BIGSOUND LIVE 2010 SHOWCASE ARTISTS

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Australian indie rock band ‘26’have just spent the first half of 2010 touring the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, England & Scotland, including performing at Musexpo, International Design Week, Music Matters, One Movement and the Rockness Festival. They have played alongside The Strokes, Fatboy Slim, Soulwax, Blondie, Vampire Weekend and many more.

Their second album 'Births, Deaths & Marriages' has been a success with various songs being added to radio in the US, UK, EU & AUS. Their track ‘A New Beginning’ has been featured on TV Series ‘Life’, and debuted on the ARIA Digital Charts at #8.
 

www.26theband.com

www.myspace.com/26theband

Amos The Transparent

Amos The Transparent have quickly become darlings on the Canadian scene racking up accolades from media outlets like XM Radio's The Verge and Billboard Magazine. The Ottawa-based band have played key slots in major festivals like Canadian Music Week, SXSW, Ottawa Bluesfest, Halifax Pop Explosion and NXNE and supported bands such as Tokyo Police Club, The Besnard Lakes, Hawksley Workman, The Dears and Jeff Beck along the way.

Always full of surprises, once you have witnessed Amos The Transparent live, it will be easy to understand why their shows are now becoming legendary.

Amos The Transparent: winning over the world one audience at a time.
 

www.amosthetransparent.com

www.myspace.com/amosthetransparent

Artisan Guns

"If you can't remember the last time you listened to a CD from beginning to end without skipping tracks or feeling bored, then you my friend, are in dire need of the new ARTISAN GUNS EP" 27th April 2010 CDM Magazine.

In 12 months the band released 2 EP's in OZ/NZ, their first release 'Bird & Bone' featured the single 'Autumn' featuring a stunning music video which gained interest on Rage/C4 and Juice TV. Triple J supported the track & Music Network handpicked the track to be the #1 ALT radio pick in Dec 09. 'Hearts' their new EP is out now and touring Australia with Hungry Kids of Hungary in August 2010.

www.letthepeoplespeak.tv

www.myspace.com/artisanguns

Ball Park Music

As the freshest faces on the indie-rock block, Ball Park Music have been dazzling locals and making their mark on the Australian music scene with their keen ear for a killer hook and impressive stage shows. Now in 2010, the six-piece wunderkinds are set to be more than just the local best kept secret with the release of their new EP, Conquer the Town, Easy as Cake. The release shows the sextet’s impressive diversity and clever musicality but what really sets them apart from their peers is a songwriting prowess which effortlessly blends the ethos of both humour and heart.

www.myspace.com/musicfromtheballpark

Big Scary

Originally planned on creating a four-piece band, Tom and Joanna decided that creating a full-band sound with the two of them would be more challenging, and fun. Forced to look beyond their comfort zone, exploring various genres and experimenting with different instrument combinations. Inspiration came from anything that provoked thought or emotion: from the contemporary expansive Melbourne music scene, to the classics from their parents' record collections.

The result was Big Scary, a two-piece band, as the name suggests is not what is seems. Sometimes acoustic driven and harmoney laden folk, sometimes fuzz-driven grunge, sometimes catchy indie/rock, but always completely enthralling.

www.bigscary.net

www.myspace.com/bigscaryband

BONJAH

Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'Until Dawn', released through their own independent record label 'Lemon Tree Records' it has been nothing but success. They’ve sold in excess of 20, 000 CD’s, picked up a nomination from Rolling Stone Magazine for Best Blue & Roots Artist in 2009, and had 2 songs nominated for APRA's Best Blues & Roots Work in 2010.

A powerful blend of roots and rock has seen BONJAH support some of the world's greatest artists including The Who, Counting Crows, Paul Kelly & The Beautiful Girls.

Look out for their brand new single due to air on radio in September!
 

www.bonjahmusic.com

www.myspace.com/bonjahband

Boy & Bear

Since the launch of their debut single ‘Mexican Mavis’ and winning the Triple J spot at Homebake 2009, Boy & Bear have been rapidly growing, earning the right to tour with Angus & Julia Stone, Hungry Kids of Hungary and the UK’s Laura Marling.

It’s the sound of an outfit that you’d think has been performing together for years, perhaps decades. Which makes it all the more incredible to discover the five players that make up Boy & Bear are all in their early 20’s and this incredible five-track EP ‘With Emperor Antarctica’ is in fact their debut effort.

www.myspace.com/boyandbearmusic

Bridezilla

Bridezilla formed in 2005, they began as a group of teenage girls - battling boredom with strings, horns & a storm of emotion. Then along came a boy who put beats in their blood and became the band’s drummer... And suddenly the puzzle was complete.


They presented their debut 'The First Dance' at New York's prestigious, Flaming Lips-curated ATP Festival. They’ve recently signed on with Inertia Records and now present their debut full-length album helmed by superproducer Kramer. Their blend of fragile folk, twisted jazz, and wandering pop has made them a talking point the world over!
 

www.myspace.com/bridezillaa

Children Collide

Children Collide are the sound of here and now, and it is a sound that crackles with the smarts of a band that has an undeniable sense of where they are going. Released into the material world on Halloween in the spring of 2004, Children Collide have grasped the term meteoric rise and disfigured it into a thrilling, unpredictable premise.

The ensuing years have seen Children Collide overtake sweatbox club stages, television broadcasts and festival arenas with equal ferocity. Their critically acclaimed debut album The Long Now will now be followed up with the much anticipated Theory of Everything.

www.childrencollide.com

www.myspace.com/childrencollide

City Riots

City Riots is generally so busy playing live that it took 2 years before they found the time to record a full-length album. Not being ones to cut corners, the South Australian group flew to Chicago to record with legendary producer Bjorn Thorsrud. 'She Never Wants To Dance' is the first taste of the debut album and is currently on high rotation on Triple J.

In late 2008 the band self-released the 'Socialize' EP in Australia, which garnered significant airplay through Triple J, ultimately leading to them being nominated for Triple J's Unearthed Artist of the Year Award.

www.cityriots.com

Dan Kelly's Dream Band

Dan Kelly writes epic adventure songs about girls, cars, pollution and self doubt. All the good stuff! He plays guitar in a style somewhere between The Rev Gary Davis and Stephen Malkmus' grandmother. He has released three critically-acclaimed records and been nominated for six ARIAs, J Awards and Jack Awards, and won the Inpress Magazine Album of the Year for his last record 'Drowning in the Fountain of Youth'. He has a great new band that is everything he ever dreamed of, hence the name 'Dan Kelly's Dream Band'. His new record 'Dan Kelly's Dream' is rad and it’s out now.

www.dankelly.com.au

www.myspace.com/dankellysongs

Daniel Lee Kendall

Daniel Lee Kendall did not plan for this... It is perhaps this unintended beginning that endows his story with such understated genius. It is simple; after an evening spent drinking wine and enjoying the company of fine friends and musicians alike, Daniel penned a song.

The layered melodies are textured lyrical landscapes that set Daniel apart, begin to pour forth, adding to an ever expanding body of work. The best thing to do was share, with friends and strangers alike, these songs of hope and heartbreak. And here we are, on the cusp of the release of DLK's debut EP.

www.myspace.com/danielleekendall

Deep Sea Arcade

Deep Sea Arcade sound like The Zombies throwing a beach party for Portishead. Their music is ‘Blue Velvet’ with ‘Clockwork Orange’ flashes.

Led by vocalist Nic McKenzie and bassist Nick Weaver, the band combine 60’s beat and psychedelic rock with 90’s madchester and trip-hop. The pair, friends since high school in Sydney, penned dozens of songs and experimented with every sort of sound in their bedroom before finding their perfect counterparts in drummer Carlos Adura and guitarists Simon Relf and Tim Chamberlain.

On the surface they are many things, but it’s what lurks beneath that makes this band so exciting.

www.myspace.com/deepseaarcade

Disco Nap

Disco Nap burst onto the live scene with their first show at 2009’s Sounds of Spring Festival. Since then they’ve supported Oh Mercy, Washington, The Boat People, played on the main stage at the Valley Fiesta, and toured the country in support of their debut single 'The Soft Shell'. In Aug-Sept the band are hitting the road again to launch their debut album "Running Red Lights".

Telling lyrical tales of life, death, love and family, and a grand vision in mind, they set about incorporating strings, drum machines, trumpets and digital soundscapes to create a lush, full sound that escapes the genre pigeonhole.
 

www.myspace.com/disconapartist

Dubmarine

After touching back down in Australia after their first European tour Dubmarine are gearing up for the national launch of their debut LP, Depth of Sound. So far 2010 has been a mammoth year for the 9 member crew of the Dub Sub, performing in front of massive European festival crowds, being nominated for a Q Song award, launching single Chip, performing at Ausralia's biggest indigenous culture festival, the Dreaming. However these are all precursors to further Australian Tour and international tours in 2010, 2011.

www.myspace.com/mellowdubmarine

Eagle & The Worm

Hailing from Melbourne, Eagle And The Worm's eight piece live show, is a big-dynamic, loose ended fanfare that follows their adoration of 70s and 80s rock orchestration. Expect classic rock balladry, country heartbreak and psychedelic meltdowns.

Their debut album, due for release early next year, was first sketched on a four-track in Jarrad Brown's bedroom with an adoration for the era of post-stardust eerie avant-pop. It was later recorded with Steven Schram at Bakehouse studios with the first single 'Futureman' released in mid 2010. The vegas inspired follow-up 'All I know' was greeted with glowing reviews and added to national radio.

 

 

www.eagleandtheworm.com

www.myspace.com/eagleandtheworm

Edge of Colour

Edge of Colour launched with a swift rise up the Triple J Unearthed Charts with track favourites - Glimmer, Sweet and World Orchestra. They followed it up with a string of buzzing gigs and a killer debut EP release, Glimmer

Edge of Colour create a lush and energetic stage show bringing together live-looped vocals, surreal costuming, symphonic pop dance beats and hypercolour video. They sit somewhere between Bjork and The Presets, Moloko and Empire of the Sun. Edge of Colour are making new forms and new sounds for their beloved dancefloor.
 

www.myspace.com/edgeofcolour

Ernest Ellis

Holed up in a cabin in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for almost two months, Ernest Ellis wrote most of what is his debut album, ‘Hunting’.

“It was a tough period in my life for a bunch of reasons and I wanted to go up there and write some songs. That was all I really felt like doing at the time. As it turned out it was the right time for writing a record anyway.” says Ernest.


The final result is a wide open, cohesive, and infectious album. Ernest Ellis’s debut album ‘Hunting’ is out now through Dew Process/UMA.
 

www.dew-process.com/artists/ernest-ellis

www.myspace.com/ernestellis

Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!

Hailing from the cooler southern climate of South Australia, Adelaide's Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! are regarded as one of the countries hottest promising young talents, having toured relentlessly throughout 2010 off the release of their debut album 'Sea Priest' (Dot Dash/Remote Control Records). Initially discovered through Triple J's Unearthed initiative, which landed them a prized slot on Homebake, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! have since gone on to create one of this year's critically acclaimed independent records. Having toured nationally with Sia, Dappled Cities and Band of Skulls; Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! bring their own highly anticipated live shows to BIGSOUND this year.

www.firesantarosafire.com.au

www.myspace.com/firesantarosafire

Georgia Fair

Coming off the blocks late last year with their debut EP, Picture Frames, Georgia Fair (Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley) impressed many all around the East Coast with their laidback attitude and affecting songs as they toured with such emerging favourites as Lisa Mitchell, Boy & Bear and Darren Hanlon.

Now’s the time for the rest of the country (and beyond) to get to know the friends and collaborators who make up Georgia Fair, as they release their second EP, Times Fly, itself the first taste of things to come, which saw them meet up with producer, Bill Reynolds, of the highly respected Band Of Horses.

www.georgiafair.com.au

Guineafowl

Guineafowl was brought into conception only this year in Sydney. Starting out as a soloist, Guineafowl quickly grew into a sextet to help bring to life the quirky indie-tronic songs. The band manage to balance deep earthy harmonies with soft, electronic bubbles that are seemingly weightless.

Guineafowl have only recently made the jump from backyard performances to bars, yet are already selling out Sydney indie venues. They've also picked up a few international supports along the way in their short existence notably playing with The Magic Numbers and Fanfarlow.

www.myspace.com/guineafowl

Halfway

Halfway was formed by John Busby, Chris Dale and Elwin Hawtin who all originally hail from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Based on a mutual love of Dylan, Springsteen, Big Star and The Replacements, they left Rockhampton and headed south to put together a band with the finishing touches being added in Brisbane – rounding out the eight-piece Halfway line up.

In 2008 the Halfway songwriting duo, John Busby and Chris Dale won Queensland’s most prestigious songwriting award - The Grant McLennan Fellowship. Their 2010 album “An Outpost of Promise” received critical acclaim along with 4 and 5 star reviews.

www.plusonerecords.com.au

www.myspace.com/halfwaycountry

Hungry Kids of Hungary

The mere mention of their name often invokes raised eyebrows and amused smiles among the uninitiated, Brisbane four-piece band ‘Hungry Kids of Hungary’ produce music that inspires measures of curiosity and joy. Dressing their immaculate indie tunes with a healthy dose of 60's pop sensibility and lashings of soul. HKoH have wasted no time in carving out a name for themselves on the Australian music scene with a quartet of radio singles and their relentless touring regime.

Their debut EP featured the incadescent single 'Set It Right' which pricked the ears of radio programmers and audiences alike setting the stage for a mammoth 2009.
 

www.myspace.com/hungrykidsofhungary

Jinja Safari

Jinja Safari is two equal halves: harmonizing frontmen and multi-instrumentalists Marcus Azon and Pepa Knight.

In early 2010, the rhythm and play of their two personalities were revealed, intertwined and born from a debut meeting over a beach campfire beside the semi-tropical jungle of Australia's eastern coastline. Sharing the same adventurous instincts, their imaginations soared over the Indian Ocean to settle in the East-African township of Jinja.

In early June they were selected by Triple J Unearthed to open Splendour in the Grass and their debut single 'Peter Pan' was added on high rotation to the Triple J playlist.
 

www.myspace.com/jinjasafari

Katie Noonan

A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this multi award winning and 5 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band george and she has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through jazz, pop and classical music. Her various releases include her folk trio’s self titled album ‘elixir’, the No. 1 selling classical album ‘Two of a Kind’ with her mother Maggie and her gold-selling top ten solo album ‘Skin’. Katie’s new and very exciting project is ‘Emperor’s Box’ - her new album with her fantastic new band The Captains.

www.katienoonan.com

www.myspace.com/katienoonan

Kimbra

Smoky soul, flights of dazzling invention, and intricate layers of deeply felt emotion.

At only 20, Kimbra has already earned comparisons to jazz greats such as Nina Simone & Bessie Smith, while also bringing a contemporary edge with her authentic voice.

Gigging solo, she twice won grants from NZ On Air - one of which resulted in a recording session with Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) and went on to receive high rotation on radio and television. She then relocated to Melbourne to cultivate her musical profile and paired up with producer Francois Tetaz (Bertie Blackman, Gotye) to begin work on her debut album.
 

www.myspace.com/kimbramusic

Knives At Noon

From the deep, dark south of Dunedin soars a brand new band, initiators of the ‘doom pop’ genre, Knives At Noon.

Four musicians, a rehearsal room and a considerable knowledge of self recording has been the modus operandi to which KNIVES AT NOON have produced their label debut EP ‘Glitter Guts’, an outstanding studio recording that reverberates as loudly as their sonic live performances.

2010 was kicked off with a bang with the band playing a standout set on the indie stage at Homegrown Festival in Wellington, further a national tour and opening for Vampire Weekend’s sold out Auckland show.

Recently the ‘out of this world’ space rock video for lead single ‘Violins And Violence’ was filmed on the active volcano on White Island off New Zealand’s east coast.

To coincide with the release of new EP ‘Glitter Guts’ on September 6, ‘Knives At Noon’ will make their live debut across the ditch playing shows in Australia. The band will be prominent on the live scene back in New Zealand heading into summer then will return to the studio to work on their debut album due for release in 2011.

www.myspace.com/knivesatnoon

kyü

Creating music somewhere between experimental pop and Scandinavian soundscapes, kyü have spent the last 12 months sharing a stage with Yeasayer, High Places, Xiu Xiu, Patrick Wolf, Why? Tenniscoats, and Australia's finest pop experimenters.


After being named Sydney Morning Herald's "Next Big Thing", they've not let the broadsheet down - receiving phenomenal reviews, being playlisted radio national radio, and having been tasked with "moving music forward" by Triple J.


Their debut album, out this September on Popfrenzy records, kyü will spend the rest of the year launching their self-titled record, playing throughout festival season, and planning for a US tour in early 2011.
 

www.myspace.com/kyusounds

Last Dinosaurs

Last Dinosaurs blasted into the music ether, in 2009, wowing many with their youthful, frenetic and damn catchy tunes. Triple J Unearthed them in late 2009, and February 2010 saw the release of their debut EP 'Back From The Dead' on Brisbane independent label Dew Process/Universal.

2010 has been a fruitful year so far, with a 'cream of the crop' of Australian festival appearances including Laneway, Splendour in the Grass & Parklife. Add to this a steady stream of East Coast touring and sold out shows, and you can see why the band are on many peoples 'artist to watch' lists.

www.lastdinosaurs.com

www.myspace.com/wearelastdinosaurs

Loon Lake

- Triple J Unearthed Winner -

Loon Lake are a garage/pop band of three brothers and their two mates that write high-energy songs with catchy melodies. They have been together rehearsing and writing for the past year and recorded some demos in late 2009. These demos have received attention in the form of airplay on radio stations Triple J, Triple R and 2SER and reviews on major Australian internet blogs such as Who The Bloody Hell Are They and Rose Quartz. Loon Lake have played a handful of gigs in their hometown of Melbourne to very positive responses. The live show can expect a tight and honest display of five mates playing songs they enjoy.

www.myspace.com/weareloonlake

Love Connection

Within 6 months of forming, their debut album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered! An incredible feat considering the subtle complexities of these tracks, which, when listened to through headphones offers a fuller spectral experience of hidden nuances, intricate frameworks, and multi-tracked instruments and vocals.


Mixed by Nick Huggins (Kid Sam, Two Bright Lakes), mastered by Tim Sigmund, and with incredible artwork by Cailan Burns (Qua, Mountains in the sky, Pretty Boy Crossover). Love Connection describes their self-titled debut album as: "A collection of low-fi, synth-based electronica, dabbling in new wave and psychedelic sensibilities with a strong pop influence."

www.sensoryprojects.com.au

www.myspace.com/loveconnect

Melodramas

Melodramas have supported Steve Conte and have joined The New York Dolls on tour in the UK. They’ve also shared the stage with Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters and have sold-out shows across the world in Australia, China, Vietnam and Kuwait.


Harnessing the pop eccentricities of The Coral, exuberance of early Blur and a chaotic rock 'n' roll live show, they are undoubtedly destined for big things in 2011.


"Whilst the Melodramas are one of the best supporting bands I've had, the lead singer alone could give Jeff Buckley a run for his money" Taylor Hawkins - Foo Fighters.
 

www.myspace.com/melodramastheband

Metals

A robot in search of the perfect beat and a style queen with the voice from out there bringin' it on the microphone. This is Metals.

The genre-bending act emerged from the Melbourne underground, the collaboration between soul singer Candice Butler and scientist of sound and producer of electronic robot music Digital Primate. Together they have created a new substance, an alloy that combines all the soul and funk of their respective musical backgrounds.

Metals forthcoming EP is due out October 2010 and will be an undisputable force to be reckoned with.

 

www.myspace.com/metals

My Fiction

Things are really starting to happen for powerhouse four-piece My Fiction. Inspired from the likes of Bowie, Midnight Juggernauts, Battles & Regurgitator. There music speaks of dark and mischievous romance, heartbreak, missing the last train home and taking your BMX for a joyride in the suburbs.


There single 'Every June' is being recognised as a finalist in 2 major categories of Queensland song writing awards - Q Song. The track has also picked up regular rotation with Triple J, and Music Director Richard Kingsmill adding "they're one to keep an eye on."
 

www.myspace.com/myfictionband

Oh Mercy

Oh Mercy flirt with your emotions. One minute their songs are jovial, full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics; the next they are edged with salty salutations and moody stoicism.

Oh Mercy has toured with Lisa Mitchell, The Panics, Little Birdy, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds and Grizzly Bear; and played the Falls, Meredith and Laneway festivals. They returned from SXSW to join their friends The Temper Trap on a national tour and played at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival. They recently released a limited edition 7" single titled ‘Keith St’ – a first glimpse of their new album due for release in 2011.

 

www.ohmercy.com.au

www.myspace.com/ohmercyband

Oh Ye Denver Birds

Oh Ye Denver Birds are inspired by everything that surrounds them and draw on influences ranging from Yeasayer to Portishead, and Beach House to Crosby, Stills and Nash.Their first single ‘Walls’ captures the atmospheric and organic nature of the band’s development and is their first track recorded in the studio. A change from their preferred DIY bedroom recordings, ‘Walls’ represents the beginning of what is to be an exciting year ahead as Oh Ye Denver Birds prepare to record their debut EP later this year.

www.myspace.com/ohyedenverbirds

Parades

PARADES are a young rock band from Sydney who wisely choose to create their music with no outside input or interference. Featuring Dan Cunningham, Tim Jenkins, Michael Scarpin and Jonathan Boulet - Parade's debut album 'Foreign Tapes' is out now via Dot Dash Recordings.

The album is expansive and ambitious; a haze of pop harmonies, post rock guitars and electronic meanderings. Drum Media did a great job describing the band when they said:

"Parades create their homely tunes in a garage in Sydney's Northwest, but it might as well be Iceland or the moon. They have an ethereal, expansive sound that is sweet and understated."

www.paradesmusic.com

www.myspace.com/parades

Perry Keyes

Perry Keyes re-emerged in 2003, playing solo sets featuring songs that have made up the bulk of his debut double album 'Meter', released in 2005 by Laughing Outlaw Records. It was hailed by EMI Australia CEO John O'Donnell as one the best Australian debuts ever and by Whitlams main man Tim Freedman as the best Australaian album of the past five years.


His next album, 'The Last Ghost Train Home' went on to be short listed for the Australian Music Prize and was named the ABC Radio National Album of the Year.


Don’t miss his new album ‘Johnny Ray’s Downtown’.
 

www.perrykeyes.com

www.myspace.com/perrykeyes

Pikelet

Pikelet began in Melbourne mid last decade as a solo project for Evelyn Morris, a onetime hardcore drummer who picked up an acoustic guitar, an accordion and a loop pedal, and never looked back.

Since then, Pikelet has released two albums, including this year's critic-conquering Stem, and grown into a four piece live band, which brings a cosmic edge to Evelyn's wide eyed style.

Pikelet has toured the world with the likes of Jens Lekman, Jeffrey Lewis and Bachelorette, while at home has been handpicked to support Sufjan Stevens, Dirty Projectors, Devendra Banhart and many more.

www.myspace.com/ovalyn

Richard In Your Mind

In an age where a wah pedal and a couple of beards are enough to get a band labelled 'psychedelic', it's great to see a band doing it properly. Sydney's Richard In Your Mind are just such an outfit.

Full of inventiveness and spark, Richard In Your Mind make beguiling, genuinely odd, mind-bending music, the kind as likely to veer off into a hip hop verse as it is an extended sitar workout.

Now, four years after starting out, the newly expanded five-piece have blessed us with their keenly awaited second lp, My Volcano.

www.riceisnice.net/artists/richard-in-your-mind

www.myspace.com/richardinyourmind

Ruby Frost

Writing songs since she was old enough to walk, Ruby began playing acoustic folk shows at age 17. At 19 she issued her debut EP titled HOW LONG, which sold out its first run.

In 2009, she hand-picked a band, turned her sound upside down, and entered the inaugural MTV 42Unheard competition. Coming #1 Ruby won a record deal with Universal Music, music funding, and a trip to New York to play at the CMJ Festival in October 2010.

After co-writing new material with writers including Dann Hume (Evermore), Phil Buckle (John Farnham) and Paul Mac, she is now recording her next cache of material.

 

www.myspace.com/rubyfrost

Stiff Gins

In the 11 years since their first meeting at the Eora Centre in Redfern, Stiff Gins have performed at cultural institutes in New Caledonia, Vietnam, Spain, been part of cultural exchanges to Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, UAE & Cyprus, played festivals and shows throughout Canada, the US, Ireland and performed extensively throughout Australia. Stiff Gins are through harmony & song, reclaiming a derogatory term for Aboriginal women, instead declaring its meaning as proud, passionate & talented.

Stiff Gins distinctively tight vocal harmonies will stun and seduce you simultaneously
Diaspora World Beat

The Stiff Gins are becoming synonymous with excellence
ABC Online
 

www.stiffgins.net

www.myspace.com/wwwstiffginsnet

The Cairos

They’ve turned idle listeners into rabid fans and generated industry interest since their first high-school gig. Their debut release ‘Lost At Sea’ features interwoven experimental flourishes, timeless layered textures, and has already helped The Cairos devour their hometown. The launch in iconic Brisbane live venue The Zoo reached its capacity shortly after the foursome hit the stage with their swelling sound.


They have recently played at Parklife Festival Brisbane, BIGSOUND Showcase and have previously shared the stage with the likes of You Am I, The Temper Trap, Bertie Blackman, Wolf and Cub, Mercy Arms, and Yves Klein Blue.
 

www.myspace.com/thecairos

The Checks

Touring Japan with The Hives, hitting the road with Muse, pressured by Oasis to be their opening act, and being introduced on stage every night of an REM tour by uber-fan Michael Stipe: all this stuff is hard to beat when your group is one you formed with your 15-year-old pals from school less than 5 years ago!

2009 seen the self-released & self-recorded album, 'Alice By The Moon'. In 2010 they were nominated for the inaugural Dylan Tait Award for their 'Alice By The Moon' album, and were invited to open for ACDC during their most recent NZ tour this year.

www.thechecks.net

The Delta Riggs

Wearing their blues credentials and big-band music pedigree on their sleeves, The Delta Riggs are a 6-piece jam-band who careen from ramshackle R'n'B to paint-peeling, kick-in-the-teeth rock.

Combining a gritty mix of melancholy, soaring harmonies and relentless energy. The 'Riggs' hit their stride in front of an audience. Their shambolic singer, Elliot Hammond, affirms, "Our music is meant to be played live, as a conversation with the listener".

Sure enough, their blistering shows have spawned a legion of live devotees traipsing after the band's flared footsteps. Hallelujah, come join the jubilee - The Delta Riggs are coming to town!

www.myspace.com/thedeltariggs

The Foreign Objects

The Foreign Objects combine their love of Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives and their ilk to produce a punk ferociousness matched only by their rock swagger.

Performing alongside Spiderbait, Little Birdy and Children Collide at 2009's Festival of The Sun, and supporting the likes of Grinspoon, Philadelphia Grand Jury, The Boxer Rebellion (UK), The Last Dinosaurs, Fangs, and The Scare! September will see their second EP release for 2010, recorded at 301 Byron Bay and produced by Phil Jamieson. Coming up is BIGSOUND, Coaster Festival and tours with The Novacaines and Fangs.

www.myspace.com/theforeignobjectsmusic

The Gin Club

The Gin Club have established themselves as one of Australia's most exciting bands, both through their studio albums and their inimitable performances. Continually evolving from the traditional folk/country of their debut, The Gin Club's seven-person songwriting roster has developed a unique and distinctive style.


They’ve toured & performed with The Drones, Band of Horses, You Am I, Liam Finn and Midlake, as well as performing at Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Bluesfest, Sounds of Spring, Sunset Sounds, Musexpo LA and Canadian Music Week.


Their third release, the critically acclaimed double album "Junk", garnered 3 prizes at the 2008 Queensland Music Awards.
 

www.theginclub.com.au

www.myspace.com/theginclub

The Holidays

Formed in 2007, the band quickly made their mark on the Australian musical landscape. They’ve released 2 EP’s, shared stages with The View, Jamie T, The Temper Trap & Little Red, and have been named one of the nation’s most promising new acts.


Now comes the long awaited debut album ‘Post Paradise’, featuring #1 hit ‘Moonlight Hours’ Triple J’s playlist earlier this year. ‘Post Paradise’ is an intoxicating blend of breezy melodies, electropical dancefloor anthems and summer vibes, and consolidates the band’s foray into an exciting direction that re-affirms their claim as one of the most exciting young acts in the country.

 

www.theholidaysband.com

www.myspace.com/theholidays

The Honey Month

Their collaboration dates back to seven years ago, when two eleven year old boys whith a keyboard, a tape recorder and an affection for punk recorded their first song over the top of a dusty Tom Petty cassette.

After acquiring a set of drums and an electric guitar, a three piece band formed, playing together until early 2008, when a strange transition fuelled by a mutual love of electric music occurred. This is where The Honey Month begun.

The boys have recently inked a deal with Brisbane based indie Useless Art Recordings and are releasing a debut EP on Useless Art/Interia on September 24th.

www.myspace.com/honeymonth

The Jezabels

Rarely a band really stands for something, unified in spirit and energised by a shared idea. The Jezabels are one such band, and ultimately they're the only bands that count.

Mixing classic pop and disco with an expansive, emotionally sophisticated attitude to indie rock, The Jezabels present like few bands in recent years. Onstage, they’re intensity personified, with a presence and purpose so emotionally raw, brittle, directed and genuine; they make most other groups look contrived.

At live shows, crowds are struck by the energy, intellect, ambition and emotional honesty they bring to the stage. An audience can’t help but invest in them.

www.thejezabels.com

www.myspace.com/jezabelsband

The John Steel Singers

The John Steel Singers are about to hit the scene again in a very big way. With the success of previous singles 'Strawberry Wine', 'Rainbow Kraut' and 'Evolution'. They will soon embark on new territories in the form of their long-awaited, forthcoming, debut alum 'Tangalooma'.


The Brisbane six-piece have had a lot to smile about on their journey leading up to this debut. Their catchy blend of pop has seen them become firm Triple J favourites, verified by the station granting them the 2008 Unearthed J Award for best newcomer of the year.


"Once they draw you in, you will never forget it"
 

www.myspace.com/thejohnsteelsingers

The Medics

The Medics released "This Boat We Call Love" EP in early 2010. Produced by Mark Myers (The Middle East) it features “Joseph” (Finalist ISC Rock Category 2010) and “Her Song".

From Cairns, Far North Queensland Indigenous cousins Kahl Wallace and Jhindu Lawrie with friends Andrew Thomson and Charles Thomas collaborate via electric & acoustic guitars, bass, drums, glockenspiel, keyboards, percussion and vocal harmonies to create rock music epic in scope and with heart.

The Medics were unearthed by Triple J in May 2010 and  have toured nationally and performed at Groovin' The Moo, The Dreaming, Peats Ridge and Woodford Folk Festivals.

www.myspace.com/themedicsband1

The Melodics

The Melodics are a 5 piece live revivalist hip-hop act, with synth heavy rock grooves and new-wave rap flavours. Think David Bowie meets Kanye West or Joy Division meets Santogold... minus the eye-patch, ego, depression and gold leggings. Following the release of their celebrated debut album, '4D' in 2009, their single 'Take Me Away' quickly become a Triple J favourite.

Now The Melodics are back with 'Paint Me Gold'. Bringing together a creative, energetic and original mix up of electro-rock and Indie Hip-Hop, the new release continues to see The Melodics drawing capacity crowds of sweaty bodies across Australia.

www.themelodics.com.au

www.myspace.com/themelodics

The Naked and Famous

The Naked And Famous made their debut in 2008 with 2 attention-grabbing EPs. Last year, they made a play for alternative track of the year with the brilliant single 'All Of This'. This year will see them release what is already quietly being talked about as the most anticipated local album release of the year, and is lining up to be a busy year for this most committed and exciting young band, appearing with the Temper Trap in Auckland in August and plans to be touring Australia & New Zealand in September.

www.thenakedandfamous.com

www.myspace.com/thenakedandfamous

The Optimen

The Optimen story has come a long way from the house party in 2001 that led to the bands conception. The groups first release, Breath Control EP received national attention and airplay across Tripe J and community radio. In 2005 the crew returned with their debut album Boomtown, a pivotal release that saw single Give It Up receive high rotation on Triple J, the Channel V Best Film Clip Award and took out the Roland Best Urban Artist Award at the 2006 MusicOz Awards.
 

Now here in Brisbane in 2010 to perform at BIGSOUND Live!
 

www.theoptimen.com

www.myspace.com/theoptimen

The Transients

The Transients are known for creating catchy melodies with tight polished production, dishing up everything from pounding gritty basslines, to feel-good pop songs and percussive instrumentals.


The pair started making music together in 2006 and since then have been achieving amazing things. In 2008 they won Artist of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Artist in the Musicoz Awards, and in 2009 they released their EP Crossfades through MGM. Playing live as a four-piece, they've performed at festivals such as Southbound, Stereosonic, Summadayze, Good Vibrations, One Movement, Perth Festival and Parklife, and supported artists like Sia, Van She, Grafton Primary and Dukes Of Windsor.

 

www.thetransients.net

www.myspace.com/thetransientsmusic

The Vasco Era

The Vasco Era burst onto the Australian music scene some five years ago in an arrival that was difficult to ignore. The noisy Apollo Bay natives presented a range of musical conundrums: a surf coast band fuelled by a furious racket; a three-piece that made as much noise as a whole festival; a band that seemingly ran alongside the other entrants in the new rock race and yet outran them all. The country sat up and took notice, and their 2006 debut, Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside, (produced by Jeff Saltzman) was nominated for a J Award. The band worked closely with producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets, Sleepy Jackson) on their second album, Lucille, which was released in March 2010. The intensive recording session resulted in a record that is rich in atmosphere and depth of feeling.

www.thevascoera.com

www.myspace.com/thevascoera

The Wilson Pickers

The Wilson Pickers formed after a crazy idea of uniting some Queenslanders with some Victorians in the vague hope of forming a bluegrass-style band. They play banjo, fiddle, harmonica and acoustic guitar-based songs that draw on bluegrass, folk, country and lots of other things. Think bluegrass music meets The Beach Boys styled harmonies.

But what started out as some fun, found The Wilson Pickers' debut Land Of The Powerful Owl snagging the lads an ARIA Award nomination for Best Blues & Roots Album in 2009, and a mass of critical acclaim. 

By the time BIGSOUND arrives, The Wilson Pickers sophomore release 'Shake It Down', will be firmly in the hands of many a music lover, and will set the scene for another great year for The Wilson Pickers.

www.myspace.com/thewilsonpickers

Washington

Megan Washington, singer/songwriter from Brisbane is something of a rarity, she collaborates with some of the biggest names in Australian Jazz & Indie Music to form her unique sound.
 

She released a jazz EP in 2006, leading her to become part of Old Man River’s band as keyboardist. In 2008 she went solo and won Triple J’s Unearthed, and released her first EP as ‘Washington’ later that year.

Her album I Believe You Liar, was a success and debuted at number 3.
 

With big plans in mind, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Washington in the future.
 

www.myspace.com/meganwashington

Young Revelry

Young Revelry are not your typical production-line indie rock band. Having come together in the wake of a lengthy period of collaborative songwriting between Sebastian Astone & Tom King, young they are indeed, with the bands' existence having barely clocked a year.

You & I, the debut EP offered up by Young Revelry is a dark inspired journey through a myriad of sounds and subjects. Recorded with Paul 'Woody' Annison (Children Collide, Rocket Science) this release seamlessly melds fuzz drencched guitars to pulsating rhythms. Young Revelry burst forth with a discerning snarl and aggression that is far from mediocre. 

www.myspace.com/youngrevelry



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