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27 Alternative Aussie Bands You Need To Listen To

That's if they aren't already on there.

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1. Kingswood

Youtube: Kingswoodband

Hailing from Melbourne, the sultry sounds of these Aussie rockers are guaranteed to make you move.

Must-listen track: "I Can Feel That You Don't Love Me."

2. The Grates

Brisbane indie rockers The Grates have been making great tracks for years. And we do love a rockin' female frontwoman. Must-listen track: "Turn Me On"
Youtube: TheGrates

Brisbane indie rockers The Grates have been making great tracks for years. And we do love a rockin' female frontwoman.

Must-listen track: "Turn Me On"

3. The Getaway Plan

Youtube: UNFD

After a quick rise to national fame, a break-up and a reformation, The Getaway Plan are releasing their third album Dark Horses in July.

Must-listen track: Listen to their brand new track "Landscapes" here.

4. Bad//Dreems

Influenced by underground rock bands, Bad//Dreems are quickly making a name for themselves among the alternative scene. Must-listen track: "Dumb Ideas"
Youtube: ivyleaguerecords

Influenced by underground rock bands, Bad//Dreems are quickly making a name for themselves among the alternative scene.

Must-listen track: "Dumb Ideas"

5. The Preatures

Youtube: ThePreaturesVEVO

Forming in 2010, The Preatures' fun rock vibe has already had them nominated for an ARIA as well as taking out ninth place in Triple J's Hottest 100.

Must-listen track: "Somebody's Talking"

6. Closure In Moscow

A little bit alternative, a little bit avant-garde and definitely kooky, Closure In Moscow are one of Australia's best kept secrets. An awesome band to see live. Must-listen track: "Sweet#Hart"
Facebook: closureinmoscow

A little bit alternative, a little bit avant-garde and definitely kooky, Closure In Moscow are one of Australia's best kept secrets. An awesome band to see live.

Must-listen track: "Sweet#Hart"

7. Tonight Alive

Youtube: TonightAliveVEVO

With sassy Jenna McDougall on the lead vocals, Tonight Alive is creating huge buzz nationally and internationally and rightfully so: they are a pop-punk dream.

Must-listen track: "Lonely Girl"

8. DZ Deathrays

If you like your rock grungy and your moshpits wild, DZ Deathrays are the duo for you. Must-listen track: "Gina Works At Hearts"
Facebook: dzdeathrays

If you like your rock grungy and your moshpits wild, DZ Deathrays are the duo for you.

Must-listen track: "Gina Works At Hearts"

9. The Griswolds

Youtube: thegriswoldsVEVO

Currently touring the US with Walk The Moon, there's one word to describe The Griswolds boast tracks that will be stuck in your head for days. And that's a good thing.

Must-listen track: "Beware The Dog"

10. San Cisco

Having been nominated for several ARIAS, Triple J sweethearts San Cisco are no strangers to the Australian touring circuit - and are now making a strong name for themselves overseas too. Must-listen track: "RUN"
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Having been nominated for several ARIAS, Triple J sweethearts San Cisco are no strangers to the Australian touring circuit - and are now making a strong name for themselves overseas too.

Must-listen track: "RUN"

11. The Lazys

Youtube: TheLazysAustralia

If you're after a classic rock band with catchy tunes an awesome live energy, The Lazys are exactly who you're looking for.

Must-listen track: "Shake It Like You Mean it"

12. Gang Of Youths

The band describes themselves as "basically Dad rock" but don't worry, it's something both you and your dad can enjoy. Must-listen track: "Poison Drum"
Facebook: GangOfYouths

The band describes themselves as "basically Dad rock" but don't worry, it's something both you and your dad can enjoy.

Must-listen track: "Poison Drum"

13. Glass Towers

Youtube: glasstowersband

Having toured with The Kooks as well as touring the UK and Japan, Glass Towers are on the up and up. They've been touted as Rolling Stone's "Band to watch" after all.

Must-listen track: "Halcyon"

14. The Jezabels

Youtube: The Jezabels

If you're an Aussie who doesn't know about The Jezabels, you may have been hiding under a rock. They've played basically every festival in Australia and have even been referenced on Home and Away. You know you've made it then.

Must-listen track: "Mace Spray"

15. Nantes

They describe themselves as 'dirty pop' but Nantes are all about those good time, indie vibes. Must-listen track: "Drones"
Facebook: nantesmusic

They describe themselves as 'dirty pop' but Nantes are all about those good time, indie vibes.

Must-listen track: "Drones"

16. Magic Dirt

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Magic Dirt need no introduction: formed in 1991 and with nine ARIA nominations under their belt, they are one of Australia's rock gems. The band has been on hiatus since 2011.

Must-listen track: "Dirty Jeans"

17. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Garage rock at it's finest. Must-listen track: "Hot Wax"
Facebook: kinggizzardandthelizardwizard

Garage rock at it's finest.

Must-listen track: "Hot Wax"

18. The Amity Affliction

Youtube: The Amity Affliction

For fans of something heavier, The Amity Affliction are the favourites of the hardcore scene. With four stellar albums and many national tours under their belt, the band is only getting bigger and better.

Must-listen track: "Pittsburgh"

19. Alpine

Fun and quirky, Alpine are the perfect blend of pop and indie, and have quickly made a name for themselves internationally. Must-listen track: "Foolish"
Facebook: alpineband

Fun and quirky, Alpine are the perfect blend of pop and indie, and have quickly made a name for themselves internationally.

Must-listen track: "Foolish"

20. Tropical Zombie

Eclectic and catchy, Tropical Zombie are quickly making a name for themselves in the Aussie indie scene. Must-listen track: "Reckless Youth"
Facebook: tropicalzombie

Eclectic and catchy, Tropical Zombie are quickly making a name for themselves in the Aussie indie scene.

Must-listen track: "Reckless Youth"

21. Pepa Knight

Youtube: Pepa Knight

Co-frontman of Jinja Safari, Pepa Knight, has been making quite the name for himself on his solo venture. With a soothing, indie vibe this eccentric frontman knows how to make a killer song.

Must-listen track: "Rahh!"

22. The Jungle Giants

Favourites on the festival scene, infectious indie kids The Jungle Giants have made a name for themselves, touring extensively in capital cities as well as regional areas in Australia. Must-listen track: "She's A Riot"
Facebook: thejunglegiants

Favourites on the festival scene, infectious indie kids The Jungle Giants have made a name for themselves, touring extensively in capital cities as well as regional areas in Australia.

Must-listen track: "She's A Riot"

23. The Rubens

Youtube: ivyleaguerecords

An Aussie favourite, The Rubens are a perfect mixture of rock and blues.

Must-listen track: "The Best We Got"

24. Little Earthquake

These guys are catchy as and also put on an entertaining live show. What more could you ask for?Must-listen track: "Planets"
Facebook: littleearthquakeband

These guys are catchy as and also put on an entertaining live show. What more could you ask for?

Must-listen track: "Planets"

25. Jebediah

Youtube: JebediahMusic

Jebediah are rock legends of the Australian music scene and have held a longevity and relevance that other rock bands could only dream of.

Must-listen track: "She's Like A Comet"

26. Dead Letter Circus

Apart from being one of the hardest touring bands in Australia, Dead Letter Circus always manage to wow with an amazing live show. Definitely worth checking out.Must-listen track: "One Step"
Facebook: deadlettercircus

Apart from being one of the hardest touring bands in Australia, Dead Letter Circus always manage to wow with an amazing live show. Definitely worth checking out.

Must-listen track: "One Step"

27. Tame Impala

This list wouldn't be complete without the psychedelic sounds of Tame Impala. The critically acclaimed band have a new album due out later this year. Must-listen track: "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
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This list wouldn't be complete without the psychedelic sounds of Tame Impala. The critically acclaimed band have a new album due out later this year.


Must-listen track:
"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"