Bonza! You’re not alone, Perth: The best new artists coming out of Australia’s most isolated city
There’s a lot more to Perth’s music scene than Tame Impala. Welcome the next wave…
When the words ‘music’ and ‘Perth’ are uttered in the same sentence, the first name on everyone’s lips is Tame Impala - and why wouldn’t it be? The four-piece emerged from obscurity (even in Australia) and to quickly became the country’s best-known export. Well, since that time Gotye made that song, and stayed at number one in the U.S for basically forever.
Despite their high profile, there’s far more to Perth than Kevin Parker; even ruling out the main Tame Impala side projects like Pond, who are also making their own major waves worldwide. Even though most East-Coast dwelling Australians - hailing from Sydney, Melbourne, and other sunshine coast cities - will speak highly of their respective scenes, there’s something special about the music community in the country’s most Western, isolated capital city.
Its not just psychedelia, kraut-rock or distorted pop bands that pump through Perth’s veins. There are musicians creating anything from hip-hop infused electronica, to classic surf-rock garage, to driving house beats and right back to psychedelia again. They’re all waiting to push beyond the barriers that Perth can set. Here are just a few worth marking down for future success.
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