Lately, our DJs have been stumbling upon more and more Australian artists, old and new. At first, they were chalking it up to mere coincidence but now it seems like the Aussies are onto something, something good. Say goodbye to tired old stereotypes about crocodiles and throwing shrimp on the barbie, and say hello to artists that you may or may not know and who will blow your mind regardless.
Made famous in 2003 with their hit “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet skyrocketed to the top of the charts with their album Get Born. The album is ranked at #25 on Triple J’s “Hottest 100 Aussie Albums of All Time.”
Why We Love Them
Early 2003 was a dark time for many of us. With myspace.com being the number one social networking site and Trapt’s “Headstrong” being a smash-hit, some of us look back at that time and give ourselves an internal face-palm. Jet was a much needed wakeup call to the rise of the computer age. Get Born is pure rock-and-roll. No effects. No nonsense. They’re reminiscent of classic rock with a contemporary energy that ignited something deep inside of us.
Formed in 2005, Cloud Control began to make music for a band competition. Though they claim on their facebook page that they weren’t very good. In 2011, they released their debut album Bliss Release which has since been named #56 on the “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time.”
Why We Love Them
They’re organic. Bliss Release is a pop-rock symphony recorded on tape in their producer’s basement. Cloud Control is open-hearted without being too sentimental. They’re perfect for days when snow descends upon us like an angel’s bad dandruff. In other words, they’re perfect for every day in Ellensburg from November to April.
Missy Higgins struck gold in high school when she won a song writing award and contracts with Eleven and Warner Brothers. In 2004, the first single from her debut album The Sound of White won an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for “Best Pop Release.” The album was ranked #29 on, wait for it, the “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time.”
Why We Love Her
She is a sincere lady. Her ageless music is a perfect balance of uplifting tracks and ballads. She came to us in a time of disposable pop-music and delivered genuine tracks that listeners of all tastes could enjoy. Furthermore, she performed with Nic Cester of Jet in 2007 which can only mean that she’s a total badass. To top it all off, she’s super nice. In her spare time, Higgins works with charities for mental health patients and efforts to make all of her tours carbon neutral.
Wolfmother made their break in 2005 with their single “Woman.” Their self-titled album raced up the ARIA charts to position #3. They immediately became an international success, performing at Seattle’s very own Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2006. Oh and guess what. Wolfmother is ranked as the #8 “Hottest Aussie Album of All Time.”
Why We Love Them
While the rest of the world was freaking out about Y2K, a group of guys withdrew from their fallout shelters and began forming a band that would slap us all in the face with its hard, driving riffs and heavy swagger. Wolfmother makes us want to turn it up to 11 and head-bang until our brains rupture. They’re eclectic, producing many songs from a wide range of awesome. Wolfmother enters 2012 with the promise of a new album which, according to their website, is going to be beastly.
We instantly knew we loved Gotye when we found out that he released three studio albums independently. His third album Making Mirrors became a huge international success after he released the first single “Eyes Wide Open.” Gotye has been nominated for five ARIA awards and the MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. His sophomore album Like Drawing Blood also made it on Triple J’s “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time” at position #11.
Why We Love Him
Imagine that your favorite poem was a piece of music composed by the higher power of your choice and you may have an idea what Gotye sounds like. Several DJs—who shall remain nameless—nearly wet themselves when they first saw the video for “Somebody That I Used To Know.” As if the lyrics aren’t thought-provoking enough, the video is insanely moving. The track is one of those spine-tingling, set-on-repeat-until-your-roommate-wants-to-kill-you sort of songs. The best part is that Gotye is witty as hell. His lyrics may be a little depressing but he is one facetious fellow. His personal bio on his website is strangely poetic as he mocks self-worshipping biographies. Gotye is an up-and-comer that the world knows has the potential to blow our minds all the way to the moon.