Pitching themselves somewhere between Modest Mouse, The Presets and something altogether more ethereal, Hobart upstarts Tiger Choir have their eyes on your heartstrings. Coming together in 2009, these synth wizards use guitars, falsetto and drum machines to create vibrant bursts of sun-drenched pop. Perhaps triple j presenter Dom Alessio said it best when he warned us to expect “rainbows shooting from the speakers” as we listen. Paying their dues and racking up frequent flyer points by supporting the likes of Deerhunter, The Drums, Holy Fuck! and Regurgitator, the lads have just dropped a couple of choice singles in ‘Shani’ and ‘All Time’ as anticipation for their debut record goes beyond fever pitch.
A neon coated cross between chaos and Morrissey – The Wombats return to our shores with a new album, a new outlook and a new set of smarter-than-thou classics! These Liverpudlian lads, led by the golden voiced Matthew Murphy, are in rarefied air at the moment. Stone cold indie stompers like ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Divison’, ‘Jump Into The Fog’ and ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ previously saw them take the mantle as your favourite English pop band but their latest album, the stunning Glitterbug, and it’s singles ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ and ‘Greek Tragedy’ have removed the English from the equation. Just like their deceptively stealthy marsupial namesakes, The Wombats are impossible not to love.
A band born for the summer, WAVVES! Taking energy, insanity, melody and comedy, moulding them into three-minute instant hits. Initially the solo project of frontman Nathan Williams, this San Diego based outfit has evolved (not without a few chops and changes) into a four-headed machine! Focus on the tunes. Focus on ‘King of the Beach’, ‘Afraid of Heights’ and newest tune ‘Way Too Much’. That’s the sweet spot. It’s the caterwauling guitars, thrashing rhythm section and, most of all, the melodic sensibilities of head honcho Williams, that make Wavves such a powerfully chaotic proposition.
Forged in the fire set by the likes of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, Texan soul prodigy LEON BRIDGES is a performer that, at only 26 years of age is still a young man. The depth of passion, time and experience produced when he opens his mouth though, is nothing short of a wonder. Known for his old school sound and matching vintage aesthetics, Bridges first came to prominence after a chance Austin meeting with members of psych blues band White Denim. After cutting his first record, the irresistible Coming Home (the song by the same name also ranked in the Top 10 most viral tracks on Spotify), a massive record label bidding war broke out; eventually won by Columbia. From that point on there has been no stopping Bridges as he travels the globe winning hearts and minds with that unmistakable voice.
2015’s breakthrough artist JARRYD JAMES has been busy charming the country with his double-platinum hit single ‘Do You Remember’ from his forthcoming debut LP due out this September. The 12-track album will feature collaborations with talented producers like Joel Little (Lorde, Broods, Sam Smith), Malay (who was at the helm for Frank Ocean’s superb Channel Orange), Pip Norman and Matt Corby! Warm hearted and easy going, his second single ‘Give Me Something’ has already reached #1 airplay on triple j with its silky smooth, soul-tinged tones. Failing to stop there, his fresh collab with Julia Stone formed the über lush track ‘Regardless’ – all of which are perfectly positioned to kill it live on the Falls stage!
Swedish singer and rapper ELLIPHANT is a galvanising SWAT-led assault of MIA-grade political gyration and avant-garde dance. The reggae-pop maverick’s Look Like You Love It EP featured the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and more. Her second EP is a musical patchwork that’s as warm as it is wild. The intoxicating, yet intricate title track ‘One More’ got a lot of Summer love from triple j and features fellow Scandinavian native MØ. It’s no surprise that as soon Elliphant unveiled the single, it became the “#1 Most Tweeted Song on Twitter”. Equal parts crazy club girl, hip-hop gangster, R&B baller and hippie spirit, Elliphant is going bring some seriously cool vibes to Falls.
The resident troublemaker of Australian rap, SETH SENTRY was recently described as “so laid back he’s almost horizontal”. A cool cucumber he may be, but a chilled exterior hides one of the hardest touring MC’s on the circuit today. After working his way up through the Melbourne open mic scene, Sentry began to gather steam in 2009 when he released ‘The Waitress Song’ - a poignant mediation on a cheap breakfast. Since then it’s been nothing but buffets and expensive avocados for Seth, riding high on the release of his latest record Strange New Past and its typically thought provoking single ‘Hell Boy’. A recent trip to America saw him slay audiences on Jimmy Kimmel live so catch Seth Sentry here while you still can!
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
Everybody’s favourite free-form jazz, funk, rock, punk, psychedelic, folk collective – KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD hit our stage for this first time this year to send us deep within the trip. One of the most prolific bands in recently memory, King Gizz (as they are affectionately known) have released nothing short of seven records in the last four years. Count ‘em – seven! The most recent is this years Quarters, a song cycle of sorts in four even parts which features everything you’ve grown to love about these Geelong bred virtuosos – pounding grooves, flute led widgets and psych-based melodies are in steady supply. On stage they are a multi-headed, unpredictable beast; chaos will reign supreme.
GANG OF YOUTHS
Landing at #5 in the ARIA charts this year with their debut LP The Positions, GANG OF YOUTHS are playing the albums already cherished, polished stadium-indie epics like they’ve been on tour for decades. The album is dense, richly textured and sprawls through numerous realms of sound, with layers of soaring guitars, strings, glistening synths, lingering piano riffs and pockets of glitch – especially magic on tracks like ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Radioface’. Seeing them live is all pounding drums, heavy bass and walls of guitar as frontman David Le’aupepe spreads his wings and takes you along for the ride; cementing them as one of Australia’s best new bands.
Powerful, commanding, idiosyncratic, majestic; FOALS. Who knew way back in 2008 when we received our first glimpse of these unruly English guitar slingers that they’d grow to become the behemoth that we see before us today. Charting a course through small stages to huge, with spiky shards like ‘Balloons’, ‘Cassius’ and ‘My Number’ taken from their records Antidotes, Total Life Forever and the Australian #1 Holy Fire. Foals are primed for the huge impact their new album What Went Down is about to have, featuring the brutal first single of the same name (with a chaotic video clip to match). These guys show that all you need for musical magic is a will, a way and insurmountable levels of enthusiasm.
UK duo DISCLOSURE are one of this decades best acts! Squeezing the melting pot of past dance trends (predominantly bass music and house), into sleek, chart-friendly packages with their catchy, vocal-led pop style. Still riding high on the phenomenal success of their debut album Settle, a release which received soaring reviews worldwide (including a 9.1 on Pitchfork!), with sneaky bangers like ‘Latch’, ‘You & Me’ and ‘Holding On’. The dream team of Guy and Howard Lawrence will be bringing a whole new slew of ready-made classics to Australian shores again this summer in the form of Caracal, their latest album set for release this September. Like a slow-mo sprint across the Savannah – unstoppable.
One of Australia’s biggest exports of the past couple of years, COURTNEY BARNETT. Setting herself apart as one of the sharpest, most original songwriters around with a focus on unique portrayals of everyday life. Her ability to convey those mundane moments, magnifying and stretching them into dense micro-narratives is just the outer shell of her songwriting skills, best demonstrated in her debut studio album Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. Receiving massive love and critical acclaim around the world, tracks like ‘Pedestrian At Best’ are already hitting the #1 spot on pretty much every ‘Best Song of 2015’ list, including Rolling Stone! We can’t wait to welcome her home to the Falls stages this summer!
Needing no introduction but commanding maximum respect, BLOC PARTY come to us this year in the wake of a new record and a new lease on life. Last time we heard from Kele and the boys, they were spruiking 2013’s The Nextwave Sessions EP; a release that featured unstoppable single ‘Ratchet’. Since then, Mr Okereke has been busy touring his latest solo record Trick and performing at festivals the world over. There always comes a point at which we come home though and, as news filters in that we’ll soon have a record to sit next to stone cold classics such as Silent Alarm, A Weekend In The City, Intimacy and Four, we couldn’t be more excited! One of the defining bands of their generation, Bloc Party are set to deliver choruses so big, they’ll have their own gravitational pulls.
BIRDS OF TOKYO
It’s getting a bit suspicious how often BIRDS OF TOKYO are able to put together timeless, hug-your-mate-and-raise-your-glass, stadium sized moments. It’s as if they’re grass fed on the roots of every great Australian band before them, maxing out their ability to hit you exactly where you feel it. Whatever their secret may be, we’re glad they figured it out because without tunes like ‘Plans’, ‘Lanterns’, or their latest single ‘Anchor’ and any of the other various jewels in their heavy crown, we’d be left with a much drier musical climate. Led with soaring precision by everyone’s favourite jack of all trades Ian Kenny, these Perth-born lads are doing it larger than anyone out there at the moment. Long may they fly.