Australian Bands

Missy Higgins had her breakthrough in 20o4 during my years in Australia. I loved her music in an instant, combined with her natural charm and beauty.

Melissa “Missy” Morrison Higgins (born 19 August 1983) is an Australian pop singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Her No. 1 albums in Australia are The Sound of White (2004) and On a Clear Night (2007), and her Top Ten singles are “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Steer” and “Where I Stood”. From a musical family in Melbourne, she played piano by age six and sang at twelve. While boarding at Geelong Grammar School, she wrote a song for an assignment which was then entered into the national Unearthed radio competition for unsigned artists. Higgins won and signed recording contracts with Eleven and Warner Bros. After taking time off, backpacking in Europe, she recorded her first album The Sound of White, which was released in 2004. The album, and its first single, “Scar” both went to No. 1 on the relevant Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Charts. Its second single, “The Special Two”, went to No. 2. Higgins was nominated for five ARIA Music Awards that year and won ‘Best Pop Release’ for “Scar”. In 2005 she was nominated for seven more awards and won five. She won her seventh ARIA in 2007.

In 2006, Higgins wrote new material for her second album, and following a US tour she recorded On a Clear Night, which gave her another No. 1 single with “Steer”. Higgins has conducted several well received Australian tours and performed at high-profile charity events WaveAid (2005) and Live Earth (2007). She has toured internationally and lived and worked in the United States for ten months in 2008. Her song “Where I Stood” has been used in television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and So You Think You Can Dance. Alongside her music career, Higgins pursues interests in animal rights and the environment, endeavouring to make her tours carbon neutral. She is also the patron of One in Five, an Australian mental health charity. In 2007, following years of press speculation about her sexual orientation, she came out as bisexual, saying that she prefers interviewers to focus on her music. In 2010 she made her acting debut in feature Bran Nue Dae, and performed on the related soundtrack.

Love Eskimo Joe. They had their big breakthrough my second year in Australia and I became a big fan straight away. Great band.

Eskimo Joe are an Australian rock band formed in East Fremantle, Western Australia in 1997. The band consists of vocalist and bassist Kavyen Temperley, drummer and guitarist Joel Quartermain and guitarist Stuart MacLeod. Their debut album, Girl, was certified gold in 2001. Their second album, A Song Is a City, was released in 2004 and was later certified double platinum. The first single from the album, “From the Sea”, debuted in the top 40 of the ARIA Singles Chart, as well as being voted number three in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004. Eskimo Joe released their third album, Black Fingernails, Red Wine, in 2006. The album was certified four times platinum. The first single released, title track “Black Fingernails, Red Wine”, exceeded the commercial success of their previous work, becoming their first top 10 single, and taking out number two in Triple J’s Hottest 100 2006. The group’s fourth album, Inshalla, was released on 29 May 2009 following the release of the album’s first single, “Foreign Land”.

The Superjesus were an ARIA award winning rock band from Adelaide, Australia. Their notable Australian hits include “Shut My Eyes”, “Down Again” and “Gravity”. I saw them back in Brisbane 2003 at The Waterloo Hotel in The Valley. Good stuff and they were fronted by a rocking and stunning Sarah McLeod (mentioned in previous post) that night. “Stick Together” is from their 2003 album “Rock Music” and it was the first single released from the album and made the Australian Top 40.

The John Butler Trio is an eclectic roots/jam band from Australia led by the american/australian guitarist and vocalist John Butler. They have been quite successful in Australia since 2001. “Revolution” is from the latest album. Enjoy.

This is a band originally from New Zealand, but they are based in Melbourne/Australia. “Everything” was a massive hit in 2002/2003. Great stuff…

Time to start my shameless plug on great Australian bands. Let´s start with Luke Steele´s Empire Of The Sun. This is a solid summer hit in my ears… Great.