Staff Top 10
Top Ten Australian Artists You Need To Hear Now

By: Clem Bastow

Posted 04/22/2005 - 08:03:47 AM by shinnery_shiny:
 Yay Clem I feel so proud to see Aussie bands on this international website! I have to agree, Dallas Crane certainly are amazing live, and Bird Blobs are great also. I myself would have to name Snowman and New Buffalo as other great examples of Australian music.
Posted 04/22/2005 - 12:44:28 PM by cwperry:
 My favorite Australian band has to be The Apartments. They haven't done anything in 7 years, but "A Life Full of Farewells" (1995) is a phenomenal record that I'd describe as a much warmer and human version of The Blue Nile.
Posted 04/22/2005 - 12:47:24 PM by Noel_Diddy:
 I know they've already 'broke' but since we're making a list . . .Augie March!
Posted 04/22/2005 - 05:16:48 PM by ectocooler:
 "a while back they played a 9/11 aniversary gig dressed, in fridge boxes, as the Twin Towers—where they proceeded to throw paper planes at each other." LOLOLOLROLFROLFROLF
Posted 04/24/2005 - 09:53:03 PM by mpatton:
 Come on now, you cannot seriously think that Dallas Crane song is any good?
Posted 04/25/2005 - 08:10:33 AM by clem_bastow:
 Seriously, mpatton, what do you think?
Posted 04/25/2005 - 08:59:10 AM by grw123:
 Rubbish. The only Australian artists at the moment worth any interest are Architecture In Helsinki and Qua. As a friend and I were discussing the other day - Wolfmother are most definately "the enemy". Or more accurately, those journalists who champion them are the enemy. The thing I don't get about you, Clem is that you claim, as you keep reminding us all, to hate Jet. Which is great, there's nothing better than hating Jet, but all the other bands you like are rubbish for the exact same reason that Jet are rubbish - pathetic-regressive-masculine-rock. Dallas Crane are in the same boat. Can we please move into the 21st century? Even the 90s would be nice.
Posted 04/25/2005 - 12:11:33 PM by mpatton:
 grw123 articulated my thoughts on that Dallas Crane song. I am not sure what separates them from Jet. In other words, both sound highly derivative. But, I shouldn't judge them on one song, I'm sure. Nevertheless, I had never heard of them before and my initial reaction to "Wrong Party" was boredom.
Posted 04/25/2005 - 01:04:21 PM by bludmassaker:
Posted 04/26/2005 - 07:05:49 PM by Utica5:
 maybe past their prime, so truly doesn't belong on a current list (or a list of obscure artists, for that matter). but if we're talking australian bands, i'm pretty surprised no one's mentioned dirty three yet.
Posted 04/26/2005 - 08:48:15 PM by clem_bastow:
 "The only Australian artists at the moment worth any interest are Architecture In Helsinki and Qua" - You see, I couldn't think of any two Aus artists I dislike more. This is all part of the wonderful things we call "opinion", "democracy" and "personal taste". I draw your attention from this line in the intro paras: "I thought I'd share with you ten local artists I think should rightly go bananas overseas". You have a different ten? Good for you - I'd be surprised if you didn't - this is just my personal picks. You don't have to agree with me - but you don't have to attack me for them, either.
Posted 04/27/2005 - 05:33:00 AM by grw123:
 "Democracy"? Hilarious! Part of "democracy" involves challenging those in a position of authority. By virtue of you being a music critic you set yourself up as an authority on music. I'm challenging your opinions in the spirit of "democracy". All bands, by the music they make and their lyrics (and even appearance), represent a certain mindset and attitude, which can be interpreted on a socio-political level (ie: regressive riffs = regressive policies). Wolfmother are the John Howard of music (Australia's ultra-conservative Prime Minister, for all non-Australians reading). With this in mind, Clem, I have to admit to finding your taste in music truly abhorrent. Your distain for Qua is pretty much "checkmate" for me. Qua's music is consistent with the ideology of such labels as Warp and FatCat, and is as good as anything released on those labels. As for Architecture In Helsinki, you can read my "opinion" on their new album for yourself:
Posted 04/27/2005 - 06:44:34 PM by clem_bastow:
 Wolfmother = John Howard?! Now I've heard it all! Thanks for the laugh o' the day, matey. Ho, ho, ho.
Posted 04/27/2005 - 07:12:56 PM by grw123:
 What's the difference between Wolfmother yearning for the 70s and John Howard yearning for the 50s? Backwards is backwards. You only think it's laughable because you buy into the whole "Rock 'n' Roll is rebellion" mythology. Wolfmother are about as rebellious and radical as John and Janette's Tuesday nights.
Posted 04/28/2005 - 01:37:56 AM by clem_bastow:
 Well I'd say the same thing about AiH. Faux-naivety wrapped in a cardigan from Dangerfield; tries for innocent and just comes out infantile. So you don't like rock'n'roll, good for you! I don't particularly get jazzed about a bunch of people who should know better getting off on pretending to be 'simple' and decorating their stages with hobby paper and string. I never said Wolfmother were "rebellious", but I'd sure as hell rather listen to them than something that sounds like Jonathon Richman and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra's soggy thirds.
Posted 04/28/2005 - 09:16:31 PM by grw123:
 Well, firstly, I can assure you the AIH would definately not buy their cardigans from Dangerfield. They would be pure charity shop. While AIH may not be "rebellious" in the traditional sense of the term, they are subversive. They're a threat to the masculinity of rockists like yourself. "Rock" (as the attitudes that stem from "rock"), like political conservatism, is the status quo in this country. There is a definite need for bands like AIH to exist in order to challenge that thinking. Furthermore, you're somewhat off the mark with Jonathon Richman (Belle and Sebastian would have been more appropriate), and what in the name of Jet are "soggy thirds"?
Posted 04/28/2005 - 11:18:44 PM by clem_bastow:
 Oh yes, I forgot, AiH are real, maaaaan. "The masculinity of rockists like myself"? Are you another one of those people who thinks I'm a man, or are you making the witty repartee? AiH are about as subversive as fourth-season Secret Life Of Us.
Posted 04/28/2005 - 11:47:24 PM by saucy_jack:
 "Part of "democracy" involves challenging those in a position of authority" first stylus, then the world, huh? the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as they say. "Well, firstly, I can assure you the AIH would definately not buy their cardigans from Dangerfield. They would be pure charity shop." ooooh! AiH are sooooo indie! *swoon*. so dressing in a jacket that someone's grandma died in instantly increases your indie cred? and that musical worth is in some way linked to where you buy your clothes from? is that what you're telling us here? "While AIH may not be "rebellious" in the traditional sense of the term, they are subversive" i can't work out if you're serious right now. but that's probably because i have tears in my eyes from laughing too much.
Posted 05/04/2005 - 04:37:14 AM by mattsea:
 oh ok I thought this was the top ten AUSTRALIAN artists as opposed to the top ten melbournewithabitofsydney artists. Like the first guy said, Snowman pretty much piss all over ever band on your list. I guess we'll just have to wait a few months until they completely penetrate your Vic-centric view of Australian music
Posted 05/05/2005 - 01:24:59 AM by clem_bastow:
 Well, mattsea, unlike you, I don't really care where any of them come from. And, er, what "first guy"?
Posted 05/05/2005 - 08:50:04 PM by mattsea:
 first guy = shinnery_shiny ie. the first guy to post a comment in response to your little list. anyway, have you seen snowman? you probably should.
Posted 12/10/2005 - 04:15:33 PM by anonymous:
 Doesn't Wolfmother sound like Mammoth Volume?