Each month our friends at The AU Review will be highlighting the best new music from Australia. Check out their top picks for June below.
Deep Sea Arcade – Sydney, New South Wales
Larry Heath, Editor-in-Chief: It’s an exciting time to be talking about Sydney based music. Last night, Sydney success story the Jezabels played a sold out show to 5,500 people—their largest to date by far. An amazing accomplishment, and as you’d no doubt agree—very well deserved. It’s hard to know who’ll be the next international success story out of Sydney, but if anyone has a shot, it’s the boys in Deep Sea Arcade. Following a similar trajectory to the Jezabels, after a number of successful tours, support slots, singles and EPs, the group released its long-awaited debut record in March, Outlands, to critical acclaim. The infecious track “Steam” oozes with the melodic tendencies of the ’60s British scene.
Tiny Spiders – Brisbane, Queensland
Andrew Wade, Brisbane State Manager: A grimy lo-fi fuzz backed by some incredibly solid rock drumming, Tiny Spiders have crafted a pretty fantastic song here. It’s not a brand new track, but with the group’s debut LP dropping on vinyl and digital download incredibly soon on its Bandcamp page and with the EP of the same name featuring three live tracks making it a great revisit and insight into the upcoming full length. I’m bouncing around with anticipation; a wait for an album has never been longer.
Voyager – Perth, Western Australia
Tony Lendrum, Perth State Manager: With more talent than you could poke several sticks at, Voyager continue to expose what is wrong with the music industry today. Consistantly producing beautifully constructed songs that demonstrate more than enough genius to win a 1000 idol contests, not giving Voyager a listen is a crime your ears will never forgive you for committing. Progressive metal at its finest.
The Killgirls – Adelaide, Southern Australia
Sosefina Fuamoli, Adelaide State Manager: I first came across electro rockers, The Killgirls, back in 2009 when they played one of Adelaide’s tiniest stages. As a set of live musicians, the electricity they whip up onstage is fantastic to watch. “Animal” is off the band’s second EP which was released last year, and it’s a great example of the band’s approach to making brutal dance beats work with slick lyrics. It’s music you want to vent to/party to/get some serious exercising done to. The band has an excellent combination of talent and attitude that they’ve been honing over the past few years, the results of which are showing with each show and release.
Wilding – Melbourne, Victoria
Mandy Hall, Melbourne State Manager: Wilding exists in a musical habitat that delights in slyly curling melodies, frank if at times absurdist lyrics about love and desire, and whimsical, multi-hued arrangements that lay bare the spirit of freedom, madness and fun. I saw them live in Melbourne recently and they were just as fun onstage as they are in their recordings. They don’t yet have a full video, but you can stream their latest album Bird’s Bread in full below.