Mella Bunker is Blank’s music coordinator as well as station manager for Gold Coast independent online radio station Rabbit Radio. She loves music, and she loves uncovering new, quirky, local (and not so local) artists that push boundaries or drive ears mad with pleasure.
This will be the second time Mella’s attended BIGSOUND. The first year was somewhat overwhelming, so this year she says “I will be prepared.” LOL. The only way you can plan your time at Australia’s biggest music conference is to expect the unexpected.
We did make Mella trawl through the lineup though, just to let us know the five bands we absolutely mustn’t miss.
SCENIC | Joining the Future Class roster in 2011, in their teens by the way, Perth four piece Scenic released Another Sky, a dreamy collection of cosmic electronic pop, featuring a disco edit from remixer du jour The Magician. Scenic have since toured nationally with Laneway Festival in 2014, sharing the stage with Four Tet, Jamie XX, Earl Sweatshirt, Mount Kimbie, Jagwar Ma, Cashmere Cat and XXYYXX.
Listen to Scenic | Ride the Thrill
SPOOKYLAND | Spookyland is a Sydney four-piece. Their debut EP Rock and Roll Weakling deftly avoids a single label – velveteen guitar, dusty Americana and an unforgettable holler seamlessly intertwine in moments of vocal tension and instrumental release. Melancholic harmonica bounces off guitar reverb to build tension that is only escalated by the brazen vocals of the 22-year old. Marcus Gordon’s enigmatic stylings come to life in his poignant live delivery with four-piece band.
Listen to Spookyland
REMI | 23-year-old Melbourne artist REMI is one of the fastest rising hip-hop acts in Australia, quickly gaining the attention of international taste-makers. His new album RAW X INFINITY was released in June to critical acclaim both locally and abroad. In 2013 REMI (pictured) racked-up a bunch of impressive awards, including the triple j Unearthed Artist of the year.
Listen to Remi:
MATHAS | Mathas has been a local secret in Perth, Western Australia for many years, however the release of his song Nourishment (ft: Abbe May) in late 2013 has really made the rest of the country stand up and take notice. It was named in triple j Home & Hosed’s Top Ten Tracks of 2013 and was the first and only hip-hop song to take out the Grand Prize of the WAM Song of the Year Competition. Mathas has also been named in triple j’s Next Crop 20 artists to watch in 2014.
Listen to Mathas:
OKENYO | The first single from Okenyo is Broken Chest – about the power that can come from vulnerability and the long journey back to regaining individual strength. “Every once in a while, a new musician comes along that makes us hold our breath, grab the sides of the monitor and hope to sweet baby Jesus that he or she becomes a huge hit” (Yen Magazine). This is the case for Aussie artist Okenyo.
Listen to Okenyo: