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Adelaide’s Teenage Joans talk making “juice box punk-pop” and how Camp Cope and Tired Lion have inspired them, Not many acts can say they’ve sold out a 200-person capacity room before even releasing their debut single – but Teenage Joans can. The Adelaide duo of guitarist Cahli Blakers and drummer Tahlia Borg (who both sing) speak about the experience with a sense of awe, yes, but also in a way that humbly says: we went through hours of hard work and failed side projects that led up to this point.

“We both had played in bands before in school with people who just weren’t as passionate,” Blakers says. It’s a Thursday morning and the pair are sitting on Zoom, from the comfort of their bedrooms. Blakers is rocking a WAAX tee, a gritty Brisbane punk band they recently shared a bill with. “I don’t think it’s skill level,” she adds. “If someone’s got a lower skill level but a lot of passion, it can always work. Whereas [when] we were jamming with people who had high skill levels or whatever, but weren’t as passionate as us, it just always fell apart.”

The two then-high school students teamed up in 2018 following Blakers’ short stint as a solo artist. Borg hosted the inaugural jam session at her house. A two hour-session turned into Blakers staying for dinner, and the rest, as they say, is history. Their personable lyrics, dynamic stage presence and joint willingness to share the good, bad and confusing parts of life right there on stage made for a kickass live show. Teenage Joans soon advanced to bigger venues, supporting the likes of Ruby Fields and The Hard Aches. The pair focused on “mastering their craft” on-stage before ever releasing a taste of music, so by the time the launch for their first single came around – a not-so-intimate party for ‘By The Way’ at Adelaide’s Crown and Anchor – they already had a small army of fans. “The song came out a few days before and everyone knew all the words by the time the gig came up,” Blakers explained. “Having this song that everyone just knows every single word to because they’ve chosen to listen to it enough to learn the words was just like, the craziest feeling ever.”

Flash forward to 2020 and Teenage Joans caught the attention of music lovers and industry members alike when they entered triple j’s beloved Unearthed High competition – which they went on to win, as announced on the day of Borg’s year 12 psychology exam. Their sophomore track ‘Three Leaf Clover’, which is about embracing self-love even as you feel like you don’t fit in, immediately won hearts across the nation. 

Teenage Joans have dubbed their music “juice-box punk-pop”, nodding towards the cathartic nature of pop punk as a genre and how powerful it can be as a vessel for understanding the world around you. As for the “juice box” bit, Blakers says it “kind of means lyrics that feel nostalgic and feel like you could consume as a young person, but also have a heavier kind of meaning that people can relate to. So we try to keep our lyrics pretty quirky and fun and relatable, but also try and spread a message through that.” She notes the “juxtaposition is really cool.”

Still in their teens, both Blakers and Borg have a lifetime of learning to do. The pair openly admit this as they speak of their latest single ‘Something About Being Sixteen’. “This song of all of our songs is the most nostalgic. We wrote it about feeling things that you feel when you are 16 and old enough to have figured out enough of the world so far to kind of know what’s going on, but not old enough to have experienced, like, a first heartbreak or… Just a lot of big monumental things like first career, big move or whatever,” Blakers explains.

The peppy cut soundtracks a slow-burning yet necessary breakup: “This is overdue, I’m getting over you,” they wail over and over. Borg thinks of it as an “emotional outlet” that’s helped her make sense of the situation. Here Teenage Joans contrast blunt lyrics with a pastel-tinged music video in a way that feels fresh but also borrows from some of their biggest musical influences: namely the aforementioned WAAX and Tired Lion’s Sophie Hopes (who mentored the pair after their Unearthed High win).

“I love Camp Cope; they’re one of my favourite bands,” Blakers excitedly adds. “They were one of the first bands that [made me realise] I could pursue music… just watching them play and hearing the message they speak through their music. I was like, that’s so cool! I don’t have to limit myself to just playing by myself.”

Similarities between the two bands are clear: both Camp Cope and Teenage Joans offer unapologetic and raw song writing, crafting sing-along choruses that stay with you long after the music has stopped. No life experience is off the cards and nothing felt is too shameful to share.

“We just want people to know that we’re just trying to make a space for everyone,” Blakers concluded. “We just want to make everyone feel happy and have fun.”

‘Something About Being Sixteen’ is out now

Like a shaken can of soda; post-punk/noise-rock from Kaurna Land, Through a juxtaposition of experimental feedback, dissonance and rich vocal harmonies, Placement deliver a ferocious and often partially improvised live show, influenced by performance art. The debut single from Kaurna Land/Adelaide-based group Placement. ‘Harder‘ is an excellent song to introduce us to the band, ‘Harder’ bleeds with that “fuck off” attitude we love to hear, with the song written about the unwanted conversations customer service workers have to go through on a day-to-day basis. “At work you often can’t respond as you may want, but instead must provide the customer with a sanitised response to whatever they talk at you. I might not ever have said what I wanted to their face, but I’m saying it now” vocalist and guitarist Malia said of the song.

My favourite part of the song embodies this, coming right after the first chorus – “Get stuck into your daily tour of all the people who can’t say ‘fuck off’ to your advice” followed by the melodic chemistry of the guitars, bass, and percussion that play so well together to drive the themes of the song home. It’s a song to listen to on the way home from work on the busy roads, thinking about all the dense interactions you’ve had that day.


The song seemingly comes to a close at the two-and-a-half minute mark in a crash of feedback guitars and cymbals, before the band bring us back for one more finale, getting you all excited for what the band will bring us next. The track has a post-punk frenzied guitar attack that has an interesting mix of spoken word vocals and a more art-rock vibe, like a cross-between U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, and Dry Cleaning.

Released January 8th, 2021

Vox/guitar: Malia Wearn
Guitar/backing vox: Alex Dearman
Bass/backing vox: Kim Roberts
Clarinet/Sax: Stu Patterson
Drums: Braden Palmer

Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems perform for the latest edition of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’,Session presented in partnership with the folks at Green Beacon Beers.

Bad//Dreems have served up a handful of intimate tracks, with the South Aussie outfit performing from the beachside suburb of Grange for the latest edition of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home while in quarantine. Presented by Green Beacon, the second episode in this special weekly series sees frontman Ben Marwe and guitarist Ali Wells joined by Dan Appleby (formerly of Archers) on bass and Hugh Black (Neighbours, and formerly of Archers and West Thebarton) on drums as they sit in for the group’s other members, who are Isolating currently over in Victoria

Bad//Dreems are just the latest in a line-up of massive artists set to appear on Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’ series. With Cub Sport kicking off the series last week, special performances from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Lime Cordiale set to follow thanks to a partnership with Green Beacon. “Green Beacon loves music and proudly supports Aussie artists,” the Queensland brewery explained. “We’re thrilled to be able to take this to the next level by teaming up with Rolling Stone Australia.

Kicking things off with the debut live performance of “Cannonball” from 2019’s Doomsday Ballet, the group showcase the talent that has seen them become one of Australia’s most beloved rock bands.

“I like playing that song; it’s a favourite of mine,” Marwe admits following the performance of their recent album track. “But I didn’t know the chords of ‘Cannonball’, because the last time we played it was in the studio.”

Powering into a slick version of “Chills” from their 2013 EP Badlands, the quartet wrap up their three-song performance with a powerful rendition of The Boys Next Door’s “Shivers”, making the Rowland S. Howard-penned classic their own.

“I can’t see us really us going overseas or anything,” Marwe says of the band’s immediate future as a live band. “It’s going to be interesting, I think the goal would be to travel as much regionally as we can, and do as many regional shows as we can. It’ll be good, it might create a really healthy Australian music scene – not that there wasn’t one already.”

Bad//Dreems recently returned to our ears with the release of their latest single, “Desert Television”, which was recorded before their UK tour was sadly cut short. There’s currently no word as to when they’ll release more music, or when their cancelled regional tour of Australia will be rescheduled, but there’s no denying their status as one of Australian rock’s finest.

King Gizzard Lizard Wizard live albums Adelaide Paris fundraise

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard drop live albums in support of bush fire effort,  the group, highly regarded for their incredible live performances, have yet to grace us with a live album – until now, and they’ve gifted us one, but two! live albums all available on their Bandcamp site.

The band has dropped Live In Adelaide ’19 and Live In Paris ’19to help with raising money for animals affected by bush fire’s, the former of which’s proceeds will go to Animals Australia and the latter to Wildlife Victoria.

East of Melbourne, everything shrouded by smoke… bushfires have been destroying some of my most treasured sacred spots,  An amazing encapsulation of the genius that is King Gizzard. With so much music in their catalouge you never know what to expect from their live sets and it keeps things fresh and invigorating. These guys are truly a treasure and I love that these live album sales are going towards Australia in their time of need.


Live at The Barton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia, July 12th 2019
released January 10th, 2020
The Band:
Drums: Michael Cavanagh
Guitar / Keys: Cook Craig
Harmonica / Vocals / Keys / Percussion: Ambrose Kenny-Smith
Vocals / Guitar / Keys: Stu Mackenzie
Drums: Eric Moore
Bass: Lucas Harwood
Guitar / Vocals: Joey WalkerAdam Halliwell (Mildlife): Flute on Hot Water and Head On/Pill

Mixed by Stu Mackenzie

Bad//Dreems were born during an Adelaide heatwave in the summer of 2012. The band who have a loose new wave-cum-rock ‘n’ roll sound influenced by ‘70s Australian bands such as Coloured Balls and US bands such as DevoTelevision and Wipers.

Their 3rd album, ‘Doomsday Ballet’ is due for release October 18th 2019, which was recorded in Adelaide with production from Burke Reid & Jack Ladder. Live wise, the band have toured extensively in Australia and abroad, appearing at Splendour in the Grass, Falls + Laneway festivals, and supporting acts such as At The Drive In, The Avalanches and Cold Chisel

It is this world, constructed or not, that Ben Marwe (vocals, guitar), Alex Cameron (guitar), James Bartold (bass) and Miles Wilson (drums) attempt to capture. A sound, which draws from the Australian underground of the late 70s and 80s, while also taking cues from US indie outsiders like The Replacements and Wipers. Mundane meets morbid; the humdrum meets the horror; nostalgia meets nightmare. Big dreams meet bad dreams.


Band Members

releases October 18th, 2019

Australia’s favourite barnstorming five-piece Bad//Dreems are back with their latest single ‘Double Dreaming’, the first taste of what to expect from their forthcoming album due out October this year via Farmer and the Owl, and today they announce a string of headline shows this July in support of the new single.

Since its release ‘Double Dreaming’ has been racking up playlist features across all streaming services, picking up airplay across community radio stations, and receiving an add on triple j. 
Debuting their latest release to audiences across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Brisbane, along with fan favourites, get in quick to witness ‘Double Dreaming’ live for the first time!

Bad//Dreems head to the UK in June for a number of headlines shows and two opening sets for Midnight Oil.

The Adelaide five-piece have always had a way with a terse pub rock riff, and this new single is no exception, but it’s the way Ben Marwe paints, well… snarls an absurdist portrait of wokeness, identity politics, white privilege, and explosive visuals.” .

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I’ve recently been turned on by this track from another Australian great psyche band; SONS OF ZÖKU’s new EP Can Dead DanceSONS OF ZÖKU’s latest offering Can Dead Dance is full of fuzzy, bright, old-school garage, with no shortage of good times to be found within.

Based out of Adelaide,  SONS OF ZÖKU are made up of Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela, Jordan Buck, and Jacob Otto, who together jump through gloriously fuzzed out, psychedelic-tinged, garage rock. Over the course of the five tracks, the band somehow create a perfect balance between frenzied chaos . On Mauvause Foi, the four-piece belt through bright, jangly guitar chords and incredibly infectious, lo-fi vocal hooks to deliver a truly memorable surfy alt-garage-pop tune.

Yet on Big Rich Man or Wild Eyes they’re hitting more of a saunter; a lackadaisical take on psych that will whisk you off to somewhere you’d rather be. Unsurprisingly, all tracks on the EP were recorded in one day. This comes through in the EP’s charming sense of urgency.


Released April 2nd, 2018

Ricardo Da Silva – Vocals, Guitar.
Ica Quintela – Keys, Vocals, Percussion.
Jordan Buck – Bass.
Yuk – Drums.

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Hailing from Adelaide, Mane’s indie pop and distinct blues leaning vocals has been described as ‘skillful blends of pop & blues influences with smoky vocal stylings’. Catching the attention of audiences across Australia playing alongside respected national artists BOO SEEKA, E^ST, Ali Barter and KLP, Mane continues to grow her sound and artistry. With new music on the horizon you can see the pay off from constant touring and festival bills including Nannup and WOMADelaide early 2017 as this exceptional talent comes into her own.

Leading single ‘Bitter’ off MANE’s Upcoming EP ‘House Of Horrors’

Adelaide-based goth pop newcomer Mane, aka Paige Renee Court, has quickly developed a sound most artists spend a career trying to perfect. The singer builds immersive soundscapes with her haunting and distinctive vocals, which weave through dark electronic sounds; a captivating force channelled into new single What If The Love Dies. Having supported the likes of Ali Barter, City Calm Down and The Temper Trap in recent months, alongside a European/UK tour, we don’t think there’s any risk of the buzz fading anytime soon. With new music just around the corner, you can expect a stack more touring from Mane in 2018.

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Like the movement of the rocks in the astronomical body for which they are named, The Asteroid Belt’s improvised instrumental jams feel simultaneously unpredictable and well-choreographed. These Adelaide-based space cadets know how to lock into a solid heavy psych groove similar to Earthless and Hawkwind. After playing together for a decade, they work their effects pedals like seasoned road warriors. Their first LP in five years, Do Whats Right, makes it hard to go wrong. It’s fun to disappear in smoke under their guidance.