We're always on the lookout for great new sounds from across the ditch. We're thinking of starting an exchange programme, actually. This week we're focusing our eagle-eye on Aussies who rock, from polished metal-tinged anthems to roadtripping indie.
Eliza & The Delusionals: 'Salt'
Fronted by a sparky pink-locked frontwoman, Gold Coast quartet Eliza & The Delusionals' sound is equal parts punk and pop - think Haim in a dirty warehouse. Their uber-catchy single 'Salt' was recently a finalist for Song of the Year in the Gold Coast Music Awards, and you can see why; vocalist/guitarist Eliza Klatt has an effortless, Courtney Barnett-ish charm to her vocals, and hooky chorus is soaked in fuzzed-out energy.
Stateside: 'The Way We Were'
On first listen, Brisbane's Stateside are definitely gonna cop some Paramore comparisons; 'The Way We Were' is all powerhouse female lead vocals, driving drums and peppered lead guitar delays - this ain't no bad thing. Vocalist Erin Reus, who's still shy of 20 years old, can sing like the clappers, and they've nailed the soaring rock chorus. By the looks of their recent tours, the guys have been doing the hard yakka on the Australian road too, so they're probably an impressive live outfit.
Chelsea Rockwells - 'Halos'
Wearing beards that are bound to be hiding superpowers, pumped up Gold Coast trio Chelsea Rockwells aren't here to muck about. Their sound is an axe-swinging volley of riffs that tip a hat to the likes of Muse, Royal Blood and others. Typically, it's the vocalist who lets a demanding rock sound like this, but vocalist/bass player Jay Vincent hits the aesthetic spot-on with a voice that isn't contrived or trying too hard. Guitar nerds, strap in and tune out.
This track is cutting a fast swathe to the Top 10 on our office playlist at Parachute H.Q - it' s been on high rotate through summer, and when you hear it you'll know why. With 'Ghosts', Melbourne two-piece Husky nails an effortless indie swing, reminiscent of The War on Drugs or their fellow Aussies Boy & Bear. The guitars are sparkly, the vocals travel like a roadtrip. 'Husky' sounds like a time and place you want to escape to.
“‘Ghost' is about a process of coming to terms with this half asleep, half awake, somewhere between the haunted past and the sunlit possibility of tomorrow, mid-air, mid-dream state." frontman Husky Gawenda explains, "Put simply, I was searching for a way to get free. Free of the past. Free of the future. Free of myself. Whatever that means.”
San Cisco: 'Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?'
Fremantle's San Cisco have a fun, family vibe going on with their summery indie rock sound. 'Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?' is a tune which channels the natural inquisition that comes when a friendship falls apart. Their video is a highlight; capturing all the golden moments of band life in a sunlit roadtrip home movie.