Ten Artists You Need To See At Bigsound 2019
Well, would you look at that. It’s almost September 2019 and that means next week is Bigsound. While the fact that three quarters of the year has already flown by is somewhat frightening, the thought of Spring and Bigsound on the horizon is quite the opposite. Next week, people from all over the country will flock to Brisbane to cast their eyes and ears on some of the most exciting sounds in Australian music. While every artist is on the line up for very good reason, here’s a few that you simply cannot miss.
This is possibly the band we are most excited to see. Hailing from Numbulwar, a remote community on the Gulf Of Carpentaria, Mambali deliver soulful Indigenous soundscapes, sung in their native tongue and topped off with next level groove.
Melbourne post-punk outfit Pinch Points have been making some serious noise in 2019. Their fast-paced, frantic instrumentals are complimented by their overtly Australian vocals. It’s tight, powerful rock that’s about to skyrocket far beyond our shores.
Newcastle’s Matilda Murphy aka FRITZ shines bright with her sunny pop-rock. A self-confessed Alvvays fanatic, she channels those same dreamy, feel-good fuzz vibes, but manages to make it totally her own. Please don’t miss out on this one, she’s guaranteed to improve your mood. Especially since it’s meant to be hitting late twenties on the weather front, the ideal FRITZ (or Spritz) weather.
Time to get joyous and be struck by the Gordon Koang charm. Originally from South Sudan, he and his cousin Paul Biel deliver upbeat tracks built on infectious percussion and rhythmic flair. Lyrically it also offers an important perspective on the realities of seeking asylum in Australia – powerful proof that things are much better when we come together.
Sydney punks City Rose make dark twisted rock that haunts as much as it intrigues. The intense vocals almost unravel as poetry and the fuzz-fuelled instrumentals leave no room for rest. It’s relentless, hard-hitting and best served live.
SAVAGE THE GIRL
Melbourne artist and producer Maddy Niosi aka Savage The Girl has got to be one of the next big names in Aussie hip hop. Her breezy laidback vocals will win you over immediately. Drifting above the smoothest of beats, it’s the lo-fi hit you’ll need after running around all day. A must see.
USA-born and Sydney-based, Ainsley Farrell has some of the most precious vintage vocals about town. Although stunning, her tracks are often delivered with an undertone of gritty guitar – only adding to her exceptional and real songwriting ability.
Wollongong producer Stevan is creating some of the smoothest tunes to hit the airwaves in 2019. He’s landed himself in a very sweet spot sound wise - combining lo-fi rock and bluesy-pop, it’s a dreamy outcome that’s heavy on the DIY charm. Get ready to drift away to the ease of it all.
Sydney rockers 100 know how to rustle up a tight rock show. The quartet play dynamic post-punk that’s largely powered by charging bass lines and gritty guitars. There’s a slacker element at play too – plenty of opportunity to get lost in the lengthy instrumentals. Definitely a live show you don’t want to miss.
New Zealand trio Mermaidens create experimental rock that sits comfortably somewhere between blues and punk. It’s soulful, melodic and refreshingly unique. The powerful vocals are completely mesmerising, while the beautifully-layered instrumentals constantly twist and turn – persistently building with tenacity. Yes please.
If you’re headed up and around on Friday, join us for our Unofficial Day Party at Black Bear Lodge from 1pm - 5pm. We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Dinosaur City Records and Yonder to bring you the below: