Originally posted on Music Insight:
Tired of listening to the same old songs on your iTunes library or Spotify playlist? We get you. That’s why we’ve put together a list of fresh Australian talents you might not be familiar with, but who definitely deserve a place in your music collection.
6. Bad Pony
This five-man indie rock sensation has been around since 2012, collecting awards like RAW Musicians of the Year in 2013 and hitting up Australian Music Week in Sydney just last year. The group’s debut EP Limbo was released late 2015, with fan favourites Michael Moore and White Russian featuring on the record.
Fronted by Jarred Young, the band has since served up new track Zombie – less than a month after wrapping up their 16 date Limbo EP tour. Produced by their very own Cron Van Niekerk, the new single is a raw and dark manifestation, reflecting on love, blame and the acceptance of guilt, but still maintains an impassioned melody that is uniquely Bad Pony.
If we’ve piqued your interest, you can catch Bad Pony live during their mini east coast tour. For more details check out their Facebook page.
5. Demi Louise
22 year-old singer-songwriter Demi Louise decided to begin her music career travelling the globe, growing her fanbase organically as she played live shows. Originally from Ballarat in Victoria, the pop-folk musician has charmed audiences around the world with her rich vocals and sincere lyrics. The songstress has opened for the likes of Kodaline, Gabrielle Aplin and recently come off Joshua Radin’s Australian tour.
She released her first EP Songs from My Bedroom in 2013, impressing fans with her unique brand of folk-inspired pop songs. The acoustic compilation showed a maturity and confidence well beyond her years. Fast forward to now and Demi Louise has popular track Ruins under her belt and will be releasing much awaited music in 2016. Track like Taxi Driver, which will be available on February 26.
Demi Louise will be doing a mini tour in Australia in February along with a second appearance at SXSW festival in Texas on March 15.
4. Jenny Broke The Window
Originating from South Coast NSW, brothers Sam and Matt Lathlean have been writing lyrics together for the past 20 years. It’s this fondness for simple and honest songwriting that drew other members Matt McCaffery and Joel Van Gastel to their side.
The band has taken the last two years to work on their artistic material, delivering hit after hit. After releasing their self-titled EP three years ago, tracks Rum ‘n’ Cola and Black Skeleton, were given high praise from fans and critics alike. The boys have even gone on to play several supporting shows including an east coast tour with Scottish rockers The Fratellis.
The indie rockers’ latest single Skinny Dip has a care-free, heavy grooving pop sound reminiscent of American group The Drums. Its catchy as hell melody is a refreshing burst of energy, that will have you feeling ecstatic for the remainder of summer. There’s no doubt the four-piece outfit’s forthcoming EP will be one to keep an eye out for.
3. Ella Fence
Beginning her music career in 2013, this singer-songwriter and performer is paving her own way in what she calls the ‘cinematic folk’ genre. Think classic Hollywood – black and white cinematography meets a Gin Wigmore-esque sound.
Ella Fence has spent the last 18 months focusing on perfecting and crafting her music and with the release of her debut single Unknown Water in 2015, she was ready for the world to hear what she had to say. The track was quickly followed by her debut EP Wanderlust, which was recorded with the help of Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M, The Posies) in Paris.
Having started the new year playing gigs in the UK, Ella Fence is back on home soil ready to play for Aussie crowds once more. For details about her upcoming tour check out her Facebook page.
2. Bears With Guns
Founded in May 2010, this five-piece indie rock group has two EPs already under their belts – Taken for a Fool (2012) and Only The Quick and Hungry (2013), both of which gained them a pretty impressive following. The Bears’ formed after sharing a house for 12 months to focus on their music – their sound is a one of a kind fusion of delicate acoustic ballads, jovial rhythms and roaring guitar solos.
The band likes to keep busy, which is why they have been fortunate enough to take their show on the road across Australia and abroad, touring with the likes of The Delta Riggs and Stonefield. In the past The Bears’ have played New Zealand’s Rhythm and Vines music festival and made a guest appearance on the 100% Pure New Zealand campaign. Their latest single, The Deep End, produced by LA-based Al Clay (Blur, P!nk, Stereophonics) is a buoyant and triumphant indie pop anthem that explores love and the hardships that sometimes come with it. Check out their Facebook page for more of their stuff.
1. Ed Wells
After spending most of 2014 building a name for himself in the UK, singer-songwriter Ed Wells has come back to Australia like a conquering king. The alternative-folk musician toured the country in 2015, releasing single Sparrow and Seed in the process – which was later followed by an EP of the same title.
With musical influences like Jeff Buckley, Matt Corby and Vance Joy, the 22 year-old from Sydney combines dark, powerful vocals with proficient piano skills and sophisticated songwriting abilities. His new track Snow is a brooding and captivating piece, led by Wells’ effortless vocals that could melt butter. Equally as enthralling is the video released to support the single, depicting Wells trekking through stunning landscapes before ascending a snowy mountain. Hit up Wells’ Facebook page for more.