Hello, The Florets and other local independent artists that we love this fortnight


By Tom Walters

Hello and welcome to our bimonthly column on independent artists. Head here if you missed the previous installment, featuring Bad Bangs, Mess Esque, and OK EG.

Every fortnight we bring together the best new bands and artists from Melbourne / Naarm who are making waves online, underground and on air.

For those looking to keep a listening ear with top emerging artists, this column will cover you every two weeks with Victoria’s best.

This fortnight, we’ve been digging into the ’90s indie rock vibes of Hello, the psych-pop of The flagships and the blurry garage rock of Tam Vantage.

Keep up to date with the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.


Good Morning recorded their new album farmyard in the United States, at Wilco’s studio, The Loft, in Chicago. They seem to have captured the essence of Jeff Tweedy’s team in the process, as “Country” – the album’s closing song – has all the hallmarks of cult ’90s indie rock.

Between its catchy guitars and Grandaddy-esque touches (there’s a big “AM180” vibe here), “Country” is a breath of fresh air – a banger ready for springtime vocals once the lockdown is over. It’s a confident step up from the 70s lo-fi rock’n’roll of their last album. Basketball breakouts, feeling more polite and confident than anything they’ve done before.

Barnyard will be released on October 22 via Polyvinyl.

The flagships

Continuing the indie rock trend of the 90s, but with blues and psychedelia, The Florets has a new take – Permanent shine – now available on Bandcamp. Sporting an art rock-style rhythm section similar to Good Morning, The Florets are mistier mornings than cloudless skies – the opening track “Paradise” is effortlessly cool and wouldn’t be out of place on the original soundtrack. ‘a pop-up funfair in Brunswick.

There is a serious talent for melody which is evident throughout the eight track record. With vibrant choruses, psychedelic guitars, and a pop bounce that’s not much different from Glass Animals, The Florets could soon become a summer staple on triple j.

Permanent Glow will be released on October 1 via Bandcamp.

Tam Vantage

Tam Vantage is back in November with their third album, Laughing gas and apple pie. The Melburnian expertly bridges the gap between college radio indie and hazy lo-fi punk – a bit of Ty Segall, a bit of Eddy Current Suppression Ring (thanks to Mikey Young who mastered the record) and a bit of direct garage rock for good measure.

As the lead single “Living On The Outside” demonstrates, it’s a concoction that goes extremely smoothly – there’s one hell of a song here under all the fuzz and reverb.

Laughing Gas & Apple Pie to be released November 5 via Still Traveler Records.

Want more new music? Discover the last part of our column on singles.


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