Headed on down to “Brisbane Powerhouse” this afternoon to enjoy a cold beer on a warm, sunny afternoon overlooking the Brisbane River, and also to catch what promised to be a showcase of some of Australia’s best young talent, as four acts featured over the past couple of year’s on Triple J’s “Unearthed High”, hit the stage.
Triple J Unearthed
For those of you not in the know, Triple J is perhaps Australia’s premier Government-funded national radio station that focuses less on the rubbish commercial tunes continually looped on other stations, and more on independent, alternative and especially Australian music. Their “Unearthed” project is aimed at uncovering and airing the best of Australia’s unsigned and perhaps unheard of bands.
As an extension to this project, in 2008 Triple J launched an “Unearthed High” competition which required high school aged bands to submit original work which was subsequently voted on via their online website.
Triple J’s “Unearthed” concept, launched back in 1995, has gained so much popularity over the years that in just a few short weeks time, a dedicated “Unearthed” digital radio station is set to launch across Australia on October 5th, ensuring that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, music lovers will have the chance to sample the work of the country’s best unsigned talent. I’m really stoked about this!
Kingdom of Little Empires
Anyway, back to the point of today. Someone in their infinite musical wisdom has decided over the past couple of years to get a handful of “Unearthed High’s” best finds together and put them on stage at Brisbane Powerhouse for an afternoon of all-ages entertainment.
Kicking off this afternoon’s acts was the 2011 “Unearthed High” winners – “Snakadaktal”. Chosen from over 700 other bands in this year’s competition, the 5-piece band from Melbourne’s Rudolph Steiner School played a strong set, interrupted by a few technical glitches, before whipping back off to Melbourne for a gig tonight. Living the life of rock stars already!
I was perhaps most impressed by the next act to hit the stage – Albert Salt. Hailing from Melbourne’s Scotch College, this classically trained artist manages to fuse together pop synth, strings, and alternative rock into an entertaining and unique sound that I’m sure you’ll all be hearing plenty more of in the coming years.
Albert’s already got a debut album out called “Dearest Stranger” which you can pick up on iTunes now.
If anyone reading this was at the gig yesterday and knows the name of the killer song that Albert performed first, can you let me know in the comments section below? I can’t find it!
Ahhh bless. Constantly apologetic (for everything from her “green” backing band to lyrics based on her obsession with a boy at school) and cutely awkward on stage at times, Danika Smith was perhaps the strongest vocalist of all the acts today. This talented singer/songwriter from Alstonville High in NSW impressed the crowd with her “from-the-heart” lyrics and a really outstanding cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”.
It’s easy to see why Danika was selected as one of the “Unearthed High” finalists in 2011.
Headlining this afternoon’s concert was the awesome “Stonefield” – four sisters from Melbourne’s Rudolph Steiner School who won the “Unearthed High” competition in 2010 and went on to thrill crowds at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Talk about a meteoric rise!
Putting on a good sized set to easily the largest crowd of the afternoon, the girls played a selection of their most popular tunes like “Black Water Rising” and “Through the Clover” (see below), as well as a rocking cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.
Super entertaining – keep an eye out for these ladies for sure!