It’s been a wild first eight months of business here at LunchBox, and an even wilder 2017 for Australian music! We asked ourselves the tough questions and compiled our favourite songs and albums, the artists we think did extra-amazing things and made a few predictions for 2018.

See you in the new year!

Favourite Album

All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell – Pvris
Melodrama – Lorde
Perennial – Vera Blue
OT – Oliver Tank
Life Is Fine – Paul Kelly
Go Farther In Lightness – Gang of Youths
Ecca Vandal – Ecca Vandal
Vera – Crooked Colours
Low Blows – Meg Mac
Just Problems You Need To Know – Baro
Notion – Tash Sultana
Vibes – Vacations
Man Woman Life Death Infinity – The Church
Zinc – Caiti Baker
Girlhood – The Preatures

Favourite Song

Astronaut (Something About Your Love) – Mansionair
Watch Me Read You – Odette
What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out – Gang Of Youths
Let Me Down Easy – Gang Of Youths
Can I Be Your Lover – Lime Cordiale
Fault Line – Jack River
Future Heroine – Ecca Vandal
Arty Boy – Flight Facilities
Dumb Terror – MOSSY
Home Soon – Dope Lemon
Warriors – Tigertown
Aching Dream – Planet
Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly

Favourite Live Performance

TKAY Maidza @ Snowtunes Festival
Midnight Oil @ Selina’s
Confidence Man @ Curveball
The Jungle Giants @ Croxton Bandroom
The Avalanches @ Falls Fest Byron Bay, 2017
Ecca Vandal
Tash Sultana
Bernard Fanning/Powderfinger
The Belligerents @ Solbar
Party Dozen
Total Control + Severed Heads @ Sydney Opera House

2017's Breakout Act

Didirri
Miss Blanks
Tash Sultana
Maddy Jane
Mallrat
Ecca Vandal
Winston Surf Shirt
Baker Boy
Hatchie
Sloan Peterson
Kimono Drag Queens
Stella Donnelly

Predictions For 2018

Rachael Bell
Old school rock with a leading lady is having a moment (as it should). Melbourne natives PRESS CLUB are ones to watch, with two singles already under their belt, as well as appearing at Fairgrounds Festival, gigs at Sydney’s The Lansdowne, amongst many other shows, they’re garnering the experience to go with the balls of their sound.

Brynn Davies
More LGBTIQ+ artists breaking out from the underground with artists like Miss Blanks paving the way. A more united effort at both industry and audience level to call out and educate about discriminatory/violent/predatory behaviour, as well as an industry-wide approach to strategies to create safe and inclusive spaces. Emphasis on understanding the nature of, and finding solutions for, rampant poor mental health and sexual abuse across the music industry. Attempts to find a platform away from social media via which to generate and communicate with fanbases as a reaction to increasingly harsh newsfeed filters.

Oh, and LunchBox takes over the Aus music media landscape, der!

Hayden Campbell
MARVELL, Miss Blanks, Ekki & The Scatterbrains. I hope that glam rock genre makes a big return.

Mick Rad
Females will continue to deservedly take centre stage. The ’90s revival will amp up with ‘real’ grunge taking the fore again. Artists to watch: Wafia, BOAT SHOW, Didirri, Jesswar, Saatsuma, B Wise. The Australian music industry will be changed forever by the #MeNoMore campaign. Montaigne will release an album that cements her as an iconic artist of our generation. King Gizzard will release zero albums (just to be different) A TV show will start playing live performances (please!) The next ‘retro’ song to be noticed (ie. You’re The Voice, Horses) will be I’m Interested In Apathy by TISM. 🙂 But seriously, the lines between mainstream and alternative Australian music will continue to blur as more up and coming music is picked up by commercial stations.

Emily Isabel Norton
Keep your banana eyes peeled for a sickly sweet reunion: Sticky Fingers will be back and (semi) intact. Fingers and toes crossed.

William Patston
Watch out for Tyne James Organ and Mallrat, I reckon both of them are going to have big years.

Ella Barrett
Hip hop and rap are definitely on the rise – Manu Crook$ is the one to watch here! I’m also expecting killer tunes from Vallis Alps and praying for some new stuff and performances from Tame Impala!

Daniel Jaramillo
In 2018 there will be more music blending genres, creating new hybrids. The industry will take people’s rights more seriously and acts to watch out for next year are Omar Musa, Caligula’s Horse and Ecca Vandal.

Nick Ritchie
2018 should hopefully be a meteoric year for Australian music. With any luck acts like Gang Of Youths, Winston Surfshirt, Sticky Fingers and The Smith Street Band can cement themselves more and more with each passing month. GOY are certainly the closest to this, having been established on the scene now for more than a few transient years, while WSS will need to produce an above average follow up album (or single) to show that they’re worthy of the praise they’re receiving. In hip hop, newcomers Baker Boy and Tapz could add a fresh dose of difference to a genre that seems largely homogenised in Australia. A.B Original being the exception to that statement, it will be interesting to see what has in store for those boys too. Allday’s latest album was received well, and hopefully, a string of live shows in ’18 will firm him up as someone not to be taken lightly in both a technical and lyrical sense. Larger internationally recognized acts Angus & Julia Stone, Flume, Sia, Motez, Pete Murray and Flight Facilities are showing no signs of slowing down, and hopefully, 2018 sees new singles and albums from each of them.

Sam Williams
Look out for Melbourne artist Nasty Mars.

Kitty Connell
Vera Blue – next year’s acts to watch.

Tommy Boutros
Hopefully more psych, surf rock, buttery guitar licks and solos – watch out for guys like Den, Punish Honey, Donny Benet, Nelipot, and more quality long-form journalism which isn’t afraid to talk about taboo issues.

 

Georgie Wilkie
Acts to watch: Angie McMahon for sure, can’t wait for the world to be blessed by her magic music/genre trends. Hopefully a greater appreciation for pop music and for people to associate it less with “young teen girls, therefore, it must be trash” because that whole idea is completely false and needs to change.

Madalyn Winter
If 2018 is going to be as dazzling as this year, boy I am keen! The act that I’m most keen to watch is my beloved Brisbane band Ball Park Music as they bring a fresh album and a tour around the country. I’m excited to see what they have worked on and what new sound they’ve produced. Australian music is going to change the industry level majority with the evergrowing talent and commitment that acts have. 2018 for the music industry is going to be as tasty as a Bunning’s snag!

Nick Simpkin
Dear Seattle, Ocean Grove and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – all pioneers and explorers delving deep into the valley of modern heaviness.

Lachie Jones
Press Club, Maddy Jane, Dear Seattle are going to have huge years. Rock is back!