Artists

The Waifs

The Waifs

A trip that began in a van in 1992, playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them has led the Waifs to multiple ARIA Awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. With a career spanning 25 years off the back of relentless touring and groundbreaking records such as Up All Night and A Brief History, the hard yards in those early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound them together as friends.

The Waifs soared into 2017 celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style - releasing their eighth studio record Ironbark, completing a sold out national tour, gaining their first #1 album debut on the ARIA Charts and reminding fans that like a bottle of fine wine, they only get better with time.

The original road warriors, The Waifs have built a career out of continually circling Australia and the globe. From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years, reuniting with old friends, and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures.

 

Pete Murray

Pete Murray

Byron Bay singer-songwriter and one of Australia’s most loved musicians.  2017 was a massive year for Pete Murray, with his ARIA award-nominated album Camacho debuting at number 3 on the ARIA charts, and a packed-out 33 date album tour across Australia. 

With over one million album sales to his name, the quiet achiever of Australian music is committed to constantly growing as an artist and offering fans new and exciting material with each release. We are stoked to have Pete perform as part of SummerSalt 2019.

 

Busby Marou

Busby Marou

There’s a potent chemistry that drives Busby Marou, a bond struck between two mates years ago in the corner of Rockhampton’s Oxford Hotel, when they happily knocked out tunes for hours on end to anyone who would listen. And it’s that unwritten agenda, a simple intangible understanding between them, that they have come back to in order to shape an exciting new chapter in their remarkable career.

“There’s something special about Busby Marou,” says Tom, the songwriting hub and lead vocal of the duo. “At the bottom of it all it’s two blokes singing with harmonies and a bit of storytelling.”

That’s how it was at the start of Busby Marou’s recording career, those delightful harmonies blending with understated guitars on their debut EP The Blue Road.

Their third album Postcards From the Shell House was recorded with Jon Hume (Evermore) at The Stables studios in Gisbourne, VIC as well as during sessions on Great Keppel Island and on a boat. Postcards From The Shell House returns the pair to their roots in a number of ways. The shell house in question, an old heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of their native Rockhampton, has great significance. Early in their career Tom and Jeremy would sit around a campfire there and sing songs, one or two of which ended up on record. Last year, with producer Jon Hume in tow, that same method in the same location produced a few songs for the new album.

 

Mama Kin Spender

Mama Kin Spender

ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender have combined their collective talents into a joyous sound of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies.

Together, Mama Kin Spender have become the soulful music alliance and artistic collaboration between this blissful duo.

Their debut single, Air Between Us, was released mid this year and gave music lovers a glorious insight to what we can expect from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Golden Magnets - due for release in March 2018. From dark to light, inward to outward, Mama Kin Spender is a bewitching collision of alchemy, harmony and percussive wizardry.

 

Carla Geneve

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After a huge 2017 bursting through the WA scene with her unique brand of brutally honest indie/folk and captivating live show, Carla Geneve is excited to finally release her debut single ‘Greg’s Discount Chemist’.

The 19-year-old Albany-born singer-songwriter’s captivating live show and relatable lyricism saw her win the inaugural Mojo Rising Band Competition, winning Best Regional Act at the WAM Awards, play stand out performances at festivals such as Falls Festival and WAMFest among others and support artists such as Holy Holy, Alex Lahey, Jen Cloher, Gomez, Birds of Tokyo, Stella Donnelly and many others.

Previously from a strong folk influence and background, 2017 saw a shift of dynamic for Carla into alt-rock territory as she is accompanied by a three-piece band whilst still retaining her earlier elements and influences.

After being hailed by Pilerats as one of ’18 Artists to Watch in 2018’ as well as a tonne of industry buzz from her WAMFest appearances and year in general, her debut single ‘Greg’s Discount Chemist’ was released to an overwhelming response including 50,000+ streams on Spotify after being featured in many prominent playlists, becoming Triple J Unearthed’s feature artist, the single being added to rotation on Triple J and community radio as well as a sold out debut headline show in Perth.

2018 will see the release of her debut as-of-yet titled EP as well as appearances at festivals such as Groovin’ The Moo plus extensive national touring later in the year, further solidifying Carla Geneve as one of this year’s most exciting up and coming Australian artists.