When it comes to 20 year-old pop phenomenon E^ST (Mel Bester), there’s a lot to be noted, especially within the past year. 2018 has proven massive for the singer-songwriter. Starting with a #63 placement in Triple J’s Hottest 100 with anthemic breakup track ‘Life Goes On’, leading into her beyond deserved signing to label Fueled By Ramen. Not only that, but there’s numerous laps around the country including her own headline shows and support slots for Amy Shark and Panic! at the Disco under her belt.
Genre tags can be reductive at the best of times, but they’re often entirely unable to tell the entire story. Take Muncie Girls, for instance. The Exeter trio have a background in punk, but stylistically have never quite fit those margins. They’re at least partially indebted to the emo revival, but even that belies key aspects of their sonic structure. Essentially, they’re a band that have carved their own niche by means of hybrid songwriting – a free-thinking, independent force within the wider spectrum of British rock in its current climate.Read More
Leaving much of their conventionally pop-punk roots behind, Boston Manor from Lancashire, England return with a stellar second effort. A post-punk album with modern pop sensibilities, ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ proves a truly enjoyable rock experience. Much like fellow contemporaries Lower Than Atlantis, Boston Manor have crafted a musical output that expertly taps into the modern pop market, whilst staying true to a punk scene that is getting harder and harder to navigate for new entrants and casual listeners.
Tailor made for the mosh pit, Brisbane melodic hardcore outfit Wildheart return with their third EP, ‘We Are’. A raucous follow up to 2016’s two-track release ‘Above/Below’, ‘We Are’ shows us in no uncertain terms that Wildheart are here to stay with their signature blend of brutal hardcore riffmaking and doom-inspired melodic undertones.
Never let it be said that brutality is missing from modern heavy metal. Melbourne based death metal outfit Hadal Maw return in true Aussie death-thrash form with ‘Charlatan’, their latest EP. Comprised of 5 five-minute plus tracks, Charlatan paints a sprawling, chaotic picture tailor made to make to your heart race and give your inner anxieties license to run rampant.
Truth be told, it’s hard to talk about the Australian indie music scene without mentioning that we’ve hit saturation point. It’s peak hipster out there – messy drums, deconstructed rock vocals, pop stylings, clean(ish) guitar played with the ferocity of something more conventionally overdriven. It takes but a quick scroll through Google or Facebook to find the next local Newtown (Sydney), Brunswick Street (Melbourne) or Hindley Street (Adelaide) gig. Headlined of course by the hottest unkempt bright young things with a penchant for making loud noise.
It’s hard to put into words the force that drives Underøath. The melodic post-hardcore band’s first album in eight years, Erase Me, is very different, but also similar to their older work. The album has been considered the apex where melody, power, spatial resonance and arcane electronic textures converge to reveal a band that’s positively fearless; and although the band might have followed in the footsteps of some other bands “going soft” – by bringing in a more mainstream sound compared to their older work – Erase Me shows how much Underøath has evolved throughout the years and how they’ve exploded out of the studio to release one of their best albums ever.
Canadian indie rockers Born Ruffians are set to take 2018 by storm. While they’ve not announced any dates for a tour down under, they have announced a huge North American tour before heading over to Europe for some dates later this year. On top of that they’re set to drop their newest album, Uncle, Duke & The Chief, later this month. The album sports the bands earlier release, Love Too Soon, as well as their single Forget Me, but these two are slot in-between some other massive tunes.
Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Antonia and The Lazy Susans are the latest in the Aussie wave of Female fronted folk punk and they came out swinging hard, making a name for themselves in the Indie scene across the country.
The project is an evolution for the lead singer Antonia Susan, who released a solo EP in 2015, now with an incredible band and an awesome name, she is ready to take on the world, one heart-wrenching song at a time.
Martha Brown, better known as Banoffee, has released one of her sweetest sounds to date. Ripe is an energetic and delicious track that was shared by the Melbourne songwriter earlier this month. The production of this latest single by LA-based producer SOPHIE intricately brings Brown’s signature modern RnB together with bopping 80’s synths.