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 Live Performance
2017's Breakout Act
Predictions For 2018
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.
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!
MARVELL, Miss Blanks, Ekki & The Scatterbrains. I hope that glam rock genre makes a big return.
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.
Watch out for Tyne James Organ and Mallrat, I reckon both of them are going to have big years.
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!
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.
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.
Look out for Melbourne artist Nasty Mars.
Vera Blue – next year’s acts to watch.
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.
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.
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!
Dear Seattle, Ocean Grove and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – all pioneers and explorers delving deep into the valley of modern heaviness.
Press Club, Maddy Jane, Dear Seattle are going to have huge years. Rock is back!