10 of the greatest Australian rock bands of the last decade

If you were to try to make a list of great Aussie rock bands, chances are you’d start mentioning classic Aussie bands of yore, including AC/DC, Midnight Oil, INXS and a litany of others.

But what about more modern bands doing their part to put the Australian music scene on the map?

We decided to take a look back at some of the Australian rock bands that have made a name for themselves over the past decade and are doing their best to ensure that the Australian music scene retains its swagger and attitude.


Formed in the middle of the last decade, Kingswood spent a lot of time perfecting their craft before delivering their debut EP, change of heartin 2012. Encouraged by the success of their EP, Kingswood soon entered the studio to polish a debut album, Microscopic Warswhich was released in 2014. They had a sudden and heavy impact on the local rock scene and were quite naturally chosen to support AC/DC and even Aerosmith on their Australian tours.

After releasing his second album After hours, near dawn In 2017, Kingswood spent the better part of the year garnering rave reviews and taking their live show on the road to fans on their nationwide “Kingswoodus Maximus” tour.

As the album saw them move away from the outright rock that had become their signature, they matured and diversified their sound, which they believe any great rock band should feel free to do – all perfectly captured in this live clip:


Face the camp

Only a few years old, Camp Cope have quickly become one of the best rock bands Australia has to offer. Fronted by Georgia Maq, the band’s emotional and powerful playing style has won them fans around the world, even catching the attention of American punk legends Against Me! who chose Camp Cope to support them on their Australian tour earlier this year.

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If that’s what Camp Cope has accomplished in just two years, their future looks very bright.

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Violent Soho

If you want to get really technically, Violent Soho has actually been around since 2004, but the majority of the band’s success didn’t actually happen until a few years ago. After a few relatively quiet outings, Violent Soho’s hungry ghost took Australian music fans by storm, with tracks like “Covered In Chrome” and “Saramona Said” becoming rock scene anthems.

More recently, WACO saw the band grow from underground legends to top musicians whose influence is felt far and wide. Needless to say, Violent Soho certainly deserves the success they’ve spent so many years working hard to achieve.

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The Preatures

When The Preatures started in 2010, no one knew how cool the band would become. Led by the incredibly charismatic Isabella Manfredi, The Preatures use the influences of acts like The Pretenders and Divinyls to create a brand of brilliantly accessible alternative rock that has been hailed by critics around the world.

With a tendency to create some of the most infectious we’ve heard in recent years, The Preatures are undoubtedly on their way to becoming one of the biggest names in Australian rock in no time.

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DZ Deathrays

Since their inception in 2008, DZ Deathrays have consistently relied on their sound to provide rock fans with one of the most relentless and heaviest live shows delivered by an Australian rock band in quite some time. With just a guitarist and a drummer in the mix, DZ Deathrays manage to pump out some brilliant tunes that have been melting the faces of live music fans for quite some time now.

With the band’s long-awaited third album on the way, fans are gearing up for another serving of riffs, attitude and driving beats from one of the coolest rock bands to ever come out of Brisbane.

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stone field

Alright, you love rock music, but rock music doesn’t have to be searing riffs and screaming vocals, sometimes it’s good to rediscover some of the rock genres that have somewhat been abandoned. After winning Triple J’s Unearthed High competition in 2010 as Iotah, Stonefield has spent the last few years creating some of the best psychedelic rock tracks this side of the ’60s.

With influences that include some of the biggest names in rock, the Findlay sisters have even managed to catch the attention of legends of the genre, being chosen to support Fleetwood Mac on their 2016 Australian tour. It can’t get better than that, isn’t it?

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gang of young people

Gang Of Youths made almost every Aussie rock fan in the country stand up and take notice of the release of their debut album Posts in 2015. Sporting a unique brand of indie-rock mixed with a more wordy and soulful approach, Gang Of Youths’ profile has risen considerably in recent years, with the band recently taking the top spot on the ARIA charts with their second record, Go further in lightness.

With their live shows feeling more like a spiritual gathering than a traditional gig, Gang Of Youths will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most magnetic and critically acclaimed rock bands to come out of Sydney. For years.

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Polish club

In the space of a year, Polish Club have gone from one of Australia’s best kept secrets to one of Australia’s most in-demand rock duos. Calling themselves “the loudest fuckin’ soul band you’ve ever heard”, Sydney’s Polish Club have spent the last year providing audiences with a frenzied live spectacle that could not be replicated by a band counting twice. more members.

With the duo set to release a new EP very soon and an aptly named ‘Christmas in December’ tour with Adelaide’s West Thebarton taking place at the end of the year, the Polish Club are set to continue their reign as one of Australia’s most exciting couples.

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High tension

Formed as a sort of supergroup of some of the biggest Australian underground rock bands of the time, High Tension have spent the past five years establishing a name for themselves as one of the hardest working and most powerful bands on the scene. Australian music.

Led by the incredibly brutal vocals of Karina Utomo, High Tension have turned heads everywhere they go, going from underground favorite to one of Australia’s most revered hard rock bands in just a few short years.

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The Adelaide Grenadiers trio have been touring for several years now, managing to deliver a unique brand of rock that has been influenced by names as heavy and frenetic as Queens Of The Stone Age, The Bronx, Melvins and The Hives. After releasing their second album, Summerin 2015, the band are currently gearing up to release their third album, and fans couldn’t be happier.

With a tendency to put on some of the most jaw-dropping shows you’ve ever seen, the Grenadiers are one of those rock bands whose live shows should definitely be on any Aussie music fan’s bucket list.

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Kingswood’s 2017 ‘Kingswoodus Maximus’ Tour

Supported by The Vanns and Dear Seattle

Tickets on sale now

friday october 6
Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Saturday October 7
Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA

Thursday October 12
Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, Queensland

friday october 13
Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, Queensland

Saturday October 14
Magnums, Airlie Beach, Queensland

Sunday October 15
Mount Pleasant Hotel, Mackay, Queensland

friday october 20
The Met, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday October 21
Night Quarter, Gold Coast, Queensland

Sunday October 22
The North, Byron Bay, NSW

Thursday October 26
Coffs Hotel, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

friday october 27
Subway Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales

Saturday October 28
The Long Jetty Hotel, Central Coast, NSW

friday november 10
Whalers, Warnambool, VIC

Saturday November 11
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

friday november 17
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

saturday november 18
Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

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