Australian indie pop groups

Posted Jul 11, 2011
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  1. John Butler Trio
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    John Butler Trio

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    The John Butler Trio are an Australian roots and jam band led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler, an APRA and ARIA-award winning musician. They formed in Fremantle in 1998 with Jason McGann on drums and Gavin Shoesmith on bass. By 2009, the trio consisted of Butler with Byron Luiters on bass and Nicky Bomba on drums and percussion, the latter being replaced by Grant Gerathy in 2013.


  2. Angus And Julia Stone
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    Angus And Julia Stone

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    Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister folk and indie pop group that formed in 2006 by Angus Stone and Julia Stone. Their parents played as a folk duo before Julia and Angus were born. Angus & Julia Stone have released three studio albums, A Book Like This (2007), Down the Way (2010) and their self-titled album (2014). At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 they won five awards from nine nominations: winning Album of the Year, Best Adult Alternative Album, Best Cover Art and Producer of the Year for Down the Way and Single of the Year for "Big Jet Plane". The siblings have each issued two solo albums, with Angus releasing Smoking Gun (under the pseudonym Lady of the Sunshine) in 2009 and Broken Brights in 2012; Julia's albums are The Memory Machine (2010) and By the Horns (2012).


  3. Pnau
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    Pnau

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    Pnau is an Australian dance music duo originating from Sydney, Australia. The duo consists of musicians Nick Littlemore (vocals, production) and Peter Mayes (guitar, production). The pair have achieved multiple successes throughout their career with their award-winning debut album Sambanova, their widely acclaimed 2007 release Pnau, their breakthrough side-project Empire of the Sun, and their multiple chart-topping singles. Pnau is also recognized for their heavily publicized apprenticeship under musician Elton John, who signed the duo after listening to their record Pnau. Several of Pnau's recent projects have featured John's involvement, such as Pnau's album Soft Universe and an album featuring Pnau recreations of Elton John's hits called Good Morning to the Night.


  4. The Beautiful Girls
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    The Beautiful Girls

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    The Beautiful Girls are an Australian roots music musical collective formed in 2001, featuring the music of songwriter/producer Mat McHugh. They have released three extended plays, Morning Sun (2002), Goodtimes (2002) and The Weight of the World (2004); plus five studio albums, Learn Yourself (2003), We're Already Gone (2005), Ziggurats (2007), Spooks (2010), and Dancehall Days (2014). The latter four albums have all peaked into the top 20 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Spooks and "Dancehall Days" also debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Independent Chart and, No. 7&5 (respectively) on the American Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. Their single, "I Thought About You", reached No. 60 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Mat McHugh, has also issued two solo albums, Seperatista! (2008) and Love Come Save Me (2012) as well as an EP, Go Don't Stop (2011).


  5. Architecture in Helsinki
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    Architecture in Helsinki

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    Architecture in Helsinki is an Australian indie pop band which consists of Cameron Bird, Gus Franklin, Jamie Mildren, Sam Perry, and Kellie Sutherland. The band has released five studio albums: Fingers Crossed (2003), In Case We Die (2005), Places Like This (2007), Moment Bends (2011), and Now + 4EVA (2014).


  6. Cut Copy
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    Cut Copy

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    Cut Copy (sometimes stylised Cut/Copy) are an Australian electronic band formed in 2001 by DJ Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards and guitar). Initially a home-recording project, the band now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). So far they have released four studio albums, an EP and a number of singles and remixes, all on Modular Recordings. They achieved breakthrough success in 2008 with their second album, In Ghost Colours. Some of their most well-known singles include "Lights & Music", "Hearts on Fire" and "Take Me Over".


  7. The Grates
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    The Grates

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    The Grates are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Brisbane in 2002. The original line-up was Patience Hodgson on lead vocals, John Patterson on guitars and backing vocals and Alana Skyring on drums. They were brought to national attention when a demo of their single, "Trampoline" (2004), received airplay on radio station, Triple J. Their first two albums, Gravity Won't Get You High (2006) and Teeth Lost, Hearts Won (2008), both reached the ARIA Albums Chart top 10. Skyring left in 2010 to become a chef and was replaced on drums by Ben Marshall for the third album, Secret Rituals (2011), which reached No. 11. The Grates' fourth album, Dream Team (2014), was recorded with new drummer, Richard Daniell. The band provide energetic and often sold out live shows. Since May 2012 Hodgson and Patterson are also proprietors of Southside Tea Room, a cafe and bar, in Morningside; the couple also married in November that year.


  8. San Cisco
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    San Cisco

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    San Cisco are an Australian indie pop band that formed in 2009 under the original name of King George, in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia. The band are a four-piece, and consists of Jordi Davieson (guitar, lead vocals), Josh Biondillo (guitar, vocals), Nick Gardner (bass) and Scarlett Stevens (drums, vocals)—all members, except Stevens, share duties on keyboards. In November 2011, the band was signed by Albert Productions, but moved to Fat Possum Records for the release of its debut album. In October 2012, the band described its 'vibe' as "squelchy, crispy, streamlined, hairy, indie". At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013 the group were nominated for Best Independent Release and Best Dance Release for the album; and Best Video for "Fred Astaire", which was directed by Andrew Nowrojee.


  9. Augie March
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    Augie March

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    Augie March are an Australian indie/pop rock band. Formed in 1996 in Shepparton, Victoria, the band currently consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Glenn Richards, lead guitarist Adam Donovan, bassist Edmondo Ammendola, drummer David Williams, and keyboardist Kiernan Box. Box replaced Rob Dawson, the band's initial piano player, who died in 2001.


  10. Ball Park Music
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    Ball Park Music

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    Ball Park Music is a five-piece indie rock/pop band based in Brisbane, Australia, made up of frontman Sam Cromack (guitar/vocals), Jennifer Boyce (bass/backing vocals), Paul Furness (keys/trombone), and twins Dean Hanson (guitar/backing vocals) and Daniel Hanson (drums/backing vocals).


  11. Bluejuice
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    Bluejuice

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    Bluejuice was an Australian band based in Sydney. The group's final line-up consisted of lead vocalist Jake Stone, backing vocalist Stavros Yiannoukas, bassist Jamie Cibej and drummer James Hauptmann. The band released three studio albumsProblems, Head of the Hawk and Company—prior to its dissolution on 28 August 2014.


  12. The Hummingbirds
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    The Hummingbirds

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  13. Dear Enemy
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    Dear Enemy

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    Dear Enemy were an Australian indie pop band formed in Melbourne in 1980 which had a Top 5 single, "Computer One", on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart from December 1983. They released a studio album, Ransom Note in 1984 on EMI and Capitol Records, which peaked at No. 15 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart, and they subsequently disbanded in 1988.


  14. The Sugargliders
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    The Sugargliders

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    The Sugargliders were an indie pop band from Melbourne, Australia, comprising brothers Josh and Joel Meadows and a changing lineup of other players. Between February 1989 and June 1994 they played more than 90 live shows in Australia and the UK and released ten singles and one compilation album. After disbanding The Sugargliders the Meadows brothers re-emerged in The Steinbecks.


  15. Operator Please
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    Operator Please

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    Operator Please were an Australian pop band, originating on the Gold Coast of Queensland, in 2005. Their final line-up consisted of vocalist and guitarist Amandah Wilkinson, drummer Tim Commandeur, keyboardist Chris Holland, bassist Ashley McConnell and violinist Taylor Henderson.


  16. Hungry Kids Of Hungary
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    Hungry Kids Of Hungary

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    Hungry Kids of Hungary were an Australian four-piece indie pop band from Brisbane, Queensland. The band consisted of Dean McGrath (lead vocals, guitar), Kane Mazlin (lead vocals, keys), Ben Dalton (bass guitar, vocals) and Ryan Strathie (drums, vocals). They are no longer active, and announced that they would be parting ways as a band on 28 November 2013.


  17. The Jezabels
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    The Jezabels

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    The Jezabels are an Australian indie rock band formed in Sydney in 2007. They consist of Nik Kaloper on drums, Samuel Lockwood on lead guitar, Hayley Mary (also known as Hayley Frances McGlone) on lead vocals, and Heather Shannon on piano and keyboard. They have described their genre as "intensindie" but later said that this was just a joke that they put up on a social networking site, though people took them seriously.


  18. An Horse
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    An Horse

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    An Horse is a two-person indie rock band from Brisbane, Australia, composed of Kate Cooper of Iron On on vocals and guitar and Damon Cox of Intercooler on drums. In 2008 they toured the United States as an opening act for Tegan and Sara, prior to the release of their first album. In August 2008, they opened for Death Cab for Cutie for their Australian tour. They also opened for Silversun Pickups along with Cage The Elephant in October 2009 for an east coast leg of their Swoon tour. After their own 2009 North American tour, An Horse played as a supporting act for Tegan and Sara in Canada in 2010. In 2012 they accompanied Nada Surf on tour in the United States.


  19. The Lucksmiths
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    The Lucksmiths

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    The Lucksmiths were an Australian indie pop band formed in March 1993 by Marty Donald on lead guitar, Mark Monnone on bass guitar and Tali White on drums and lead vocals. Louis Richter (ex-Mid State Orange) joined on guitar in 2005. They released eight studio albums, First Tape (1 September 1993), The Green Bicycle Case (July 1995), What Bird Is That? (September 1996), A Good Kind of Nervous (1997), Why That Doesn't Surprise Me (5 March 2001), Naturaliste (10 March 2003), Warmer Corners (4 April 2005) and First Frost (2008), before disbanding in August 2009. The group provided witty, intelligent lyrics, a strong melodic sense and a jangly pop sound harkening back to early-1980s bands such as The Smiths and The Go-Betweens.


  20. Falling Joys
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    Falling Joys

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    Falling Joys is an Australian alternative rock band formed in Canberra in 1983. The original lineup was lead singer/guitarist Suzie Higgie singer/keyboardist Robin Miles, bass guitarist Stuart G. Robertson and drummer Anthony Merrilees. The line-up changed in 1985 to include lead singer/guitarist Suzie Higgie, guitarist Stuart G. Robertson, bass guitarist and vocalist Pat Hayes, and drummer Pete Velzen. They released 3 albums on Volition and numerous singles and EP's. The band reunited in 2011 for concerts in Canberra and Sydney.


  21. Even As We Speak
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    Even As We Speak

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    Even As We Speak is an indie band from Sydney, Australia. Formed in the mid 1980s, founding members Matthew Love (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Mary Wyer (vocals, guitar) were later joined by Rob Irwin (bass) Anita Rayner (drums, banjo, mandolin), Paul Clarke (guitar, vocals) and Julian Knowles (keyboards, guitar, production). After a series of vinyl releases on Australian independent labels including Phantom Records, and success on the Australian indie scene, they came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel who started to play the band's 1987 indie guitar cover of New Order Bizarre Love Triangle on his show. This brought them to the attention of UK audiences and began a relationship with UK indie label Sarah Records. The band released several singles and an album on Sarah Records, three of which reached the Top 5 of the Melody Maker and New Musical Express UK independent music charts in 1992 and 1993.


  22. Sheppard (band)
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    Sheppard (band)

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    Sheppard is an Australian indie pop band formed in Brisbane in 2009. Their debut studio album, Bombs Away, was released on 11 July 2014, and peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association, while their second single, "Geronimo", spent three weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5× platinum.


  23. Papa VS Pretty
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    Papa VS Pretty

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    Papa vs Pretty was an Australian rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Originally the solo act of then 15-year-old Thomas Rawle (lead vocals, guitar, piano, primary songwriter) in 2006, Papa vs Pretty became a three-piece band in 2008 with the addition of Rawle’s friends Angus Gardiner (bass guitar, cello, backing vocals) and Tom Myers (drums, backing vocals), and a quartet in 2012 with the arrival of Luke Liang (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals). On Monday 30 June 2014, the band announced their breakup.


  24. New Rules for Boats
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    New Rules for Boats

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    New Rules for Boats is a five piece band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in early 2004.


  25. The Seabellies
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    The Seabellies

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    Seabellies are an Australian alternative rock band from Newcastle, New South Wales. Their live show is known for their variety of instrumentsation and multi-percussive layering.


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