Listen to What is Coming Out of Australia These Days!

Amyl and the Sniffers

Some people think that Covid killed new, cool music. I keep trying to convince people that there really is great new music coming out right now! I’m not just talking about from the U.S., but the U.K., France, Spain, and so on. A lot that I’ve heard that is ear-catching lately is also coming out of Australia.

The reason I know this is that every week my co-host and I have to fill six hours of music on our radio shows, Livation, Livation AM and Livation Late on KXLU 88.9fm/ On good weeks we are able to scour online platforms and find a lot of the newest of the new, cool new music to fill that air time!

Of course, we throw in tracks we may already have, but we really try to aim for the new stuff. When looking on Bandcamp for what’s just come out there seems to be a good amount of music that you might think came out of 1960’s, fuzz-filled garages, mostly put out by people who’s parents were probably born after that decade.  Additionally, GREAT new punk sounds are abound!

I was asked to mention here some Australian bands we like and play, you might dig ’em, too. Listed after the jump, in no particular order…

From Melbourne:
Amyl & The Sniffers (of course), Ugly Kings, Split System, Heir Traffic, Two Headed Dog, Stiff Richards, The Pink Tiles, Rot TV, OUZO!, Civic, Plastic Section, Skink Tank, Drunk Mums, Specimens, Slush, Hearts & Rockets, Pinch Points, Bad Batch, Clamm,The Interceptor, Laughing Gear, Blonde Revolver, Wax Cactus, Jalang, Cable Ties, Speed Week, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

One The Street by Split System

Dead as Disco by Hearts & Rockets

From Sydney:
Tee Vee Repairman, Body Type, The Crankees, Dragged Down, Bloods, The Buoys, Gee Tee, R.M.F.C., Optic Nerve, C.O.F.F.I.N,

The Brood by Body Type

Other cities:
Square Tugs (Brisbane), The Owen Guns (NSW), Helta Skekta Records and The Ghoulies (Perth), Bad Dreams from Adelaide, and one we like a lot, Alien Nosejob, from Melton.

There’s also some that come out of smaller towns, like Shacked from Woy Woy, HOON from Wollongong, Mini Skirt from Byron Bay, just to name a few.

Australian music has come a long way since The Angels, Rose Tattoo, The Lime Spiders, Radio Bird Man, The Saints, Celibate Rifles, Hard-On’s and last, but not least, The Scientists.

They are all worth checking out for yourself, particularly if you’ve grown weary and possibly bored with what you’re hearing now. If you like it, why not buy it? Bandcamp will get bands paid for their music better than some other platforms. No, I don’t work for them, I just like the site.

Happy Listening, mate!



LIVATION airs on KXLU 88.9FM Los Angeles Wednesday nights at midnight to Thursday mornings at 2AM (PST). Deejays Robert & Hilary host and produce the show featuring a local or touring band playing LIVE on the air each week, with interviews following the performance. Listen worldwide on the live stream at or on the KXLU phone app. They also create The Intown Report, a listing of the best live shows in L.A., Orange County, and Ventura, available online at LIVATION has been on the air for 15 years having evolved from KXLU's HAPPY TRAILS (1990 - 2004) over 1400 bands having performed live between the two. Find out what bands are going to be playing live at:
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