One of Australia’s most exciting musical exports, rock outfit Ocean Alley have taken the world by storm with their dynamic live performances, infectious melodies and faultless musicianship. Across four critically acclaimed albums, the six-piece - comprised of Baden Donegal (vocals), Angus Goodwin (guitar), Lach Galbraith (keys/vocals), Mitch Galbraith (guitar), Tom O’Brien (drums) and Nic Blom (bass) - have never wavered in their dedication to their craft, always grounded by a genuine passion for the creative exploration of music. Their catalogue amounts to more than 800 million streams, with nine singles accredited in Australia and New Zealand with sales certified Gold or higher.
Across five years, two studio albums and an EP, Windang’s Hockey Dad achieved more than two coastal kids could ever collectively dream of. Their last effort, 2018’s Blend Inn, ended up being one of the year’s biggest successes for independent Australian music. Not only did it crack the top 10 of the ARIA album charts, but it also notched up four spots in triple j’s Hottest 100, two sold-out national tours and accrued nearly 24 million streams on Spotify alone. Not bad for a pair of kids from a town where its previous biggest musical export was a jingle for a computer store.
TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers have sold out shows, had invitations to some of the country’s biggest festivals, and recently supported rock icons Foo Fighters in Australia. With these career wins under each of the Teenie Jeanies’ belts comes a collective sense of self-assuredness for Anna, Scarlett, Jaida and Neve. But, as their EP Pretty Good For A Girl Band will attest, it’s come in the face of being undeservedly underestimated. Embodying a quiet confidence and resolve like never before, PGFAGB is a powerful documentation of Teen Jesus figuring out who they are and voicing what they stand for. It’s the result of a band refusing to meet anyone’s projection of who they should be, how they should sound, and what they should say.
Coterie, four brothers making massive waves across Australian and New Zealand coastlines! The band encompass an authenticity often lost in modern music, their records telling lyrical stories drawn from real-life experience and using melodically rich vocals to bring a raw narrative heat to the songs. Immersed in a world of surf and art, the band have developed a unique blend of high energy reggae-rock music that has audiences demanding more!
West Thebarton are a six-headed rock hydra from Adelaide, South Australia, yet another example of the resurgence of artists from the Southern Hemisphere. There is nothing in the water, it’s all just pouring into your ears. West Thebarton are an amalgam of Adelaide based, national touring bands – a super group of stature headed by The Rev, the gravel voiced soul brother who, somehow, writes super catchy choruses about suicide, unrequited love and pure f**king loathing. Nominated for an ARIA for best rock record and winning Best Band, People’s Choice, Best Song and Best Release at the South Australia Music Awards.
Hailing from the steel city, Newcastle, Rum Jungle are one of Australia's go-to sun soaked bands with their mixture of surf rock and alt-pop, they float pop melodies on psych guitars and chilled groove beats. With a plethora of sounds and styles, the band create something which is distinctly their own. Rum Jungle have established themselves in the tour circuit with sold out shows around the country and quickly propelling in all areas, Rum Jungle are certainly ones to watch.
Lily and Grace Richardson, aka Clews, were raised on the anthemic ballads of the 90s. Their undeniable song writing prowess and two soaring lead vocals that harmonise like honey have been the backbone of Clews since they burst onto the scene in 2018. For Lily and Grace, leaning into the catharsis of song writing has been a big part of them navigating life, love and relationships. Their universe has revolved around music for as long as they can remember. Clews have carved out a distinct sonic identity of strong, melodic vocals, lush production and the organic sound of a high energy band that echoes elements of the rock artists they love – PJ Harvey, Fontaines D.C, and Warpaint.