single tour, and directly supported the likes of Canadian act Austra for Perth International Arts Festival, ARIA dominators Flume and Matt Corby on huge sold out club and outdoor shows, as well as Triple J favourites George Maple, Montaigne, Asta, and American pop superstar Melanie Martinez.
Lilt's live set adds Brett Walsh to live/electronic drums, and crosses boundaries from beautifully stark and sparse to full spectrum electronica, whilst retaining their trademark creative, forward thinking textures, compelling arrangements, and engaging, crystalline vocals. 2016 has so far seen Lilt kicked off their live shows supporting City Calm Down in sold out shows across Perth and Fremantle on their Triple J backed national tour in April. In July, the Band made their way over to Sydney to record the much anticipated follow up to their debut EP at The grove Studios with Scott Horscroft; (Empire Of The Sun, The Presets, Alison Wonderland).
The first single Wait No More was released on August 26th and was launched to a sold out crowd at Jimmy’s Den. The Full EP will be released in later this year.
Hailing from the infamously fertile musical landscape of Perth, Western Australia, Verge Collection expertly balance classic pop sensibilities and working class poetry to channel the collective conscious of suburban Australia milennials.
Songwriter and front-man Ben Arnold wears an influence on his sleeve like a badge of honour, taking cues from classic songwriters like Reed, Young, Dylan and Bowie, and putting a refreshingly Australian spin on a familiar brand of spirited and earnest pop in the same vein as Kelly, McLennon and more recently, Barnett have done before him.
The result is charming, witty and effortlessly catchy. His songs have the ability to hoist you high to the point of chills and a stupid grin, before making you plummet just as quickly into the existential nosedive.
Following the sucess of their debut single 'Our Place', which included heavy triple j rotation and blog love from all over the world, Verge Collection have had a massive 2016. They've played every festival under the sun in WA including Groovin' The Moo, Southbound, State Of The Art, Rottofest, RTRFM's In The Pines, Camp Doogs and WAMFest, plus toured nationally with Skeggs and Stonefield respectively, and supported the likes of Cold War Kids, Bad Dreems, City Calm Down and Saskwatch to name a few. They also showcased at Bigsound Live in Brisbane and performed at the sold out 'Sounds of the Suburbs' Festival in Cronulla.
To cap it off, they were nominated for four WA Music Awards (WAMi's), taking out the award for "Best EP" for their debut 'Open Plan Living', released in October.
Rag n' Bone are a band with shared interests in distortion, despair and decadence. Their finely honed and sharp sound, twisted and cracked to form through countless live shows, with comparisons ranging from Savages to The Birthday Party to Midnight Oil.
The last couple of years have taken Rag n’ Bone on quite the ride. The release of the band’s debut EP “A Woman Under The Influence” started the run, with triple j spot rotation for follow-up single “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore” and WA Song Of The Year award wins two years running (for the Punk and Rock categories). Plus, there's been international festival slots at “Rock A La Buse” (on Reunion island), Music Matters Live (Singapore) and Concrete & Grass (China), along with hometown performances at State Of The Art, Hyperfest and the WAM Festival Block Party.
Fresh off the plane from their tour of China, ‘The Boners’ have just released the new single “Last Kind Words” - the second taste of the band’s debut album, out in February. Rag n’ Bone have also just been announced as playing Falls Festival in Fremantle courtesy of triple j Unearthed, capping off a month that saw the band receiving four WAM Award nominations (including Best Rock Act) plus a nomination in the National Live Music Awards.
Led by Perth based bandleader and composer Brendan Scott Grey, Premiss’ self-titled debut EP is a strikingly unconventional artistic venture where the union of music needing to be voiced and the stories to make sense of it all come together.
Using an impressive eight piece band as its medium, compositions were approached with the desire to utilise the raw and imperfect sounds of a live band within the genre of Australian hip-hop.
Forming in early 2011, Alex The Kid are an energetic punk rock band founded in Geraldton. With two EP's, a split 7" with Columbus and most recently their debut album out on independent punk label Pee Records the band shows no sign of slowing down. With 2 national tours and countless WA regional tours under their belt, the pro-party punks are ready to start 2017 off right.
Jacob Diamond is an alt-folk, singer-songwriter from Perth, WA. After recklessly detouring into jazz for a moment, Jacob reformed; re-entering song-land with a limitless five-piece band o’ boys.
In 2015 Jacob Diamond received first place in WA’s premier band competition The Big Splash, a government grant to complete his debut album, a WAM Award for best folk act, released an acclaimed EP called ‘Chum‘, received airplay on Triple j and collaborated with esteemed Australian songwriter, Lior.
Between festival appearances (Nannup Folk Festival, Wave Rock Weekender, Fairbridge Folk Festival) and hometown shows, Jacob has begun work on his debut album, with producer Lachlan Carrick (Gotye, CW Stoneking, Lior) for release in mid 2017.
You can expect shimmering melodies and general finesse-ness entertainment from their live performances.
When we heard Elora Danan were coming back for a reunion show, we couldn't resist the temptation to bring back one of the most popular local bands to ever grace the stage at HyperFest for one more round. The guys are fresh from a huge show at Amplifier Bar and ready to bring it!
‘生 Conform 死’ (Live Conform Die) began with main composer Jeremy Pickett [Sanctions] wanting to try something new and revitalising for the isolated Perth alternative music scene. Adding the experience of Ilija Stajić [Illyria], Vincent Robinson [Affinitas], Troy Van Der Meer [To Catch A Fox] along with the rough diamond, Ben Murray. Our band members have played shows with the likes of Thy Art is Murder, Northlane, Make Them Suffer, Ne Obliviscaris, Iconoclast and Make Way For Man.
Lots of people think outside the box, but LC Mckenzie is all about acting outside of it. The Western Australia based hip hop artist and producer learned early on that ideas mean nothing without action, and so he hass utilized the traditional cardboard confines to his utmost advantage. It is what houses his menagerie of rabid rhymes that get unleashed each time he takes to the mic and steps foot onstage. Lyrically bold and wildly assertive, the Mckenzie frenzy has been spreading far beyond the city limits of Perth. And it has people wondering about what untamed creatures he will let loose next.
Vice Versa appeared in the Perth music scene in late 2012 after formerly being known as The Milkshake Strategy. Nowadays, they blend elements of post hardcore with catchy hooks and melodies that are on occasion backed by epic orchestral pieces.
The Encounters are an indie/rock band with a unique sound, blending ambient synths, rocky guitar tones, pop vocals and topped off with epic sound production. You don't want to miss The Encounters interesting and exciting live show!