For the remainder of January and early Feb I am documenting some interesting Aussie artists and bands, asking them what their plans are for 2017, and what they are most looking forward to in the world of new music. This is my New Year Series.
I recently stumbled upon this Adelaide pop punk band when I heard one of their latest tracks ‘Contentious’, which comes from their 2016 self-titled EP. Even if their genre isn’t your thing, it’s hard not to be taken in by the infectious guitar intro. Before reading further, I encourage you listen to this track. I’ve conveniently embedded it below for your listening pleasure.
Bearclaw Camp is Samm Hunt (bass/vocals), Aaron Fox (drums), Harry Gieck (guitar/vocals) and Luke Collier (guitar/vocals). I spoke with Samm to find out more about what is in store for the band in 2017. “We’re another EP soon so hopefully that will come out well.” In addition to this, Bearclaw Camp supported UK band Moose Blood recently and they are hoping to support more international bands in the near future.
“[A]s for music direction, we’re just working on finding our sound a little more…while also trying out new things.”
Continuing from edition #1 of New Year Series, where I talked with Doron Losky from Lostkeyz, I’ve been asking what New Year’s resolutions artists have, or what they are hoping to improve on in 2017. Samm: “I personally don’t have any New Year’s resolutions. But as for the music direction we’re just working on finding our sound a little more, after the first EP, we were happy with how it came out but there was a few different sounding songs on there.” That’s as good a resolution/music direction plan as any, and this author and new fan (come to Melbourne, please) wishes Bearclaw Camp the best with their 2017 plans. Samm continued: “The next EP fits together a little bit more so we’re working on finding what we want to sound like while also trying out new things.”
I asked what they would be looking forward to in 2017 in terms of new music releases and tours in Australia. Samm told me, “Really looking forward to the Trophy Eyes tour and a new Knuckle Puck album.” With that, I’ll leave you with the track ‘Nose Bleed’ from those Newcastle natives Trophy Eyes. Best of luck for the year ahead, Bearclaw Camp!
For the remainder of January and early Feb I am documenting some interesting Aussie artists and asking them what their plans are for 2017, and what they are most looking forward to in the world of new music. This is my New Year Series.
Last year I was impressed by Lostkeyz when together with Kuren, who produced the track, he released the track ‘Horror Stories’. Now I am following up with the young Sydney artist to see what his plans are for 2017. And boy, is he prepared for the new year. First, for those who haven’t heard any of Doron’s music before, I’d recommend checking this one out (perhaps while you read along).
“This year has been a blast so far.”
Doron Losky (aka Lostkeyz) has started 2017 on the front foot, releasing a music video for his track ‘SLWDWN’. “[I’m] pretty happy with the response,” the Sydney artist said about the video. You can find it on his Facebook page here.
Having dropped his single ‘Arrived’ in the last month for his upcoming EP, Lostkeyz is set to release another single soon too. “The EP is looking like a 5 track self-titled collection of songs that really speak to me and hopefully inspire others.”
“There’s something really special about watching someone in their element perform and captivate a crowd.”
As part of this series, I am asking artists what their New Years Resolutions are or what they’re hoping to improve on. Doron is planning to see more live concerts on top of the already pack list he saw in 2016. “There’s something really special about watching someone in their element perform and captivate a crowd.” That’s a sentiment I highly agree with, which is why it’s also this author’s goal to see more live music this year too.
As for what this Sydney artist is looking forward to, he told me he’s on the lookout for the Chance x Childish Gambino release, a new Andre 3000 album, and a new Joey Badass project. Doron would also love to see Noname perform on our shores. “I haven’t stopped listening to Telefone since it saw light.”
With that, I will leave you with a track from Noname herself. Here’s hoping she does make it down to Australia. A special thanks to Lostkeyz for being the first in this series and all the best with your upcoming EP and 2017 as a whole!
On January 27 Lostkeyz will be supporting Melbourne artist Ryland Rose on his mini-tour at The World Bar in Sydney.
First I just want to say how big 2016 was for the Unearthed platform. Sooooooooooo0oooo many great artists – Tash Sultana is set to take the whole bloody world by storm this year, Amy Shark will top the Hottest 100 if Instagram hashtags are anything to go by, and Hannahband were doing their bit to help Burn It Down.
I want to give some honourable mentions:
Alex the Astronaut, who I found out about way too late in the game (apologies) but who is an amazing artist. ‘Already Home’ is amazing.
Lostkeyz, a young hip hop artist whose track ‘Horror Stories’ made me think there are going to big things coming from his corner in 2017.
nyck – who made the most amazing duet of the year. ‘Decision’ still gives me the chills every time.
Confidence Man, whose track ‘Boyfriend’ made me laugh so much and also made an appearance in some IKEA ads. Well done guys!
jacob – what can I say but you’re so cool
Elli Schoen, who belted out some amazing tracks like ‘Mumma’ and ‘Hard Heart’
Azura – ‘Midnight’ is absolutely superb.
Georgia Mae – ‘Time With You’ made my top ten list for the Hottest 100. (I know it wasn’t the top ten here, but that’s because I’m being cheeky and sharing the love)
The Tapes – ‘You Know It’s Real’ is great ‘un
Nussy – I love groovin’ to ‘Just Just’
I’ve probably missed out on more of my faves this year but these mentions alone show how hard it was for me to pick a top 10.
Now for my number one pick this year. She’s the wonderful, the up and coming, the Unearthed High winner who’s already been recording new music in the US and wowing concert-goers at her live shows. Yes, it’s Gretta! #TeamGretta
#1 Drive – Gretta Ray
I was instantly taken aback by this song when I heard it being played on triple j. I still remember I was sweating away at the gym and thinking, ‘Shit, this track is amazing’. Gretta Ray has gone from heights to greater heights this year. Her Elsewhere EP was released in February, then she went on to win Unearthed High, and from there recorded another stunning track ‘Unwind’. It’s a new year and don’t think anything will be stopping her rise now. All the best for 2017, Gretta! Your music is nothing short of bliss.
Time for the top three and my next pick is from a Melbourne artist who recently won an Unearthed comp to perform at the 2016 Beyond the Valley. There’s also been much love for her tracks ‘Daggers & Knives’ and ‘The Thaw’ this year. But I’m here to give my top three place to another track. That’s right, she’s Woodes and the track is…
#3 Rise – Woodes
This song never fails to captivate me. Elle Graham’s vocals take centre stage with an amazing choral support. And it’s so uplifting.
A lot as been said about the icy Melbourne artist, but clearly Woodes has a fiery side to her too. This year has seen her thaw, and out of the fire, Rise.
That’s why Woodes, and particularly her track ‘Rise’ has made my top three tracks of the year. All the best for 2017!
Already past the halfway mark and the year is nearly over. I will be revealing my #1 on New Year’s Day to kick off the hopefully successful year of [Just In] Australia. But now for my fifth pick…
#5 Flower St. – Zen Haircuts
This track had my music senses tingling and I immediately went searching for more of their stuff. Zen Haircuts will be releasing their Zen Haircuts EP in early 2017, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears clean.
Continuing to countdown the top 10 tracks of 2016, we’re moving on to Number Eight.
#8 Inside Voices – Mallrat
Mallrat’s ‘Inside Voices’ is firmly inside my top ten Unearthed tracks of 2016. The Brisbane artist has produced something undeniably relatable with this one. Who doesn’t get that sinking feeling that everyone’s politeness is just a mask for what they really think of you? Just me? Oh. Well I’ll just sit by myself in silence.