Line-up

ARNO FARAJI

 

 Unearthed High 2017 winner Arno Faraji. 

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CARMOUFLAGE ROSE

 

It's dark and brooding, the sound of the kick drum is pulsating through your bones, the harmonies are tribal and transcendent. The chanting begins "YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH..RUDE BOI!" The performer is unmistakably Carmouflage Rose. Before you know it you're front and centre jumping and zoning to that ROSELEVEL with him. You and everyone else in the crowd. Words do not do this young Brisbane rapper justice, his sound is unique yet familiar in a way that makes you comfortable to want to keep coming back for more. Having grown up around hip hop yet never fully being involved it was only in the last few years Carmouflage Rose took a hold of his talent and decided to share it with the world. Heavily influenced by Kanye's 808's and Heartbreak album with the African drums and synths he found his sound in that of his heritage. Carmouflage Rose has plenty of projects under way for fans to look forward to. His upcoming LP 'Roselevel' is due for release mid year, he also has a short film and street albums in production. This young man is one to keep your eye out for in years to come, his music is full of energy, exudes raw truth and touches the soul.

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CARLA GENEVE

 

Carla Geneve is an 18 year old singer-songwriter hailing from the songwriter affluent Great Southern coastal city of Albany, in West Australia. Carla's music is shaped by her experience as a south-west teenager, though her peers, local industry and music fans of all ages are touting her as the best talent to come from this music town in decades. Her debut EP ‘Storm in a Teacup’ was released as a 15 year old and it pricked ears locally and across West Australia’s South West, producing offers from Fairbridge Festival (2016) and the Nannup Music Festival (2017). Acutely literate, Carla's songwriting is delivered with dynamically robust vocals, a voice also found out front of Albany based Grunge Rock peddlers Locust. Citing influences including The Drones, Courtney Barnett and Mia Dyson, Carla casually slings from blatantly honest folk tunes on a mandolin to her rock lording Gibson SG effortlessly. In 2017 Carla is completing WAAPA’s Diploma of Contemporary music and her new track ‘Sharknet’ features on WAM’s Sounds of the Great Southern compilation (released May 27). Carla will be touring with Perth Indi Rock favourites Rag n Bone through the Wheatbelt in mid-May before heading into the studio in late 2017. 

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COLUMBUS

 

Fast rising endearing Brisbane punks Columbus have released their brand new single ‘Raindrop’, the very first taste of their highly anticipated forthcoming debut album Spring Forever out via UNFD on August 26th. Produced by Jay Maas (Title Fight, The Menzingers), Spring Forever is an earnest exploration of life and love via their seasons. Along with the news, Columbus has announced their massive ‘Spring Forever Tour’, which is sure to bring a tear to the eye of any in-tune Australian rock fan.

You will be able to catch the trio nationwide in October and November with Poison City indie rock upstarts Horror My Friend who have been tearing up the country on the back of their debut album ‘Stay In, Do Nothing’. Byron Bay’s fastest growing new rock export PLTS will also be bringing their catchy anthems along for the ride after the release of their single ‘On & On’.

After the release of their highly successful EP release ‘Home Remedy’, which clocked up over 3500 on Bandcamp in 2015 alone, Columbus hit the road to play to packed out venues on national tours with Hands Like Houses and Real Friends (USA), an appearance on Soundwave Festivals mainstage and even received Best Newcomer and Best EP Release of 2015 via Blunt Magazine. The band jumped straight into 2016 with a much sought after appearance on Unify. Straight after wooing massive crowds on the festival, the band signed to UNFD (Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Hellions). Since then they’ve kept the momentum rolling, supporting Basement, Turnover and The Ataris.

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CURSED EARTH

 

From violence comes more violence, from tragedy comes rage. Then, inevitably, the cycle continues.

Cycles Of Grief Volume I: Growth is an unflinching and graphic depiction of trauma that breaches the boundaries of generation, country, class or circumstance. The EP covers themes of isolation and brutality from the point of view of characters caught up in and torn apart by their environment and the actions of those responsible for shaping their lives.

“The story in Cycles of Grief documents the collision of nature and nurture” says guitarist Kieran Molloy. “It’s an unprejudiced look into the intergenerational nature of coldness, addiction and violence.”

Cursed Earth, comprising vocalist Jazmine Luders, guitarists Kieran Molloy and Paul Cottrell, bassist Robert Owens and drummer Sam Forward, formed in Perth in 2013. Through EP Vae Mortis and a split with Burning Season (collected on Enslaved By The Insignificant, released worldwide by Death’s Grip / Holy Roar) they established themselves as unflinching documenters of the darkest corners of human nature. And now, with the two-act Cycles Of Grief, they are making their most powerful statement yet.

“This isn’t a commentary on society” continues Molloy. “Society is nothing but smoke from the fire, the result of the flawed nature of the individuals who comprise it. We are biologically hardwired to carry our trauma with us and to share it with everyone who will open themselves to it. It’s our greatest weakness and most destructive power. The record is as much a criticism of ourselves as it is the characters we write through.” 

 

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DEAR SEATTLE

 

Dear Seattle are the melodic, sing along, hands-in-the-air, headbanging-with-heart punk rock band you’ve been waiting for. One part mosh pit, and one part love letter - with a dash of VB - the band have created a truly unique and powerful style of song writing that’s connecting with fans across Australia and the rest of the world.

Having now evolved their style into something truly distinctive and powerful, the band are seeing incredible traction following the release of their current single "Afterthought", as well as break out single "The Meadows" from their sophomore self-titled EP 'Dear Seattle'.

No strangers to the live scene, Dear Seattle have shared the stage with the likes of Citizen (US), Emarosa (US), Trophy Eyes (AUS), and Balance and Composure (US), Tired Lion, as well as recently supporting Columbus on their national tour, and currently on a massive national tour with Kingswood.

In classic rock and roll style, they spent most of 2017 in a van driving up and down the east coast bringing their unforgettable live show to cap cities and regional areas until finishing up at BIGSOUND in Brisbane earlier this month. The band played to the biggest crowds of their careers, selling out the ticketed venues or reaching capacity at every show, all of which has led to their ability to deliver an impressive and energetic live performance.

From charting on Spotify viral charts in Australia and The UK, to receiving airplay from triple j, triple j unearthed, community radio, and RAGE, to crowd surfing their way across Australia on tour all year, Dear Seattle have arrived and they’re only just getting started.

 

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FEELS

 

Feels are classically trained percussionists and producers Elise Reitze and Rosie Taylor. Based in Perth, Feels blend live percussion and melodic synth patterns to create infectious and obscure sound worlds.

Feels have recently been announced for Ableton's exclusive 'Loop' festival in Berlin which comes off their successes playing at 2017 BIGSOUND in Brisbane and ‘Listen Out’ Festival Perth, after winning the Triple J Unearthed competition and concurrently named feature artists on Triple J radio. ‘Feels’ recently signed to artist-run indie label Spirit Level, founded by long-time champions of forward-thinking music Tim Shiel (musician and triple j/Double J broadcaster) and Wally de Backer (Gotye) and released their first single ‘Prior Engagement from their debut EP ‘Emerald’. The single received international praise from the likes of RedBull, Spotify (‘Fresh Finds’) and Apple Music (‘Best of The Week’).

They have since followed this successful release up with a second single ‘Glasshouse’ which is already making waves at a national level. Feels will be taking their unique language informed by minimalist polyrhythms and contemporary dance music to Sydney in January 2018 after being personally invited by Ableton (the program they use to create their music) to undertake a studio residency at Ableton Live School.

Selected by triple j Unearthed's Dave Ruby Howe as "one of 25 locals who will rule in 2017", Feels have built a cult following in Perth through regular live performances alongside the likes of Ngaiire, Sachi, Mansionair, yeo, as well as securing a spot at Perth's International Arts Festival.

The two percussionist/producers are also committed to community and education, as they founded and run a monthly workshop for female and non-binary electronic musicians in Perth called WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth). Feels are "Understatedly brilliant" (Lachie Macara, triple j Unearthed) and "making some of Perth's most creative electronic music right now" (Pilerats)

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GLASS WAVE

 

Formed in 2015, Glass Wave are four friends from Perth, Western Australia. Giving the world a taste of their sound with their debut single 'Seabound', they swiftly followed up with the release of 'Discomposure', their debut EP.

Their sound draws from their grunge and hardcore roots, with an energetic live show best enjoyed whilst head banging with your hair down.

2017 is shaping up to be a huge year for Glass Wave, with air time on Triple J, new tunes, a music video, and plenty of shows on the horizon. 

 

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HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS

 

Heaps Good Friends formed after Emma and Nick met at the old Gladstone Gaol in South Australia, where Nick recorded Emma’s first demo in the K wing. The latest addition of drummer Dan completes their set-up, and together they started to show Australia what they’ve got. Their stellar 2017 featured a national tour with The Jungle Giants, an impromptu BIGSOUND appearance and a coveted triple j Unearthed performance slot at the sold out fun fest that was this year’s Groovin’ the Moo. 

 

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IN HEARTS WAKE

 

Byron Bay’s In Hearts Wake have been changing minds and lives since 2012, and with fourth album Ark they are looking to inspire change like never before. Musically, this album pays homage to the past as much as it signals a bright new future for conscious heavy music; as a statement, Ark simultaneously lives within the lineage of Australian hardcore and lights the way forward beyond Southern skies.

Ark is both a dynamic breath of fresh air for the metalcore genre as a whole and a treatise on one of the world’s great impending issues. Today, in some parts of the world, water is already more expensive than oil, a trend that is spreading. In Hearts Wake – comprising frontman Jake Taylor, guitarists Ben Nairne and Eaven Dall, bassist Kyle Erich and drummer Conor Ward – are bringing this distressing issue to the world’s attention.

“No matter what side of the world we live on, water connects us all,” says Jake. “Every living thing, and every human being that ever was or will be, is born of water. The plasma in our blood is 92% water, our brains 75%, and even our bones are 30% water. The same water that shapes our Earth is the same water within each of us.” 

“This record is an ode to the Ark, that is our ocean planet. Just like a ship, if one part is compromised, all life is threatened. What happens on one side of the world affects the other. If we don’t work together to repair our home and restore the integrity of its natural resources, we will all go down with the ship. Since water is our lifeblood, it needs to be respected, protected, and acknowledged not only as a basic human right, but as an essential human need.”

In conjunction with the release of Ark, In Hearts Wake have joined forces with Tangaroa Blue to lead a series of waterway clean-ups in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and at home in Byron Bay. Marine debris is one of the major environmental issues worldwide and In Hearts Wake – along with their fans – will first tackle this problem on the local level before taking the initiative global with a series of clean-ups in the works for future overseas tours. 

“We were looking at scheduling in-store signing sessions during Ark release week when it occurred to us - why don’t we hang out with our fans and work together to do something positive. By doing this we get to spend time with the amazing people that continue to support us, and show everyone that positive actions, large or small, all help to make up the bigger picture.”

Ark follows ‘Skydancer’ (2015), ‘Earthwalker’ (2014), and ‘Divination’ (2012) in further cementing In Hearts Wake’s status as one of the leading lights of melodic metalcore. In 2016 they released the unique collaborative Equinox EP alongside label mates and compatriots Northlane, and have looped the planet multiple times in the name of spreading their ecological, humanitarian and urgent environmental message.

In Hearts Wake have won new friends and fans from multiple US runs including Vans Warped Tour, and stints supporting Parkway Drive and August Burns Red. They have also taken the fight to European festivals such as Download, Graspop, Groezrock and Vainstream and successfully toured South East Asia and are becoming bigger than ever at home in Australia.

The foundations for the band stretch back to the early 1980s, when Jake’s stepdad took the role as frontman for Massappeal, one of Australia’s first-ever hardcore bands. In 2003, when Jake was 13 years old he saw Massappeal re-unite to support Henry Rollins performing Black Flag. From that moment, his path was set.

The members of In Hearts Wake grew up in the hardcore enclave of progressive Byron Bay, inspiring the band to spread a positive message throughout the world. They have drawn from local eco-ethics and applied them on a global scale.

“As members of In Hearts Wake, we believe there’s an opportunity to do good as well as enjoy the journey along the way,” says Jake. “Music is an amazing release from all that’s frustrating and complicated about this world, as well as a lot of fun – we love that side of it. But it can also be empowering and inspiring at the same time. Heavy music, like rock ‘n’ roll in the ’60s, often confronts injustice, ignorance and imbalance, becoming a catalyst for social change. Now like then, people want to move and be moved by the music and feel its message.

“In Hearts Wake are all about the music, the message, and the mosh pit–they run through our blood, like the water running through our veins.”

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 INTROVERT

 

Based in Newcastle, one of Australia’s central hubs for alternative music, Introvert is the brainchild of four musicians, who have established themselves as a unique flavour amongst an ever-so cluttered punk/indie scene. Kicking off in the middle of 2015, backed by their debut single ‘Trip’, the band caught a lot of people off-guard, with their fresh take on alternative rock, bringing in influences from a varied list of genres and styles, appealing to almost anyone in the scene at the time. Since those humble beginnings, Introvert has grown and worked towards a broader sound, with their second single ‘It’s Alright’, taking a fresh turn towards a deeper, more personal sound.

Kicking off 2016 with the release of their debut video clip, ‘Is It Too Late’, (supported with airtime on triple J’s Short.Fast.Loud program), the band has stepped up to showcase a mature and established sound, with the release of their debut EP, ‘Old Taste’.

With an eccentric, raw and emotional live performance backed with a strong catalogue of music, Introvert is a band that has made waves around the Australian music industry towards the later end of 2016. This includes being featured as Triple J Unearthed’s ‘Featured Artist’, gaining spot rotation for their track ‘Everything Is Different Now’ on triple J, topping and climbing multiple genre charts on triple J/Spotify, and last but not least touring Australia for the first time with Birds Of Tokyo.

Birds Of Tokyo’s ‘BRACE’ Tour has proved that Introvert’s sound not only caters for the expected alternative crowd, but has been very well received by mainstream crowds nationwide. From playing pubs/local venues to playing theatres, Introvert has stepped up with their live performance, showcasing their twist on alternative rock to massive crowds across the country.

After jumping into 2017 backed by a new team with Chris O'Brien (Storm The Sky, Void Of Vision) handling management and Tom Johannesen (Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Luca Brasi) of New World Artists handling bookings, the band has started the year with a bang. Embarking on back to back Australian national tours supporting Balance & Composure (USA) and Hellions (AUS), along with a slot on Groovin' The Moo (Maitland, triple J Unearthed winners), Introvert have shown no signs of slowing down.

With a signing to Melbourne-based Australian label UNFD coupled with a new single entitled December following on from a national run with AFI and Basement plus an appearance at Brisbane's BIGSOUND Festival, Introvert are kicking off 2018 in the most explosive way possible.

Catch them on tour this November across the country and at January's UNIFY Gathering.

 

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MADDY JANE

 

Tasmanian artist Maddy Jane has launched onto the scene with her single “Drown It Out” getting added to rotation on national broadcaster triple j and earning the Unearthed feature artist of the week.

Growing up on Tasmania’s Bruny Island, Maddy Jane developed a love of music and songwriting listening to Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett. It’s not surprising that Maddy Jane possesses that Australiana feel with her rollicking, indie-pop, introspective narrative interweaving with her tight-knit band.

Maddy Jane has been announced on a bunch of Australian tours supporting Polish Club, Luca Brasi + Kingswood and playing a string of headline shows to celebrate the release of single “Drown It Out”.

 

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POW! NEGRO

 

"This ain't no drive Zone!?!"
The last words spoken by a dumb ass Ma-Fucker in the way of the crazy, Afro toting hoodlum. Known only by the 2 words heard by victims of his Sik-Ballz sound, Pow! Negro, before being knocked the F#%K Out! With his five humble disciples known only as, Monster Zero.
The tracks posted chronicle the mis-adventures of the young Mother F***ERS of Pow! Negro.

 

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PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS

 

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - a powerful, melody driven psychedelic rock band from Perth who’ve been quoted as “Resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe.” - The Music. Highlights so far include supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom, Skegss, releasing their debut album “High Visceral {Part 1}”, releasing their sophomore album"High Visceral {Part 2}" and completing a national tour around Australia. 

 

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RAKSHA

 

RAKSHA is a killer 6-piece out of the west-coast of Australia. Meeting in 2014 through a love of music and circus, the group formed, creating an eclectic blend of rock, pop and psych with incredible stage performances. With a mesmerising intermingling of driving beats, catchy hooks and intoxicating harmonies, RAKSHA has been elevating audiences across WA including at HyperFest 2017.

 

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SLY WITHERS

 

After four years of being a band, drifting between sounds and uni degrees, releasing a debut album and succumbing to the idea that 2000’s pop punk makes them feel good, Perth indie punks Sly Withers are bringing their northern suburbs’ charm to the current explosion of ‘feelings based guitar music’ led by bands like Modern Baseball and The Smith Street Band. Landing supports over the past twelve months with bands like The Hard Aches, Hockey Dad and The Dirty Nil (CAN), and dropping a couple of emo-bangerz in singles ‘Good Enough’ and ‘Closer’ taken from their forthcoming sophomore record, the band are honestly just pretty stoked to be here hey? Fuzzed out guitars, yell along choruses and disgusting Australian accents: Sly Withers brand of indie punk is a relatable gut punch right to your feels.

 

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TIRED LION

 

After seizing Australian rock fans by the scruff of their necks in 2015 – winning triple j’s prestigious Unearthed Award, tearing down the main stage at Splendour In The Grass, claiming the WAMI for Best Rock Song, and supporting the likes of The 1975, Kingswood and Luca Brasi – Dew Process and UMA are tremendously proud to announce that Perth’s Tired Lion have become a part of our family of artists.

And if you think the combination Sophie Hopes, Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey dominated 2015 off the back of killer singles like ‘Suck’ and ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’, then you’d better hold on for what’s in store for the epic year ahead.

Firstly, they’re embarking on their first ever UK/European tour – including playing the Glastonbury Festival in June. Yes, that Glastonbury. So much for, “no Aussie bands on the line-up this year.” They’ll be standing on the same hallowed stages that have filled music fans’ dreams for generations, alongside the likes of Adele, PJ Harvey, LCD Soundsystem, and Muse to name but a few.

Secondly, they’re going to be giving fans one last chance to catch them live before their UK/Europe invasion with a whirlwind tour of Australia, including rock clubs in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and their hometown Perth, starting May 19. 

 

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WAAX

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Following the independent release of their punchy five track 'Wild & Weak' EP earlier this year, vibe-punks WAAX come in hot to HYPER after selling out shows across the country. Helmed by the formidable and ferocious Marie DeVita, the Brisbane 5-piece is a live force to be reckoned with. 

 

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WINTER CORNER

 

Fronted by the dynamic male and female duo of Bevyn Tarboton and Laura Jean, Winter Corner delivers a mix of alternative indie folk and dreamy harmonies.

The band celebrated the release of their EP 'Elula' on the 27th January 2017 and since then have supported sold out shows around Western Australia with acts such as The Money War, Riley Pearce, Michael Dunstan, Stillwater Giants and Indigo.

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