8 Emerging Laneway Acts To Wrap Your Ears Around
Heading down to St Jerome’s Laneway Festival this weekend and, aside from the headliners, aren’t sure which acts to check out? AAA Backstage has got you covered with a list of eight bands appearing at this year’s Laneway Festival that you might not have heard yet.
Winners of Brisbane’s triple j Unearthed Laneway competition, this three-piece croon their way through indie-rock ballads and it sounds great. Their second single Transparency finds an incredible balance between running guitar, bass, drums and vocalist Ryan King’s dreamy falsetto. Yeah, dreamy!
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Melbourne electronic-pop artist Banoffee has been turning heads since the release of her second EP ‘Do I Make You Nervous?’. She blends bouncy beats and soothing synths with her mesmerizing vocals, painting a picture that’s impossible to ignore. She’s even got the attention of electro-pop queen Lorde after the world-wide sensation tweeted out Banoffee’s song With Her.
The Goon Sax
Forming in 2013, The Goon Sax are finally starting to generate some traction after smashing their 2015 BIGSOUND set outta the park before releasing their debut single Accidentally to much acclaim. Sounding like a modern take on The Smiths with an Australian spin, the trio combine simple vocals with bopping indie-pop instrumentals to create easy listening tunes.
Dishing up quality servings of lo-fi indie-rock throughout this year’s Laneway will be Blank Realm. The quartet have found an international audience with their hit Falling Down the Stairs, in which they really sound like something right out of the 70’s.
Sydney grunge rockers Royal Headache will be gracing the Laneway stages throughout the festival this year, bringing their positive take on a genre usually weighted with negativity. Their single Carolina is a rising anthem packed with good feels. Check out their music video, if only for the Midnight Oil-like dancing!
If you’re looking for your dose of hardcore at Laneway, High Tension won’t let you down. The Melbourne outfit will be delivering their take on distortion drenched guitars and head banging drums. Their song High Risk, High Reward sees vocalist Karina Utomo diving her way through piercing screams to in-your-face clean vocals, it’s pure killer.
The Melbourne duo released their debut EP ‘TQ’ in October last year, and have been basking in the glow of positive reviews since. Their latest single All Night is a slow burning track with subtle bass, melancholic vocals, and shimmering instrumentation – its a song that’ll have you step-clicking all through Laneway. And uh… dancing cowboys.
Ali Barter’s journey in the music industry is a truly interesting one. She independently recording her debut EP ‘Trip’ in 2012 then crowdfunding her debut album in 2013. She launched her way into 2016 with single Far Away, a guitar heavy track with soaring vocals that catch you in the chorus and don’t let go. While we wait for a music video, here is her absolute tune from 2015 Hypercolour.
ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL
FRI 5 FEB
Harts Mill | Adelaide
SAT 6 FEB
Showgrounds | Brisbane
SUN 7 FEB
Sydney College Of The Arts | Sydney
SAT 13 FEB
Footscray Community Arts Centre | Melbourne
SUN 14 FEB
Esplanade Reserve | Fremantle
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