Sounds From Down Under: Five Australian Bands You Should Know
In between the koala bears and kangaroos, some killer bands are just waiting to be discovered down under. Australia is a hotbed for musical talent across every genre. Artists like psychedelic rockers, Tame Impala, electro-pop duo Cut Copy and country superstar, Keith Urban are all born-and-bred Aussies. Wonder what's going on in Oz's music scene? Check out our list of Five Australian Bands You Should Know.
1. Atlas Genius
Atlas Genius is an indie rock band hailing from Adelaide, South Australia. The duo consists of key vocalist and guitarist, Keith Jeffery and his hyper-talented brother, Michael Jeffery on drums. What started off as a passion that helped pay the bills--they'd cover songs by The Police, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at local pubs for cash--soon turned into the career of their dreams. After releasing their debut single, “Trojans” in May of 2011 MTV aired the video and the song hit Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart at number 4. The group is now signed to Warner Bros. Records and released their debut EP, Through The Glass on June 2012.
Stream their single “Symptoms” on YouTube and catch them touring in the US this summer.
2. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly is a rapper from Sydney, Australia. She left home to pursue her music career in Miami on a short-term US visa and hit it big when her self-made YouTube videos went viral. The release of her debut mixtape, Ignorant Art, landed her a spot on XXL's '12 Freshman Class list. She's a bit of an anomaly, rapping verses that reference her love of Tupac and carrying herself like a runway model at the same damn time. Technically--she really is a model now that she's signed to Wilhelmina's Talent Modeling agency. In 2013 Azalea was named the face of Levi's jeans. She paired up with Diplo to produce her second mixtape TrapGold and is expected to drop her debut album The New Classic in September 2013. In the mean time, word on the street is that the young hip-hop artist is spending some time in London.
Bad//Dreems are a new band from Adelaide who're on the road to hitting it big. Known for their raw and powerful grunge rock, they've garnered comparisons to Nirvana. It's a lofty compliment for an emerging band, and the world should get prepared for what they're soon bringing our way.
Watch their latest video "Hoping For," on YouTube and stay tuned for tour updates.
4. Rat & Co
Hailing from Melbourne, Rat & Co is the musical brainchild of Joshua Delaney. Quickly gaining momentum in both the US and Europe alike, Rat & Co's draw is their melodic and delicate collision of electro and hip-hop. Influenced by Los Angeles' electronic scene, what started as a one man band soon turned into a group of four. John Waller heads up lead guitar, while Nick Park holds it down on the drums, Kala McCarty-Smith supports on guitar and Joshua heads the group as lead vocalist.Check out "Now You're Dreaming," on YouTube.
5. The Rubens
The Rubens are a four-piece alternative rock band straight out of Menangle, New South Wales. Comprised of three siblings with an uncanny chemistry The Rubens are Zaac, Sam and Elliot as well as a childhood friend Scott Baldwin. They grew up playing music together all the time, giving them a more seasoned vibe than most up-and-coming bands. It also doesn’t hurt to have the help of David Kahne, who produced for Paul McCartney, The Strokes, and Regina Spektor, to name a few. Kahne produced their single “Lay It Down." Their debut self-titled album gained The Rubens domestic success, the album reaching the number three slot on the ARIA Charts and is nominated for a J Award. It seems like the sky's the limit for this mostly-in-the-family quartet. Catch them on tour in the US with Grouplove this summer.