OUR TOP PICKS FOR BIGSOUND 2018
Bigsound is Australia's biggest music festival and conference. Starting all the way back in 2002, the Brisbane based festival continues to champion up and coming artists and in past years has brought attention to such big names as Flume, Courtney Barnett, Remi, Gang Of Youths, A.B. Original and more big acts than you could shake a stick out.
Taking place between September 4-7, there are days worth of live music to devour, so we thought we'd lend a helping hand by rattling off some of our must-see talents:
With a heavy folk reckoning and a voice that channels the likes of Fleet Foxes and other folk powerhouses, Didirri is seeing more than a handful of successes at the present moment. His debut Measurements EP is tender and passionate that'll lead him to even bigger things.
Silky vocal melodies chopped and screwed over electronic pop madness, Kota Banks' has hit a bullseye for electro-pop perfection. Infectious hooks and choruses only set to accentuate the young artists upward climb.
Eilish Gilligan has a remarkable work ethic. Combining a soaringly honest voice backed by intricate synthpop melodies she could very well be on her way to superstardom - with her track S.M.F.Y. getting heavy Triple J rotation, it's no wonder she's blowing up.
Fresh off the release of The Naughty Corner EP, Triple One seamlessly combines rapid-fire flows, infectious choruses and exceptional beats and production that lends them a certain mainstream appeal without compromising on what makes then unique.
Potentially the next big thing in deathcore, Gravemind have already made waves with the release of their recent The Deathgate EP in 2017. Combining guttural screams, pounding riffs and relentless drum-kicks, they might very well give genre titans like Thy Art Is Murder a run for their money.
Winner of 2018's Unearthed High comp, KIAN is shaping up to be one of the genre's most young and promising artists. The year 10 (!) singer holds such artists as Miguel and Frank Ocean in high regard and channels his own sound through an impressively flexible voice.
Steady on the grind for a few years now, Melbourne's own RAT!hammock play a delightful blend of summery indie rock that's authentic and sincere and sure to appeal to fans of the genre. It's unquestionable that they'll be seeing bright things in their future.
Perhaps the best impression of blue-collar Aussie tradies, The Chats have their sound completely nailed in such a short space of time and are bound to have everyone in the crowd yelling; "I'M ON SMOKO - SO LEAVE ME ALONE".
Off the back of their debut full-length St. Leonards, Slowly Slowly craft an instantly likable blend of alternative punk rock songs and infectious pop-punk vocal melodies, making them bound for huge things.
Sisters Lily and Grace Richardson command huge choruses and stellar vocal performances to craft songs that sound massive without compromising on their signature sonic catchiness.
While we've written about Total Pace before, there honestly isn't a whole lot about them to tell you. A supergroup comprised of members of Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, Tape/Off and I Heart Hiroshima, it stands to reason that's a pretty solid recipe for hard-hitting rock.