Fill up your weekend playlist with the help of our personal DJ, Mr Spencer Scott. He’s worked his way through the Triple J Unearthed library to bring us the hottest tracks being streamed right now.
Tired Lion – I Don’t Think You Like Me
This week triple j held the J Awards, an annual award ceremony that celebrates the best of Australian music. Courtney Barnett took out Album of the Year for Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. But the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year went out to Perth’s Tired Lion.
Since releasing ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’ earlier in the year, the band won an Unearthed competition that saw them open up Splendour In The Grass, and they also mashed up Violent Soho & Smashing Pumpkins for Like A Version. They have had a huge 2015, and hopefully it’s just the start.
SOUNDS LIKE: Violent Soho, Pixies
Safe Hands – Traffic Island Wreath
Newcastle’s own Safe Hands have unleashed their new single ahead of their sophomore album release in 2016. The new album is the highly-anticipated follow up to 2013’s Montenegro. In the past few years the band have been touring Australia, supporting acts like Converge and La Dispute. The band also appeared at the Coffs Harbour leg of the Australian Warped Tour.
‘Traffic Island Wreath’ is a step in a different direction for the band. Frontman Benjamin Louttit employs more clean vocals, but they are in no way less intense. The band cover a lot of ground in just over three minutes, delivering a great piece of noisy post-hardcore.
SOUNDS LIKE: Touche Amore, The Hotelier
The Indians – Unsatisfied
The Indians are a five-piece indie/rock band from Sydney. Forming out of some high-school mates back in 2010. ‘Unsatisfied’ is a high-energy rock track with some really intense bass playing. There’s some light synth work across the track, and the guitars play right in the pocket. But the two stars here are the bass and the vocals.
The Indians are playing at The Lass on November 26th, alongside fellow Unearthed’ers Split Feed
SOUNDS LIKE: Arctic Monkeys, The Livertines
June Blue – Punch Drunk
Juno Blue’s debut single ‘Punch Drunk’ was written across the world. Drummer Morgan Briekers was in the UK when the band first started writing the song, collaborating with their Australian counterparts via the internet. The result is this lovely electronic track with a few sweet drops to keep you going. Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill said that singer Kristie McGlone’s vocals are “a standout” and it’s hard to argue with that.
SOUNDS LIKE: Chvrches, Flume
King Social – Hypocrite
Indie and Hip-Hop aren’t genres that are often mixed together, but King Social seem to do it with ease. The North-Queensland five-piece lay heavy bars over typical indie-rock arrangements.
The band has a diverse lineup; featuring an ocker cowboy, a Greek hippy, a rapping Scottish/Aboriginal, a Fijian, and a man who could be mistaken for Ned Kelly. It’s a mashup of styles, people, and genres.
SOUNDS LIKE: Hilltop Hoods, Flobots
This list was compiled by Spencer Scott. Spencer is a SuperUser on triple j Unearthed.