NAME: City Riots
ORIGIN: Adelaide, Australia
For City Riots founders Ricky and Dan Kradolfer, it’s been a long road from their parents formal dining room to SXSW national airplay on Triple J.
Picking up bandmates Matt Edge and Matt Stadler along the way, the group has been building momentum recently touring the country with the likes of Boy & Bear and Papa Vs Pretty.
The aforementioned acts are a fair guide to what you’re gonna get with these guys - indie rock all the way and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
They’ve got a single, In My Head, out digitally on July 1 with an EP to follow later this year. In the meantime, catch their never released track She Never Wants to Dance here.
Few genres are as popular and maligned as dubstep is right now. Everyone wants a taste and as a result there are a lot of pretenders out there.
Zomby ain’t one of those.
This producer extraordinaire has done his time knocking out rave, garage, jungle or dubstep since he exploded on the scene with his rave-centric debut a couple of years ago, Where Were U in 92?
But don’t just take the fact he’s signed to influential label 4AD as proof of his cred, check out his latest track, Things Fall Apart, here. It features none other than Panda Bear from Animal Collective. Nice, huh? His new album Dedication is out in July.
NAME: The Laurels
ORIGIN: Sydney, Australia
You know a band with great ambition when their press releases say comparing them to the Beatles, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine is lazy.
Perhaps it’s because the Laurels, who hail from Sydney’s inner west, want to blaze their own trail and not be pigeonholed - we can respect that.
With a nod to shoegaze and the psychadelic rockers that predated that genre, this four-piece has been hitting the road with likeminded acts like Tame Impala and will soon tour the country with the Black Angels outta Austin, Texas.
You can get their debut EP Mesozoic this month and you can check out their sound here.
NAME: Usurper of Modern Medicine
What do you get when you combine heavy live drums, a bass trio, psychedelic visuals, experimental vocals and visual signal processing? Usurper of Modern Medicine, that’s what.
The trio is made up of members from trendy Perth groups Injured Ninja, Mile End, Mongrel Country and Carbuncle. Their wall-of-sound is laden with hypnotic digital synchronised loops and live samples, adding up to one big aural trip.
They recently dropped their debut EP, Acid Chess, which includes almost an hour worth of four original compositions, plus four remixes from Perth-based artists.
The outfit head to Japan in July and plan on recording a follow-up when they get back. Have a listen to their hypnotic track Grill Washington Christ here.
NAME: Sonpsilo Circus
ORIGIN: Perth, Australia
We don’t know what the deal is with their name. Apparently it’s a spell spelt backwards. Whatever its origins, this outfit’s brand of sunlit, head-tossing 60s-inspired rock is getting them noticed around town.
These lads are said to have a keen interest in Indian music. If you listen hard enough, amongst the ball-tearing riffs and robust drums, you’ll hear some of the mantric rhythms and melodies.
Hot off the press is their debut release, a double single called Your Mother Built the Sky, which explores hippy-dippy themes of Mother Nature, the flow of the universe, love and the life-giving sun. We likey.
Listen to some of their stuff here.
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
Channelling jazz, soul, blatant pop beats and Nina Simone, New Zealand-born Kimbra has taken the scats out of old-school jazz and turned it into something modern.
Her voice can reach great heights and come back down to earth with such ease, proving herself to be a worthy contender for your listening time.
Settle Down and Cameo Lover are quirky, uplifting and emotional tunes that get under your skin if you let them.
She’s like Amy Winehouse without the beehive in her hair and the crazy habits. You can catch her at this year’s Parklife at the end of September.
Check out her stuff here.
NAME: Sons of Rico
If you want to get a slice of the next big thing in indie rock look no further than Sons of Rico’s catchy fusion of sweet harmonies, jangly tambourine and guitar solos.
They’re touring the country this month in support of their latest single Miss Adventure, a real ear worm.
NAME: Emma Louise
ORIGIN: Cairns, Queensland
This girl is definitely one to keep an eye on. At just 19, the Brisbane-based indie pop chanteuse has a voice as pretty as her face and a heart firmly iron-pressed on her sleeve.
No doubt you’ve already heard her captivating breakthrough single, Jungle (Listen to it here). It debuted at number one on the Australian Independent Distribution Charts ahead of the Jezebels.
NAME: Injured Ninja
Sometimes you just want to listen to ‘fuck the world’ music. That’s where avant-garde experimental rock / noise punk outfit Injured Ninja comes in.
There’s something cathartic about their fast-paced drums, searing guitars and roaring vocals. If you ever get a chance to see the quartet perform live, DO IT. These guys really pack a punch in the flesh.
Want to see what an Armageddon in Perth would be like? Check out their epic video for Fallopian Tube Screamer, the first single from their debut album, Injured Ninja vs Skylazer, here
Name: Gunnar Bjerk
Origin: New York
Gunnar Bjerk moved to the Big Apple from Arizona with dreams of becoming a studio engineer. Mission accomplished: he scored a gig with DFA, the label founded by LCD Soundsystem frontman Jame Murphy.
In this role he worked on tracks by LCD, Shit Robot and others on the label’s roster, which was great experience for the electro-pop he was soon to make himself.
These days, Bjerk is signed to DFA as an artist and enjoys all the door-opening benefits that entails. We’ll be watching this guy very closely in the years to come.
Check out his single Back Then here
NAME: Lanie Lane
Think of a female version of Muddy Waters’ Hoochie Coochie Man circa 1970, a slightly grittier Billie Holiday or a stoned Doris Day and you’ll be on the right track.
This sassy songstress is bringing retro sounds back to the present. And she’s not only channelling the style of a bygone era in her sound, Lanie Lane’s got the look to match. She recently modelled for a 1950s-inspired ‘Love Me Tender’ fashion shoot in the July issue of Marie Claire magazine.
Lanie (pronounced “Lannie”) just signed to Ivy League Records so expect to hear more of her on the airwaves and the record racks very soon.
She’s also supporting the lovely Clare Bowditch for her national tour next month. The two artists have recorded a really sweet countrified duet together. Watch it here.
Listen to Lanie Lane on MySpace
NAME: The Ghost Hotel
Country rock fans eat your hearts out because these Perthies are bringing that wide-dusty-road-with-a-tumble-weed-rolling-across-it sound back with a highly contagious, guitar-driven twist.
We hate to use the overused word “supergroup” but the outfit is comprised of members of some of Perth’s most respected bands, including Red Jezebel, Capital City, Grand Central and more.
Apparently their latest WAMi award-winning countrified treat, Juliette, was penned while a couple of the members got bored watching a very unimpressive Eagles footy match. On this occasion, we’re glad the Eagles were losing.
Check out their myspace page here
NAME: Carl Fox
ORIGIN: Perth, Western Australia
Carl Fox is making a name for himself in the indietronica stakes. The Good Little Fox lead vocalist and guitarist’s debut solo album Chunky Rainbow has been getting plenty of love too.
The twee, minimalist mix of live instrumentation and electronics is like bouncing through a pastel-coloured dreamscape.
Fittingly, the lyrics tell tales of utopian dreams, magical places, and his experiences during a year-long sabbatical in Switzerland. What’s not to like?
This delightful wunderkind is definitely one to keep an eye on.
See the clip for The Key by Carl Fox here.
Name: Boys Boys Boys!
Perth popsters Boys Boys Boys! have been a favourite of The Wire Mag office for a while now, building an enviable reputation for putting a smile on your dial every time you see them play.
You can expect more of the same with their new single Casio Joy, to be launched with a 90s-themed party at The Bakery on June 4. These guys are so darn cute you just want to take them home and give them a cuddle. Not in a weird way.
Check out the instructional video to doing the Casio Joy dance here.
Local alt-rockers Wolves have been happily soaking up the glory that comes from being a “recognised” band. They’ve got an impressive spate of international gigs in their repertoire, having opened for bands such as Gyroscope, Metric and the Mess Hall, and snapping up the opportunity to record an album with Silvia Massey, who has worked with the likes of Jonny Cash and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
They’ve just played a string of New York shows, and are now home to give us some loving. Keeping the momentum going from the launch of their latest single Children, back in March, the group support Trial Kennedy at Amps on June 3.