Hailing from a city in which indie popsters make all the rules, Aerials are breaking the mold to carve a place all of their own. The reputation of these three Brisbane natives has built fast on the back of a live show that is a blistering reminder that rock is still alive in this country. Receiving nods from Triple J Unearthed, RAGE and Channel V, the band wasted no time in hitting the stage with acts such as Calling All Cars, Closure in Moscow and The Red Paintings.
In their first year as a band, Aerials headlined three east coast tours in support of their singles ‘Silhouettes’, ‘Black & Blue’ and ‘Patient Parades’. All three tracks received rotation on Triple J Unearthed radio and got extensive spins on community radio stations around the country. Holding strong to the DIY motto, the accompanying music videos were hands-on affairs which resulted in experimentation with projectors in fast cars, destruction of countless items of furniture and a couple of brushes with law enforcement.
The debut EP dropped in 2013, supported by a massive run of 15 sweaty shows all the way from Cairns to Adelaide. With Forrester Savell (Karnivool/Dead Letter Circus) manning the desk, lead single ‘Firefights’ is a rock anthem in rave territory which earned them a Highly Commended Award from Queensland Music and a headline slot at Bigsound.
2014 was a break from the road, but a breakthrough as a band, following a week together in the wilderness to pen new material. A contradiction to the environment, the forthcoming EP is a collection of chaotic but cohesive pop with synthesized riffery and crunching beats, laced with the soaring and commanding croons of vocalist, Jackson Walkden-Brown. The EP’s teaser track ‘Symptoms’ received another Highly Commended Award from Queensland Music in the Rock category.
Supported by an east coast capitals run in March, upcoming single ‘Burn Burn Burn’ is a cathartic stomper channeling the grandeur of Arcade Fire and the fury of System of a Down. The sophomore EP, ‘Restless’, is due winter 2015.
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