As we approach the end of 2018, with so many big eruptions from bands and artists this past year, it’s time to look forward to the new year and see which artists are going to be big in 2019. Coming from someone with a penchant for punk and ‘90s alternative rock bands, these are my top picks for acts to keep your eye on in 2019, in no particular order.
First on this list is Aburden, a five-piece melodic hardcore group from Melbourne. They released their debut EP The Last Goodbye in October this year via Greyscale Records, which featured hit single ‘Need You’. With tour dates already lined up for the new year, including their EP launch at Northcote Social Club, this is certainly an act to keep tabs on.
Next up is Loose End, whose members are made up of half inner city Melburnians, and half Horsham-natives, though they all live in Melbourne now. Forming in 2016 and releasing their debut EP shortly thereafter, their sophomore EP came out in November this year called Overthinking Everything I Know. Lead single ‘Jordan Street’ has themes of childhood and nostalgia. With their EP launch in February at The Catfish in Fitzroy and talks of more music, they are definitely ones to watch.
Drown This City have been around since 2015 and broke waves very early in their career when they were the opening act to Falling in Reverse’s 2016 Australian tour and were invited to perform at UNIFY Gathering in 2017. They have also been invited back for the festival’s 2019 run. They released single ‘Third Law’ in April 2018 which was more aggressive and complex than previously heard by the band. When performing live, the band is a powerhouse, with Alex’s dynamic clean and harsh vocals keeping momentous energy on stage. As a band that has been steadily building a name for themselves since their formation, they are on the verge of something really big.
Bearclaw Camp hail from Adelaide and formed in 2015. They released their debut self-titled EP in June 2016 and then released new single ‘Colour Me’ in November this year. After the release of their EP they’ve landed support slots for bands such as Neck Deep, With Confidence, Mooseblood and Knuckle Puck. Their music is heartfelt and engaging and the themes are relatable. The band finds themselves regularly on the road, meanwhile they’ve just announced more music is coming in 2019, so stay tuned.
Jungle Breed are from Melbourne and are a three-piece rock band playing laid back and chilled out garage rock tunes. Playing regular gigs at The Grace Darling Hotel, The Ev and The Toff amongst others, this band, although young, is definitely on the rise. Their single ‘Wasterr’, released in June 2018, features call and response alternating vocals and offers a taste of what’s to come.