11 Supporting Artists Not To Be Missed On These Upcoming Tours
Words by Hayley Franklin.
Supporting Jade Imagine
Melbourne three-piece Pearls make blissfully glamorous alt-pop music with just enough retro ’80s vibes to get you moving. Following their 2015 debut EP Pretend You’re Mine, Pearls have released ‘Superstar‘ a catchy tune about being a cool poser at the expense of everyone else. Pearls will be supporting alt-country angel Jade Imagine at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne this Friday.
Supporting Ryan Adams
Sydney indie-rock sweethearts Middle Kids have been blowing up since their debut single ‘Edge Of Town’ was picked up by none other than Sir Elton John. Continuing the wistful vibes with their self-titled EP, the trio have been bringing their addictive brand of jangly, sweeping pop to venues across Australia, America and Europe. They’re a perfect match for Ryan Adams‘ soulful, yearning songwriting and will be supporting his Prisoner album tour across the country later this month.
Supporting Sean Heathcliff
Dream pop magician POPPONGENE a.k.a. Sophie Treloar is bringing her warm, mellow goodness to Sean Heathcliff‘s A Boy And His Rose EP launch show at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne. It may be freezing outside but POPPONGENE’s phaser-filled electronic magic will put you in a fuzzy summer daze, fully prepared for the soft cuddle of Sean Heathcliff‘s intimate set later on.
Supporting D.D Dumbo
Low-fi “really great guy” Jesse Davidson has just played Groovin The Moo and Womadelaide and how he’s bringing his intricate sombre rock to D.D Dumbo’s Adelaide show. His most recent EP Lizard Boy is packed full of surprisingly quirky moments as Davidson’s warm voice gives way to funky basslines, humming synths and progressive beats. With a dash of cheeky personality, Davidson’s unique psychedelia is the long lost brother to D. D Dumbo’s quirky sounds as he tours his debut album Utopia Defeated this June.
Supporting Julia Jacklin
If anyone can support Julia Jacklin‘s heartfelt folk-rock grooves, it’s Sydney singer-songwriter Elizabeth Hughes. Having just released her debut EP, Hughes is already making a name for herself thanks to her gentle voice and bold songwriting. Combining rippling guitars, crashing symbols and a rolling beat, her latest track ‘Emily’ will have you swaying moodily along. Elizabeth Hughes will be supporting former bandmate Julia Jacklin on her Don’t Let The Kids Win album tour for one soulful night in Sydney.
Supporting Cloud Control
Lake Macquarie low-fi rocker Alex Knight, a.k.a. Brightness will bring his irresistibly fuzzy tunes across Australia to support Cloud Control on their ‘Rainbow City’ tour. With his debut album Teething on the way, Brightness has already found his niche nestled between overwhelming amounts of tape hiss and disarmingly honest lyrics. Saturated in nostalgic charm and with just a hint of existential angst, Brightness’s singles ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Waltz’ are highly addictive. Along with angelic pop duo OKBadlands, Brightness will appear in Melbourne and Sydney for the launch of Cloud Control‘s shimmering psych-pop single ‘Rainbow City’.
Supporting Green Buzzard
Sloan Peterson has a distinctive sound as feisty as it is feminine. Her debut single ‘105’ features driving guitars and whirring synths behind Peterson’s crooning, occasionally raspy voice, as she sings with attitude about someone devoid of emotion. The result is a catchy tune stuck somewhere between garage rock and retro psychedelia. Peterson will be joining the stage with Green Buzzard as they tour Australia to celebrate the launch of their dreamy new EP Space Man Rodeo this June.
Brisbane rockers The Creases smash out solid indie-rock tunes. With enough funk to get you moving but enough punk to keep you cool, these boys have mastered the combination of hard-hitting drums, catchy guitar riffs and laid back vocals. Also supporting Two Door Cinema Club at their Splendour sideshows, The Creases are ready to lend their punchy tones to Bad//Dreems‘ raw brand of Aussie rock as they tour the country for their Gutful album launch shows in June.
17-year-old Tia Gostelow has too much talent for someone who should still be struggling with pimples and maths homework. Instead, she’s busy weaving her nuanced and soulful voice through mesmerising, bluesy tunes. After winning triple j Unearthed High’s Indigenous Initiative last year, Gostelowe has played at Groovin The Moo and is set to release her debut album later this year. In the meantime, she’ll be touring the country with Melbourne rockers Husky for the release of their new darkly poppy album Punchbuzz.
Mellow and intimate, Gordi‘s music is that unique dose of warm fuzzy melancholy that you need every now and then. Sculpting her soulful voice through wistful lyrics and a minimal alt-pop soundtrack, Gordi creates bittersweet ballads full of yearning. Currently touring across Europe following the release of her debut EP Clever Disguise last year, Gordi will be supporting folktronica master Asgeir in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in July.
Supporting The Lemon Twigs
Sydney artist MOSSY weaves alt-beat samples with melodic synths, deep bass and multi-tracked vocals to create catchy new wave tracks. Beneath all of the electronica is a punk spirit, as MOSSY calls out political issues with a seductively bleak outlook. The result is a hypnotic and brainwashing invitation to venture into MOSSY’s expansive realm of weird pop. MOSSY will be joining New York rock ‘n’ rollers The Lemon Twigs at their Melbourne show in July.