Five Australian breakthrough acts for 2013

Recently we gave you the lowdown on five artists we think will be the international breakout acts of 2013. This time we’re taking a look at Australian artists we think are poised to become the next big thing. Do you agree? Tweet us your thoughts at @lanewayfest


Notice some familiar faces amongst this lot? Pond features three members of one of our favourite Aussie acts, Tame Impala. Pond have been around for a while but 2012 saw the band gain widespread recognition with the album Beards, Wives, Denim – their first on Modular.

Beards, Wives, Denim is a stomping psych-rock effort harking back to the halcyon days of 1960s and 70s guitar bands. It’s an infectious record that is perfectly suited to the sun and good times of the summer months. Highlights include ‘Fantastic Explosions In Time’, ‘Elegant Design’ and ‘Moth Wings’ – tracks hailed as "twist-n-shout good vibes, swaggering 1970s cock-rock and bluesy shit-kicking western wanderers".

Check out the latest video for ‘Moth Wings’:


Sydney-sider Flume cemented his position as one of the country’s hottest producers by dropping the killer single ‘Sleepless’ in late-2011. Flume’s beat-heavy electronic vibes owned the airwaves just as much as the clubs, and we really can’t wait to see what happens next.  

The Sleepless EP features two more intoxicating tracks in the form of ‘Over You’ and ‘Paper Thin’, but we're going to leave it to ours friends at Future Classic to sort you out with a taster in written form: "Sleepless is Flume's debut EP and has enough lush pads, chopped and chipmunked vocals, saw synths and awesome percussion to impress any fan of Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus or Seekae." 

Listen to 'Sleepless' below and tweet us your thoughts:


Snakadaktal shot into the Australian public’s consciousness after taking out triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2011. The win was the kick-start the band needed but there’s no reason to focus on it any longer. The group produces a very distinctive sound that belies their age (one member is still finishing high school) and they've worked hard to get their live show to the lofty heights it's at right now.

So far Snakadaktal’s eponymous debut EP has delivered two charming singles in the form of ‘Chimera’ and ‘Dance Bear’. We knew we couldn’t resist the dreamy pop landscapes of the Melbourne five-piece and we suggest you give in as well. Check out the video for ‘Dance Bear’:

Chet Faker

Melbourne-based Chet Faker’s soulful voice and ability to ride the perfect wave of instrumentation has seen the blogosphere, and radio alike, swoon with adoration. A cover of Black Street’s ‘No Diggity’ paved the way when it hit numero uno on Hype Machine, but it’s original tracks like ‘Terms and Conditions’ and ‘Love and Feeling’ that’ll last the journey.

‘Terms and Conditions’ couples Chet Faker’s soothing vocals with delicate guitar and splashes of electronica to make it a track that’s so smooth Sam Cooke would be proud. 

With one EP under his belt we’re anticipating Chet Faker’s debut album like it’s the night before Christmas. You should definitely check out the video for T&C:

Kirin J Callinan

There’s a good chance you’ve seen Kirin J Callinan on stage, only you might not have known it. Earning a crust playing guitar in bands such as Lost Animal and Jack Ladder, Callinan has finally stepped into the spotlight in his own right.

2012 has been a big year as Callinan signed to Chris Taylor’s (of Grizzly Bear fame) Terrible Records and then released one of the most cinematically brilliant, and equally as insane, videos of the year in ‘Way To War’. We could try to describe the imagery of Callinan wearing black underwear, a belt and pretty much nothing else chasing children around a forest but it wouldn’t do it justice.

Trust us, you need to watch ‘Way To War’ for yourself:


Thanks to our friends at I Oh You, we’ve got 10 copies of Snakadaktal’s self-titled EP to give away. To win simply tell us which of these artists you’d most like to see live and why in 25 words or less. Email us at and be sure to include your postal address.


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