By New Times
By Derek Askey
By Mark Deming
By Serene Dominic
By Jason Keil
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Jeff Moses
By Serene Dominic
You Am I — We've been friends with these guys for years. Their first albums, Sound As Ever and Hi-Fi Way, were big influences on us when we were first starting out. I remember seeing them play at the Metro in Sydney around that time and thinking they were seriously the best band I'd ever seen in my life.
Dapple Cities Fly — DCF are a Sydney indie band who opened for us on some dates we did down here earlier this year. We all really loved their twisted take on rock. Their album's just been released in America on an indie label, I think, and they're doing some touring over there, too, so if you get a chance to check 'em out, make sure that you do!
The Mess Hall — Okay, I need to declare a conflict of interest here. I co-produced an EP and an album for these guys, but I did that because I was a fan so they're in here on merit. Honestly! Think Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, but in a duo like the Black Keys, and you'll be close. They're the perfect soundtrack for beer drinking.
The Presets — There's a bit of a conflict of interest with this one, too, but again, even if I didn't know them, I'd still be recommending them. The Presets are an electronica duo, but with really strong songs. Julian [Hamilton] from [The Presets] played keys with us on all our Diorama touring, and is part of the family. They've done a lot of U.S. touring over the last few years and seem to have a real buzz going on now, which is great.
The Living End — We've done loads of shows with these guys and they're good friends of ours, but they're a great example of the strong live orientation I was talking about earlier. They've done thousands of gigs over the years and it really shows. They're just a great live band, and Chris [Cheney] is an amazing guitarist.