The Australian music scene has given the world many great rock bands throughout the years.
From AC/DC, The Easybeats and Rose Tattoo, to The Vines, JET and Silverchair, the land down under has bred many rock bands of different styles. Today Australia’s music scene has never been so inspired. Today we give you the top 10 new rock and heavy metal bands from Australia.
Bad//Dreems hail from South Australia and really capture the feeling of the country in their music. Guitar lines soaked in chorus and a noticeably Australian growl is what characterises Bad//Dreems. There first and only album to date, Dogs At Bay, was released in 2015.
For fans of The Saints and The Replacements
DMA’s come from Australia’s most well known city, Sydney. Despite this they sport a somewhat British sound in their music, taking a lot of influence from Britpop. Their first and only album to date, Hills End, was released last year.
For fans of Oasis and Blur
Kingswood come from, arguably, Australia's cultural epicentre, Melbourne. Originally taking inspiration from bands like Australian heavyweights AC/DC, their new record has taken on more of a soul vibe. The band’s first album, Microscopic Wars, was released in 2014 and contained many hard rock rock anthems. Their second album, After Hours, Close To Dawn, while showcasing more of a soul sound, is still rock ’n’ roll and released this year.
For fans of AC/DC and Guns N' Roses
7. Royal Headache
Sydney’s Royal Headache are a pure punk band through and through. Fast, high energy power chord songs and shouting vocals permeate this band’s sound. Despite the hardcore aspect of Royal Headache, they still present melodies that stay stuck in your head for days, and that’s what puts them above other Australian punk bands. Their self-titled debut was released in 2012 and their sophomore effort, High, in 2015.
For fans of The Buzzcocks and The Ramones
6. Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers have become on of the most well-loved bands in Australia. Maybe not as heavy as the other groups on this list, but well worth a listen all the same. Formed in Sydney, Sticky Fingers’ style comes from a mix of accessible rock, reggae beats and psychedelic sounds. The band’s first album, Caress Your Soul, was released in 2013, their second, Land Of Pleasure, was released in 2014, and their latest album Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) was released in 2016. Despite being plagued with internal issues, Sticky Fingers never fail to pump out good tunes.
For fans of Oasis and The Clash
5. Dune Rats
Dune Rats from Brisbane are Australia’s premier slacker punk rockers. With tongue always firmly in cheek, Dune Rats are known for singing songs about drugs, partying and skipping school over fast power chords and raucous choruses. They became infamous for the music video for “Red Light, Green Light”, which showed them going bong for bong with one another, a parody of fellow Australian band, DZ Deathrays. Dune Rats’ self titled debut album came out in 2014 with their sophomore effort, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, released earlier this year.
For fans of The Ramones and Blink-182
4. Holy Serpent
By far the heaviest band on this list, Melbourne’s Holy Serpent are the Australian kings of doom metal. They’re part of the Riding Easy Records family which also includes stoner and doom metal groups such as Salem’s Pot, Old Man’s Will and Brant Bjork. Holy Serpent’s sound is made up of crushing riffs played in slow motion while a soaring voice flies overhead. Their first and only album to date, Temples, was released in 2016.
For fans of Electric Wizard and Black Sabbath
3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, hailing from Melbourne, are Australia’s most prolific band. Full of psych sounds and funky grooves, the seven-piece have released nine albums since 2012, with three more albums planned for release this year. Their breakthrough album, 2013’s I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, saw the psych rockers record as if they were playing one massive song. Their latest album, Microtonal Flying Banana, released this year saw the band using modified instruments to achieve microtones, that is, any musical interval smaller than a semitone.
For fans of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Tame Impala
2. The Delta Riggs
The Delta Riggs originally came from Queensland before moving to Melbourne. Their sound is hard to pin down because each of their three albums contains a different style. Their 2013 debut, HEX.LOVER.KILLER, saw them take on blues inspired hard rock with lively drums and shredding guitar riffs. Their 2014 sophomore effort, Dipz Zebazios, saw The Delta Riggs take on more complex arrangements and psychedelic sounds. Their latest effort, Active Galactic, released in 2016, saw the band take on a massive funk influence, pumping out groove based jams.
For fans of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones
1. Violent Soho
Forming in Mansfield, Queensland, Violent Soho have become one of Australia’s most loved live acts. Growing up in a religious community, the band have rebelled using their punk and grunge influences to create three almost flawless records. Signed to Thurston Moore’s (Sonic Youth) record label, the band’s 2010 debut, Violent Soho, was pure revival of the grunge music the band grew up on. Violent Soho’s sophomore (and arguably best) effort, 2013’s Hungry Ghost, saw the band take their grunge sound to the next level, finding a perfect a balance between their angsty nineties influences and their tongue-in-cheek punk ones. The band’s latest album, WACO, released in 2016, saw the band expand to a more polished sound, although still keeping the raw energy of their previous releases.
For fans of Nirvana and Blink-182
What are some of your favourite Australian rock bands? Let us know in the comments!
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