City of Swan HyperFest 2015 presented by Drug Aware
The 2015 line-up includes:
Make Them Suffer
Super Best Friends who will join locals Finders, Puck, Roswell, Odlaw, Being Beta, Girl York, Daybreak, Rag N' Bone, Calm, Collected, Sanctions and more for a huge day on Midland Oval, 11am-8pm on Sunday 29 March 2015.
Illy’s fourth studio album debuted at #4 on the ARIA album chart in November 2013, his first top 10 debut and the second highest first week sales by an Australian hip hop artist in 2013.
Recorded with Executive Producer M-Phazes (Eminem, Kimbra, Bliss n Eso) Cinematic is a tale of a smart and idealistic hip-hop storyteller who put everything on the line through honing his craft and sheer hard work. It’s all part of the mosaic that makes up Illy: his relatable persona, hip-hop nous and lyrical smarts have cemented him as one of Australia’s most exciting artists. The album features guest appearances from Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Daniel Merriweather and Kira Puru.
Less than a year since it’s release Cinematic has now achieved Gold Sales status in Australia, selling in excess of 35,000 albums.
Illy won Best Urban Artist at the 2013 ARIA Awards for his previous album Bring It Back and kick started 2014 landing two entries in the triple j hottest 100, with his triple j like a version mega medley arriving at #66, following Youngbloods featuring Ahren Stringer at #77. Illy has had two top 40 Singles so far in 2014 with Youngbloods and Tightrope.
The latter of which (Tightrope) achieved Platinum Sales status back in June, selling in excess of 100,000 singles in Australia. The YouTube video has garnered more than 1.2 million plays to date.
Illy has had a busy 2014 so far which includes a sold out album tour, a flurry of sold out regional dates all across the country and festival appearances at Splendour In The Grass, Groovin The Moo among others.
With his brand new single, One For The City, in tow Illy is showing no signs of slowing down as he comes straight from his biggest headline tour to date, the One For The Cities tour, which hit all capital cities in Australia across November/December.
Slumberjack is the combined production talents of narcolepsy-prone Fletcher Ehlers and part time tree-lopper Morgan Then.
The last 12 months saw Slumberjack embark on two national tours along with festival spots on lineups including Southbound, Stereosonic, CIRCO and Listen Out. With no signs of slowing, the duo released their debut single “FELON”, an eclectic beatsy number broken up by some stylish piano work, after inking a record deal with Australian based label Onelove. The Slumberjack EP is set for release in late 2014.
With a sound that is uniquely their own in a cluttered Australian beat landscape, Slumberjack refuse to adhere to any particular scene, and have well and truly awoken something special.
MAKE THEM SUFFER
Make Them Suffer have become somewhat of a household name in Australian metal over the past 4 years. The release of their 2010 EP "Lord Of Woe" introduced their original sound of earie symphonies, relentless drumming and blood curdling screams to the likes of Australia.
Their 2012 full length album through Warner Music saw them diversify their sound and their market, after both their music videos for the title track "Neverbloom" and the single "Widower" hit over on million views a piece on youtube. This allowed Make Them Suffer to take their more rhythmically and emotionally injected mixed bag to Europe before the end of their cycle. In November of 2014 Make Them Suffer finally took to the studio to record their highly anticipated second full length album, the be unleashed through Warner Music in early 2015.
At 17 years old, most teenagers are more concerned with exams & partying than preparing themselves for a fruitful music career. Japanese Wallpaper, aka Gab Strum is not your typical teenager.
His debut single ‘Breathe In Ft. Wafia’ released by Zero Through Nine in 2013 saw the Melbourne wunderkind rack up over 300,000 plays on Soundcloud, a feature in Zach Braff’s follow up movie to Garden State, Wish I Was Here and closed the final moments of popular drama series, Offspring.
The latest single ‘Between Friends ft. Jesse Davidson’ was unleashed after winning the 2014 Triple J unearthed competition. The track quickly received over 100,000 plays in on Soundcloud, high rotation on Triple J, and led to three sold out Melbourne show launches.
Having supported the likes of Sohn and The Kite String Tangle and receiving praise from Gotye, Chet Faker, and Bombay Bicycle Club, it’s often forgotten that Japanese Wallpaper is so young.
Not content to bask in the thick haze of satisfaction after a truly incredible year, The Bennies have coordinated another lap of the country for March 2015.
Publicans have been warned and bookers have been briefed; The Bennies are coming and they’re keen to deliver on their enduring reputation as one of the best live bands in Australia. Testament to their gobsmacking versatility, the band will lend their chilliest reggae-infused party vibes to Party On The Hill over New Year’s Eve, then kick it on Soundwave Festival’s national circuit before moseying across to Golden Plains to ignite the Supernatural Amphitheatre. Then they’ll deliver Heavy Disco to the masses on a month long headlining jaunt, starting at Ballarat and concluding at Perth’s Hyperfest.
The vibe in The Bennies camp is still high following the release of their second EP Heavy Disco in November this year. Strutting straight onto triple j rotation, the title track is a haphazard collision of synth, rock and punk with a chugging chorus that nags at your brain. “It’s the sweet and salty of music”,Beat Magazine pondered “Kind of weird, but really fucking good”. “An EP you’d swap your favourite record for”, agreed The Music.
“Heavy Disco is incredible” said SF Media,“unless you hate fun”.
Hailing from Perth, Coin Banks has released his long awaited debut solo release HEADS, featuring Ta-Ku, Homeboy Sandman, 20syl and Atom from C2C, Like from PAC DIV and others. Coin has been featured as the feature artist on Rage, Triple J and RTR FM and had his second single Think Of You added to full rotation on Triple J. His EP has received critical acclaim and has shown what he is capable of a solo artist.
Cutting his teeth in Perth hip-hop group The Stoops, Coin left in early 2012 to pursue new projects – including the Coin & Ta-ku collaborative album, the full-length Letters To The Sun collaboration with producer Akouo, and membership of rising live hip-hop collective UPNUP, whose lone track “Whatever Man” earned Triple J Unearthed profile and a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis support.
Coin has also spent the last year crafting away on some of his best music to date, gearing up to debut as his first solo release in 2014.
HEADS will be closely followed by its companion piece, ‘Tails’. Both releases show Coin Banks striving to make music that is original and carries a social and conscious message, drawing on inspiration from the Native Tongue movement and its modern day equivalents such as Top Dawg Entertainment. Coin is currently working on his full-length album, with Ta-Ku and Nottz listed as contributors.
Ecca Vandal has already been labelled an enigma. It’s not necessarily because of the lack of information available on her, but instead might have something to do with her musical pedigree and her defiant strut into a tornado of influences that she’s seen to make on debut single White Flag.
You’d be forgiven for admiring her for the Beacon Street era Gwen Stefani vibe alone. Ecca has the same chutzpa as the Orange County queen of ska, and commands attention in the same unrelenting manner.
But just as White Flag has you convinced it’s moments away from breaking into an unrestrained catchy chorus, Ecca flips the track on its head and channels M.I.A with the bombastic swagger of Santigold and before you can regain your footing combines 90s post grunge power in the track’s epic climax, evoking the spirit of Refused’s Dennis Lyxzen and hammering home every single reason why you should never judge a book by its cover.
Super Best Friends set the internet abuzz with their hilarious video clip for Round and Round, featuring Federal politicians Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. The three-piece from Canberra have just released a new single 'Out Tonight', which Mess and Noise called "A throbbing... anthem".