5 Comments 12 August 2011

It’s just past the halfway mark of 2011, and with winter at its peak, here are some of the best new bands to keep the summer-music cravings at bay.

With a Julian Cassablancas swagger and catchy Datarock basslines, Millions are sure to be one of the biggest new acts this year. Millions are a four-piece comprised of Dominic Haddad, Campbell Smith, Ted Tilbrook, and James Wright. While they’ve only been together for about six months, they’ve already played support for Australian bands such as The Grates. The Brisbane quartet spin a mix of grungy garage pop and sharp indie rock that has drawn comparisons with The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. Millions were discovered on Triple J’s site for emerging bands, Unearthed, and they were then soon whisked away to Splendour in the Grass, where they played alongside legends such as Pulp and The Hives. They’ve released two tracks, “Citrus” and “Those Girls”, both of which are garnering praise on The Hype Machine and Triple J Unearthed. Citrus is catchy, lively, and the way Millions are going, it’s sure to be a summer hit.

You can find them at Triple J Unearthed, on Facebook and at Millions.


The Cactus Channel are just one of the many upcoming bands being churned out of Princes Hill Secondary, but their classic funk vibe has made them stand out from the crowd. A ten-piece brought up on funk and soul, their first single has already been getting international airplay and their debut album is due to be released next year.
Their first single, “Pepper Snake”, is a vibrant jazz-funk fusion that showcases the group’s immense talent. Despite the fact that they’re still in high school, The Cactus Channel have already played alongside The Cat Empire and Saskwatch, and later this year they will be opening for Syl Johnson and The Bamboos. Their single also includes a cover of seminal Porgy Jones classic “The Dap”. It’s great. Go buy it. Now.

You can buy The Cactus Channel’s debut 7” at any of their shows or at Hope Street Records. They play the Hi-Fi on September 10th with Syl Johnson and The Bamboos. You can find them on Facebook.


Northeast Party House provide electronic music for people who don’t particularly like electronic music. Their sweeping synths and mysterious vocals sound a bit like less perky versions of The Morning Benders or an electronic Peter Bjorn & John.
They’re usually around town, playing at parties or opening for local acts, which is a shame, really – with a bit more polishing, Northeast Party House could become one of Australia’s best electro bands, akin to The Presets or The Aston Shuffle.
Of the two songs they’ve released, “Dusk” is the highlight. Gentle guitars and a quiet drawl lead into a cacophony of firetruck-sounding synths, epic electric guitars, and a pounding drum beat.

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  1. Deb says:

    Great article!
    I think the Cactus Channel might have sold out of their single, though.

  2. Shaad D'Souza says:

    Actually Deb, you’re right. You can still get the record at any of their shows though, and Northside (Records, on Gertrude st) still had some a couple of weeks ago.

  3. Joseph says:

    Hmm… I wouldn’t really describe The Cactus Channel’s ‘Pepper Snake’ as a “jazz-fun fusion” track. Otherwise, interesting piece.

  4. Shaad D'Souza says:

    Okay then Joseph, we’ll agree to disagree.

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