5 Aussie Bands Making Us Proud Overseas
It’s not easy making it big overseas. First you’ve got to find your sound, sort your bandmates, land an epic record deal and then hope the rest of the world loves your music just as much as your mum says she does.
Luckily, Australians are pretty darn great at supporting the underdog and skyrocketing them to success.
Just take our mates at VB. This year, they searched high and low and gave three of the country's hardest working bands the chance of a lifetime, to play alongside Aussie rock faves Alex Lahey, Waax, Raave Tapes and Tired Lion on an epic tour up the east coast of Australia.
After surviving the shortlist and racking up plenty of public votes, the winners of the VB Hard Yards comp were Melbourne three-piece Claws and Organs, Brissy punk rock girls Being Jane Lane, and newcomers Paper Thin.
Check out all the shenanigans from the VB Hard Yards tour below:
These guys are absolutely killing it, and have some pretty great sources of inspo across the pond as well. Here are six more Aussie acts who have reached heights most of us only dream of. With hard work, a bit of luck and all the creativity in the world, here is proof that Australia is brimming with incredible musical talent.
Tame Impala began in 2007 as a humble home-recording project for Perth-based musical genius Kevin Parker and has since gone on to become one of the most in-demand groups in the world.
Kevin and his touring band have taken their psychedelic rock to sold-out shows all over the world, collaborated with the likes of Travis Scott, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga, and won multiple awards including a Grammy nomination for their 2015 record Currents.
In less than a decade, Sydney-born, Tasmanian-raised singer songwriter Courtney Barnett has gone from performing her witty, deadpan style of rock in grungy garage bands to playing stages all over the world.
Courtney’s 2015 album ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ was a major turning point in her career. The album, featuring head bangers like ‘Pedestrian At Best,’ ‘Dead Fox,’ and the hilariously-titled ‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party,’ was met with critical acclaim in the US and UK, earning her impressive record sales, and performances on Ellen, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien.
Since then, Courtney has collaborated with American indie rock singer Kurt Vile on the record ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ and landed herself back in the limelight with her 2018 album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel.’ We can't wait to see what happens for her next.
Gang Of Youths
Gang Of Youths formed in 2012 after joining forces at Sydney’s Hillsong church.
The band’s powerful indie rock tracks, including ‘Magnolia,’ ‘The Heart Is A Muscle,’ and ‘Let Me Down Easy,’ have earned Gang Of Youths festival slots from Byron’s Splendour In The Grass to Texas’ SXSW, as well as countless ARIA nominations and a US TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Gang Of Youths have just graced the stage at the first ever MTV Unplugged Australia, and are about to kick off their international Say Yes To Life tour.
Tash Sultana’s journey to the top is the stuff of daydreams. The multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter has gone from busking the streets of Melbourne to playing sold-out world tours. Did we mention she’s only 23 years old?
In 2016, Tash uploaded a performance of her hit ‘Jungle’ to YouTube which garnered one million views in five days. The video has since attracted 26 MILLION views, and was the catalyst of her global success. Next came her EP ‘Notion’ which sparked a world tour including hundreds of shows from Europe to the UK.
Following the incredible success of ‘Notion,’ Tash released singles ‘Murder to the Mind’ and ‘Mystik’, made her US TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers and earned four nominations at the 2017 ARIA Awards.
Fun fact: Tash is half-Maltese and can play 20 instruments including guitar, bass, trumpet, flute, percussion and a saxophone. No wonder she’s referred to as a ‘one woman band.’
If you bumped into the DMAs at the pub, you probably wouldn’t get the vibe that they were absolutely killing on an international scale.
The down-to-earth three-piece, made up of Matt Mason, Tommy O’Dell and Johnny Took, was formed in Sydney in 2012 and skyrocketed to popularity after their track ‘Delete’ hit the radio.
DMAs are often likened to Britpop band Oasis, but have carefully crafted their own brand of catchy indie rock. Songs like ‘Play It Out’ and their iconic cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’ are designed as singalongs, much to festivalgoers delight both here and overseas. Unsurprisingly, DMAs now have a massive following in the UK, but continue to please their loyal fan base in Oz with regular homecoming tours including the next MTV Unplugged.