Tash Parker is a young songwriter and musician originally from the remote town of Kununurra in the North East Kimberley area of Western Australia. In 2007 Tash relocated to Melbourne to pursue her music career and she is now based in the small beach side community of Somers on the Mornington Peninsula. Tash has been writing, playing and performing her original songs since she first picked up an acoustic guitar in 2002.
Everything Everything are based in Manchester, hailing originally from the Newcastle/Northumberland area, as well as Kent. Their music has been described as 'surrealist neo-classical avant-pop for the digital age'. Influences include: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Smiths, Ezra Pound, Steve Reich and Destiny's Child. Debut single 'Suffragette Suffragette' b/w 'Luddites and Lambs' was released in December 2008 on XL imprint Salvia to widespread popular and critical acclaim, garnering support from such Manc luminaries as Stuart Maconie, Marc Riley, Dave Haslam and Johnny Marr.
Darren Hanlon is an Australian singer/songwriter who plays folk-rock and folk-pop. Before becoming a solo artist in 1999, he was a member of The Simpletons, and contributed backing guitar and keyboards for The Lucksmiths, The Deerhunters, and Mick Thomas. Darren is known for his engagement with his audiences, through his down-to-earth storytelling at live gigs as well as his often charming lyrics.
Florence + the Machine formed in 2007 in London, England, United Kingdom. The band is the recording name of singer/songwriter Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music for her; Florence Welch is the band's only constant member. The current touring lineup of the band is Florence Welch (vocals), Robert Ackroyd (guitar), Isabella Summers (keyboards), Tom Monger (harp), Mark Saunders (bass), Christopher Lloyd Hayden (drums).
The Mountain Goats is the musical project of singer-songwriter and guitarist John Darnielle. The New Yorker magazine referred to him as "America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist". In its June 2006 issue, Paste magazine named Darnielle one of the "100 Best Living Songwriters". Darnielle’s lyrics are literate and filled with imagery that reference classic literature, religion and mythologies, pop culture, art and history. Others are vague references to his stepfather, and with the 2005 album The Sunset Tree Darnielle finally offers a more intimate account of his experience as an abused child.
New Ruins began in 2004 as a home recording project of Elzie Sexton and J.Caleb Means. In 2005 "The Sound They Make" was recorded in the cold back room of a Champaign house. In 2006, New Ruins was signed by A Hidden Agenda Records. "The Sound They Make" was released in 2007 and received positive critical reviews, including All Music Guide and an Emusic editor's pick. Several songs from the album have been licensed for use on tv shows. Sexton and Means are joined by Paul Chastain (multi-instrumentalist, formerly of Velvet Crush) and Roy Ewing (drums/percussion, formerly of Braid).
Arcade Made are three 15 year olds from Bundaberg who enjoy at bit of jam time now and then. Harry = English Badger Corpie + Vinni = Homebaked Glory. They've been playing for 3 years, since they were in year 7. Unearthed High Finalists:
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Big Heavy Stuff is a Sydney-based Australian indie rock band with a unique style, blending edgy guitars and a pounding rhythm section with songwriter Greg Atkinson's exceptional sense of melody. Their harder edge, evident on their breakthrough "Maximum Sincere" album of 1997, has mellowed somewhat on more recent releases, without detracting from their trademark emotional intensity. They are known for recent works including their latest albums "Size of the Ocean" and "Dear Friends and Enemies", the latter of which was written at a time of political contemplation in Australia...
Pulled Apart By Horses are a 4 piece post-hardcore band from Leeds, England.
'Surely the best live band in Britain' said the observer. 'Pulled Apart by Horses' could be a sick torture method or the name of a new rock consortium from Leeds of west riding. 'Momentum has been building steadily over the past year for PABH and the band have quickly grabbed attention from the likes of Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, the NME, Artrocker and the inquisitive minds of some of Britain's most recognizable indie labels.