• Tiana Speter

FAVE 5: With a new tune under their belts, Brissy indie-poppers Sunflower share their fave 5 musos!


A lolling triumph of warmth and whimsy, the latest track Thin Skin from Brisbane indie poppers Sunflower will elicit goosebumps and pure joy with its sharp production, charming arrangements and irresistible message of hope that'll get winsomely under your skin.

Produced and mixed by Sunflower bass-man Sam Woods in the band's Brisbane home studios, Thin Skin is a polished step into a blossoming new phase for the group, with the accompanying announcement of some live showings offering the chance to catch some Sunflower magic live in action. But today to celebrate the very recent release of their brand new song, Sunflower are sharing their current Fave 5 artists doing the rounds in their playlists right now. Read on!




POOKIE


My obsession with this up-and-coming superstar is all too real and the most heart-breaking moment of 2020 is that she only has one song out!! Hailing from Melbourne, Pookie’s debut single “Tuesday” harps back to early Missy Elliot days; soaked in power and poise. Her flow is calm yet strong, and her advice is concise. Pookie preaches about minding her own business, being selective about relationships in her life and choosing those that are on her level, as opposed to those who want to drag her down. She’s too occupied kicking goals to “hang hang”. I can’t wait to see this queen live one day soon as I’m sure she’ll be an empowering force centre-stage. Pookie is fire-y, fierce, sassy and big things are undoubtedly coming her way.


TUNE TO CHECK OUT: Tuesday



pic: Lina Vincenzino

HOPE D


I’ve had my eye on this alt-pop-rock force of a being for a number of years now, and it’s amazing to watch hard-work and perseverance blossom her into the star-power she currently is. Emerging from Brisbane, Hope D began performing and song writing at the early age of 9 years old. She hit the city streets with her stickered-guitar and loop pedal, and over a number of years a passionate, loyal underground fanbase were drawn to Hope and her purposeful, confessional song writing. There’s a raw honesty and unapologetic sincerity to her flow, and it’s turning heads left, right and centre. Hope D’s manic hot sauce flavour is one-of-a-kind, and she’ll undoubtedly be a name on everyone’s burnt lips.


TUNE TO CHECK OUT: Second




MAJAK DOOR


This dreamy Melbourne-based band had me hook, line and sinker from my very first listen. Majak Door have honed in on a sound that is a mixture of surf-rock, 60's psychedelia and dream pop. Their lo-fi, jangly, free-spirited energy echoes the likes of The Doors and The Kinks. Frankie’s voice is distinctive and oozing in cool, floating angelically over the band’s sun-soaked vibes. With the heat wave coming in strong this year, you can bet every Majak Door track will be earning a place in my summer playlists.


TUNE TO CHECK OUT: Everybody Wants You




JACK BOTTS


Jack has been a mate for years, and it’s been brilliant to watch him grow from a killer solo cover musician, to gracing sold-out stages and racking up millions of streams to his own tunes on Spotify. Jack grinded hard on the streets of Byron Bay, and drew with him a massive cult following. People are attracted to Jack and his carefree surf folk vibes. Think Ziggy Alberts and Kim Churchill. At his live shows, you can tell the crowds love this man to bits. When they scream his lyrics at the top of their lungs, you just know it’s because every word is attached to a feeling and a memory. A particular lyric I love to watch his fans sing is “And it goes to show, it doesn’t really matter if you’re broke and alone”. There’s something very empowering about a room of all ages embracing that line. Jack’s song writing is a breath of fresh air and perfect for coastal road trips, each song dripping in fresh salty water and sunshine.


TUNE TO CHECK OUT: Gypsy




THE MONTREALS


I played a festival in New Caledonia with The Montreals a couple of years ago and was immediately struck by how bold and quirky (and super lovely!) they were. These Adelaide lads are continuously proving themselves to be one of Australia’s leading Alt Pop exports. Their sound is what I imagine Scott Pilgrim (from ‘Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) would have on repeat whilst working a part-time job at a local DVD store; red liquorice in hand and checking out his hot green-haired, eyeliner-wearing emo co-worker. You’d be hard pressed to find another band like The Montreals. They’ve found their lane, and they’re riding it all the way to the top.


TUNE TO CHECK OUT: deadheads

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BY TIANA SPETER


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