Aussie/Kiwi Guitar Pop- The scenes that just keep giving and giving

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I couldn’t find a thread entirely devoted to this region, so I decided that there sure as shit needs to be one! I am continually amazed by the endless stream of rad guitar pop/indie rock coming out of the Antipodes. Melbourne is the much lauded epicenter of the “scene”, but I’ve been discovering great stuff from all corners of both countries- released on major indies all the way down to bandcamp level cassette labels. These bands are variously indebted to Flying Nun, The Go-Betweens, C86, Pavement, & the Velvet Underground- but there is something undeniably singular about the Aussie/Kiwi sound- smart, shimmering, catchy as hell guitar-pop music.

Many of these bands share members and you can be sure to find at least one solid side-project or spinoff from just about every band you discover. Some of my faves are Dick Diver, Twerps, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (sooooooo good), The Stevens, Boomgates, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Chook Race, Courtney Barnett, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Ghost Wave, Surf City, Salad Boys, Terror of the Deep…I’ve been putting together a giant mixtape over the last few years that now has over 100 bands represented so I could go on and on and on. Is this not the best thing happening in the musical world right now?

crunchytunes, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Blank Realm

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:02 (two years ago) Permalink

they got all the good punk bands these days

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:02 (two years ago) Permalink

people like that Royal Headache band

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Kitchen's Floor
Deaf Wish

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:05 (two years ago) Permalink

The last bastion of anything worthwhile called "indie rock" as far as I'm concerned. Current faves:
Flyying Colours
Shifting Sands
Death & The Maiden
Street Chant

Fishrider is a great kiwi label.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:16 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm rapidly warming to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. D D Dumbo has made some interesting records too.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:33 (two years ago) Permalink

The Terry record is good, but I really loved the singles. Fishrider rules, I have their shirt.

crunchytunes, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:51 (two years ago) Permalink

i forgot Trust Punks, they are good too

na (NA), Friday, 2 December 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

this is such a great track

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Saturday, 3 December 2016 07:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (sooooooo good)


Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Saturday, 3 December 2016 21:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I should check the Terry album again, but anyway always liked Terry-related Dick Diver's Melbourne Florida (got their own thread, don't they?). Also lots of others, incl. Courtney Barnett, who seems like an astute student of the Go-Betweens---which reminds me, ilxor tylerw's tumblr has resurrected some mighty fine Go-Bets sets over the years (discussed on Go-Between threads)---don't have time now to check which links are still working, but he's re-upped several fairly recently: Thanx again mr. t.

dow, Sunday, 4 December 2016 01:09 (two years ago) Permalink

And I need to see what these guys are up to nowadays; covered their '08 album in the Voice:

Nuthin But Blue Skies

Die! Die! Die!
Promises, Promises (SAF)

"So much for blue skies! What about the future?" Thus New Zealand's young punks, Die! Die! Die!, fling exhortations back at a preacher who's told them, "You must believe!" They aren't really asking, but they also aren't echoing Johnny Rotten, that cunning London Irish drop-out, caterwauling "No-o-o/Fu-u-t-yahh" in a faux-cockney parody of a muezzin calling the faithful to prayer a quarter-century before 9/11. No, it's not quite the same, because outrages and disasters do take their places in the landscape. So even Die! Die! Die!, with their shrieky little name and shrieky little songs (tattooed in ears by the phonograph needles of Andrew Wilson's voice and guitar), soon find themselves pausing long enough to explain, quite reasonably, "Well sir, this winter, I cannot believe." "Blue Skies" is the last song on Die! Die! Die!'s second album, Promises, Promises. Last year's Steve Albini–recorded, self-titled debut's flying shards of impulsive/compulsive encounters encounters were caught by walls thrown up, of tracks tightened till they imploded (10 songs, in just over 20 minutes). But now, on this Shayne (of Straitjacket Fits) Carter–produced set, walls are pushed out as inner space-junk expands; shards reappear as pieces of Wilson's personal blue skies, of old hopes and dreams. Shattered, scattered voice and guitar can't help planting some bizarre memory garden of l-u-v. But the eloquent guts of Lachlan Anderson's bass will never digest such seeds so easily, and drummer Michael Prain's Keith Moon-style soloing-as-accompaniment dents craters in an everyday maze, where Wilson and "You!" grapple in reflective gear.

dow, Sunday, 4 December 2016 01:18 (two years ago) Permalink

2nd vote for Ausmuteants. Amusements is pretty great. A year ago or so, it seemed like every single band I liked turned out to be Aussie.

dlp9001, Sunday, 4 December 2016 03:14 (two years ago) Permalink

(note to self: Spotify has a large Scientists zone, incl. those recent Numero comps---check 'em out.)

dow, Sunday, 4 December 2016 16:45 (two years ago) Permalink

How strange, Tidal has the same stuff. Check 'em out.

dlp9001, Sunday, 4 December 2016 21:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the free version

dow, Sunday, 4 December 2016 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I'd forgotten that all ILM members are living a subsistence farming experience in Indonesia. Spotify it is.

dlp9001, Sunday, 4 December 2016 21:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Thank you for this thread; really dug the Dick Diver, Salad Boys & Twerps albums last year.

Chris L, Sunday, 4 December 2016 21:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Hey dow, last Die!x3 EP was kinda nice - female BVs are a new thing for them:
Going to see them in a week or so.

I'm a little bit weary of these bands/this sound - been a bit of a death spiral for a decade now - but I can't fault the Street Chant or Sharpie Crows discography, I'm still anticipating the Bad Sav album, and Astro Children deserve a mention.

Fishrider Records is run by a total creep :/

etc, Sunday, 4 December 2016 22:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I rate the first 4 Die! Die! Die! albums but that last one, "Swim", felt like a big drop-off unfortunately.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 5 December 2016 02:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks for linking the ep, etc! On first listen I like the first and last tracks best, esp. "Is What It Is," playing up the relatively mellower melodic riffage of the middle tracks while blending it with the bolder, older textures and dynamics, just a taste of those ("always leave 'em wanting more"). Hope an album's coming along this spring.

dow, Monday, 5 December 2016 03:21 (two years ago) Permalink

centre negative : wry vibrant trashcan pop

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 5 December 2016 04:40 (two years ago) Permalink

the trendees : swell maps outsider pop

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 5 December 2016 04:46 (two years ago) Permalink

file folder : suis genris keyboard popp

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 5 December 2016 04:48 (two years ago) Permalink

opposite sex : whatevr dry wee fried anectodotal pop altohugh way more fired sonding generally than this

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 5 December 2016 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink

wurld series : yer std pixies 90's pop stuff without being too bad

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 5 December 2016 05:05 (two years ago) Permalink

hex : brilliant women making badass black sabbath meets jefferson folking airplane rock

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 5 December 2016 05:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Camperdown & Out a sleeper in this scene.

I also loved the Ruined Fortune record.

These guys Closet Straights really know their way around a tune:

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Monday, 5 December 2016 05:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone for The Laurels? More in a RIDE shoegaze/britpop vein.

Their album "Mesozoic" is brilliant, even if not at all original.

mondogarage, Monday, 5 December 2016 18:48 (two years ago) Permalink

When I lived in Australia 10 years ago, there was fuck all decent bands there. Whats happened?!

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Monday, 5 December 2016 22:03 (two years ago) Permalink

probably too obvious, but if you're on the fence about getting that new reissue of the Clean's Getaway, the bonus live disc is godlike. seriously some of the best Clean I've heard.

tylerw, Monday, 5 December 2016 22:06 (two years ago) Permalink

The thread's short so far, but it's still gone too long without a mention of Total Control. Few bands have got me excited the last few years like them.

andrew m., Monday, 5 December 2016 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh man, Getaway is so underrated. "Circle Canyon" is like the best Grateful Dead song not performed by the Dead

crunchytunes, Monday, 5 December 2016 22:28 (two years ago) Permalink

i think i was one of the underraters back in the day -- but it sounds fucking fantastic in 2016.

tylerw, Monday, 5 December 2016 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

The thread's short so far, but it's still gone too long without a mention of Total Control. Few bands have got me excited the last few years like them.

Great band but I wouldn't characterize any of their music as "guitar pop."

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Monday, 5 December 2016 23:00 (two years ago) Permalink

courtney barnett was in the darren hanlon, laura jean orbit of folkier types before she hooked up with jen cloher and went grunge. I guess they're all go betweens fans at heart really.

Executive Ball Clicker (euphemism) (haitch), Monday, 5 December 2016 23:10 (two years ago) Permalink

hfs at ausmuteants great.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Monday, 5 December 2016 23:39 (two years ago) Permalink

He lives in the US now, but this year's Moles album, which is really Richard Davies, is erratic but often great.

I love Total Control too, and think they might be the best of the bunch, but I also hesitated in a guitar pop thread. But it's sometimes a close call.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 02:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Probably right re Total Control, but with connections with other bands named here, I'd toss em in on the fringes.

andrew m., Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone keep up with/rate Surf Friends? This one from a few years back is a good viber, but I haven't really explored further.

andrew m., Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the Surf Friends shout. I really dig them. This EP was released this year

crunchytunes, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Alpine might be a little too mainstream pop but they do have guitars and could also be considered here

calstars, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:40 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

New RBCF EP is a ripper

crunchytunes, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

It certainly is. The best rock n'roll band around at the moment

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:47 (two years ago) Permalink

how i loved the sugargliders (from melbourne) at the time. they have this innocent, melodic, naive sound only bands from the antipodes have. the sarah comp "we're all trying to get there" has at least seven brilliant tunes by them. here is one fave:

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:56 (two years ago) Permalink

This is pleasant jangly stuff:

o. nate, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Just came across Rolling Stone Australia---doesn't seem that different from American so far---and this might not be thread-relevant---or good at all?---but kinda wondering:

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:24 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Awesome new group called The Stroppies featuring members of The Stevens, Dick Diver, and Twerps. Also everything on this label is worth checking out.

crunchytunes, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 04:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Surreal, it sounds like some lost Flying Nun band from 1982.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 11:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I too feel like most of my current fave bands are from Aus/NZ, particularly Melbourne. Insane how many good bands are in that town right now.

My latest mindblow: Ocean Party. This song is SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SA, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

this stroppies tape sounds great, thanks for the heads up

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 17:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, digging the Stroppies. Sounds a lot like the Dick Diver from a couple years ago, which is fine with me.

o. nate, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 00:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Can't believe nobody likes the Ocean Party song. FINE. Here's another I am loving. It's not jangle pop - more post-punk - but it's Australian and seems close enough to list here.

SA, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

i like diet. a lot

also mermaidens, who are putting out an album on flying nun in july; their sound is a little chunkier a la DIRT OF LUCK era helium but this single is ferocious

maura, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 17:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Diet remind me a little of The Smiths. Only mellower. The chiming guitars are grand cru. The singing is similar to Morrissey's but the voices are quite different.

Alex in Spree-Athen (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:35 (two years ago) Permalink

SA, I like The Ocean Party! Here's a fave

crunchytunes, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Are there any really exciting new Aussie/Kiwi bands with female vocalists?

beamish13, Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:43 (two years ago) Permalink

that stroppies record linked above has a female vocalist

tylerw, Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:45 (two years ago) Permalink

that band mermaidens that maura linked have a female vocalist

also blank statements on hobbies galore:

na (NA), Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:46 (two years ago) Permalink

blank realm too!

tylerw, Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:47 (two years ago) Permalink

(they're usually more co-male/female vocals)

tylerw, Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:48 (two years ago) Permalink


na (NA), Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Beamish, you should check out The Courtneys, who are Kiwi-in-spirit Canadiens who just put out a great record on Flying Nun

crunchytunes, Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:10 (two years ago) Permalink

I like Kiwi singer Aldous Harding

badg, Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Fazerdaze is my new fave kiwi band at the moment.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Was just going to mention Fazerdaze in response to the female vocalist question. I need to listen to the record a bit more, but the first four or five times through I've found I start out loving it and lose interest by the end. Not sure if the songs get weaker or if just starts to sound too same-y. Definitely digging it in small doses though.

early rejecter, Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:09 (two years ago) Permalink

killer new terry song:

na (NA), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Hell yeah!!

crunchytunes, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:37 (two years ago) Permalink

The Stevens also have something on the way and I could not be more excited

crunchytunes, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Beamish, you should check out The Courtneys, who are Kiwi-in-spirit Canadiens who just put out a great record on Flying Nun

love this

mookieproof, Sunday, 4 June 2017 01:10 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah The Courtneys are great. Make sure you check out the first album too. It even finishes with a remake/cover of the clean's on/off again

Isi, Sunday, 4 June 2017 02:57 (two years ago) Permalink

There's only got 9 sleeps until the Bats first UK gig in years!

Grantman, Monday, 5 June 2017 10:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Evidently I can't type due to excitement.

Grantman, Monday, 5 June 2017 10:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Wish I could have made it up to NYC for one of these gigs

Martin Phillips of iconic New Zealand band The Chills is in NYC as we speak and has two three free solo shows lined up, both matinees. The first happens TODAY (Sunday, June 4) at Pianos with Martin performing at 2:30 PM and there will also be a DJ set from Flying Nun Records founder Roger Shepherd.

UPDATE: At the Pianos show on Sunday, Martin said that he’s also performing an in-store at Greenpoint’s Record Grouch on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 PM.

The third event happens at Rough Trade on Saturday, June 10 where in addition to a performance, Phillipps and Shepherd will be talking with Captured Tracks founder Mike Sniper. That’s at 2 PM.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 June 2017 18:35 (two years ago) Permalink
i like school damage

na (NA), Friday, 9 June 2017 14:48 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The Stevens new record is out and it is chock-full of pop gems

crunchytunes, Friday, 14 July 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Nice. This is the kind of Aussie pop I like.

o. nate, Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

okay, i knew there was a thread for stuff like this. i can't remember who gave me a long list to check out on ilm but i held on to it and started making a youtube playlist. will check out other stuff mentioned here.

scott seward, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:57 (one year ago) Permalink

cheers scott, enjoying this

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Friday, 19 January 2018 20:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Really loving Wireheads, Dylan/Fall word blizzards and just enough chords.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Friday, 19 January 2018 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks for that set Scott, really enjoying

Hunt3r, Friday, 19 January 2018 23:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks for the recommendation, bendy. That's great, innocent indiepop with some good sprechgesang.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Witching Waves is another good crew that's not on the Scott list.
Really fond of Totally Mild, who is on the list.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Ha, well some searching reveals Witching Waves is UK, so disregard that, though they fit in style.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 22 January 2018 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink

They sound very post-punk in a sonic youth kind of way. Some nice guitar noise and quite speedy. It does not really astonish me that they are not from the 5th continent. But i wouldn't have guessed england.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 22 January 2018 18:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Gorgeous tune from the indiepop thread by a band from auckland:

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

carly rae feelings pop new zealand pop disco indie Auckland

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:14 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...
four months pass...

Terrible name but I'm enjoying the music of Tropical Fuck Storm, far different from the Clean-influenced peppy guitar pop of most Aussie bands

. (Michael B), Monday, 3 September 2018 21:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Tropical Fuck Storm thread starts here: The Drones - any good

▫◌▫ (sic), Monday, 3 September 2018 21:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

New Stroppies album is out:

o. nate, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:58 (three months ago) Permalink

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