WAMAwards 2019 Public Voting: Most Popular Act
Vote for this year's most popular West Australian act now!
Every year, as a part of the annual WAMFest and WAMCon celebrations, the WAMAwards reward and honour the best of West Australia's flourishing music scene. This year, one defined by the international domination of WA-raised musicians like Stella Donnelly and Carla Geneve, the WAMAwards represent something bigger: a chance to recognise those who have helped push WA music not just within the state, but on a larger national scale and then internationally too, whether it be those in-front of the cameras familiar to most, or those working behind-the-scenes to make sure it happens.
While many of the categories are voted by a collection of industry members, this year sees the return of the WAMAwards public voting, which makes a comeback - presented by Pilerats, mind you - to give the power to the people in a handful of the ceremony's most acclaimed awards. This year, public voting is open for five awards: Most Popular Live Act, Most Popular New Act, Most Popular Venue and the all-new Most Popular Act, a winner-of-winners-type award that'll go to the act chosen to have the greatest contribution to WA Music this year. Public Award voting closes at 11.59PM on Thursday, October 10th.
Here, you can vote for the 2019 WAMAwards' Most Popular Act category, featuring:
Grievous Bodily Calm
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
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This year's nominees:
Witnessing Carla Geneve in performance is akin to a sermon of fire and brimstone: it is an absolute sensory commandment of flesh and blood attention. The naked vulnerability underpinning the immediacy of her songs is emboldened by the raw and unbridled energy of her live shows that have captured the imagination of audiences across Australia...
Geneve then announced her signing to Remote Control/Dot Dash Recordings in February 2019, subsequently releasing a new single, 2001 which was placed into rotation on Triple J and praised by Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music. A rapturously received national tour followed, resulting in 2001 claiming the #1 spot on the AMRAP Australian Community Radio Charts …. Following a huge Grand Prize Win at the 2019 WAM Song of the Year Awards and having just returned from her debut North American tour in support of indie-pop act San Cisco playing to packed rooms across the USA & Canada, Geneve will embark on a national headline tour of Australia in support of her EP before preparing to record her debut album and touring nationally with Holy Holy from September-November.
Perth's Daybreak have been on the lips of the Australian heavy community for some time now … Between getting early support from triple j Unearthed, to playing sold-out rooms around the country with bands such as Polaris, Parkway Drive, Make Them Suffer & Alpha Wolf, the young five piece have had a taste of the road and now they are starving for more.
Their previous EP Death Dreams was lauded by Alt Press - saying that "Daybreak are shoring up the current wave of meaningful but merciless metal. As a young band with all the talent and insight to burst through a seemingly flagging genre, the group’s compact compositions present a force and nuance that could leave a lasting imprint on the scene." They followed that up with their biggest track to date, Acid Green - and now this three-Track EP makes good on all the promise they've shown to date. While the pure anger of their youth still remains, the bands sound has matured into its current state - leaving behind their high school beginnings and moving forward into young adult life. They’re not kids anymore, and they are more focused than ever! The new EP ‘Godfather’ shows the band refining their sound further, With 3 tracks coming from 3 different angles of the heavy genre as the band see it. Vocalist Shaun Cox describes this release as "...the true genesis of Daybreak."
Formed in mid-2018, Dulcie are a four-piece indie-pop girl band from Perth, Western Australia. Their mesmerising harmonies, smooth melodic layers, beautiful arrangements and driving rhythms set the foundation for the creation of songs like Fall, their debut single released in January 2019 and their second single Own Ground. Ashleigh Carr-White (keys and vocals), Saskia Brittain (guitar and vocals), Timieka Denton (bass and vocals) and Madison Hanley (drums) collaborate to write songs performed by any of the three vocalists. Dulcie have found fast success in the Perth music scene gigging heavily and supporting acts such as Mosquito Coast, Spacey Jane, Winterbourne, Demon Days, Riley Pearce and Great Gable, who they supported on their 2019 'Cool Mind Blue' national tour. After their appearance at Groovin The Moo in Bunbury this May, Dulcie are headed off to tour Aus supporting Sydney rock duo, Polish Club.
Perth alt rock/pop band FLOSSY, fronted by sisters Lauren & Sinead O'Hara, have just dropped new single Being Alone. With their catchy guitar hooks and signature harmonies in tow, a chant-worthy chorus and splashes of indie rock, Being Alone explores the beauty in learning to be OK without a significant other in your life … After the release of their debut self-titled EP in April 2018, they released their single Holiday in early 2019, and soon had two National tours under their belt. The 'Holiday' tour also included an appearance at the renowned St. Kilda Festival (VIC) on the New Music Stage amongst some of Australia's most popular up and coming acts. Holiday received strong praise from Triple J presenters and was featured on Triple J Unearthed Radio, as well as being one of the most played tracks in February at RTRFM 92.1. The WAM Nominated band (Most Popular New Act, 2017) have supported some big National and International names in a short time, most notably the likes of DZ Deathrays, Alex Lahey, Gyroscope, Jebediah, Abbe May, Luca Brasi, WAAX, Body Type, as well as Tigers Jaw (US), Radio Moscow (US), The Gooch Palms, and together PANGEA (LA)…
Grevious Bodily Calm
Grievous Bodily Calm are a beat music band from Perth, Western Australia. The quintet combines IDM, Jazz-Fusion, Rock, Hip Hop, and experimental improvisation to produce unique compositions. Since forming in late 2016 the band have had quick success, performing at Falls Festival, Gizzfest, Camp Doogs and supporting artists including Winston Surfshirt, Jordan Rakei, Sex on Toast and Donny Benet. In September 2017 the band released their debut album Thought Tapes Live – a seven-track live album capturing the audience’s active engagement with their adventurous constructions. The band has spent the early part of 2018 recording their debut studio album, Repel, including the single Footwork. Repel shows further attention on unconventional structures and strong melodies.
The monster that is the new Methyl Ethel album Everything Is Forgotten is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all sinewy, curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents. But ask its leader Jake Webb to explore those enigmas is met with a little resistance. “Ideally, I want the music to speak for itself, rather to present myself,” he explains. “When I was making music alone, before I had the band, it was genderless and without a paper trail of information about my past.”
What do you call a group of psychedelic songsters all grown up? A group who were often considered the younger sibling, who have come into their own? Artists who just released their best piece of work yet, and musicians who unleashed one of the rowdiest and strongest live touring sets 2014 witnessed? You call them POND.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - a four-piece psychedelic rock band from Perth who’ve been quoted as “Resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe.” - The Music. Highlights so far include supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom, Skegss, Black Mountain, releasing their debut album High Visceral Part1 and completing a national tour around Australia.
On the road to releasing their sophomore album this year, Sly Withers have Google Maps on their phone and petrol in their car, and they'll be seeing you real soon.
“...top notch emotive punk.” - TheMusic.com.au
“A vibrant & fresh taste to the Australian punk scene.” - New & Brave
As most bands do, Caleb, Kieran, Ashton and Peppa came together through blooming friendships and lucky connections. A few jams later, the bond was cemented and their debut gig in Caleb's dad's backyard kicked it all off. In the year that followed, Freo's very own garage-pop outfit Spacey Jane went from backyards to bright lights, sharing the stage with the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Alex Lahey, The Jungle Giants, British India, Olympia and The Stems, along with festival appearances at Wave Rock Weekender, Gizzfest 2017, Falls Downtown 2018 and WA Day's SOTA Festival. For relatively new kids on the block, they’ve had a very impactful start. Support from industry and fans continues to grow, with their tour in support of the latest single “Good Grief” being a sold-out affair. SJ will take a new single on the road once more in July, August and September, playing their biggest rooms to date. Onwards and upwards!
At the beginning of 2017, Donnelly released her debut EP Thrush Metal and was met with critical acclaim. The five-track release was written over the space of two years; a musical undertaking resulting in a bold and unapologetic repertoire of songs which has forged Donnelly to the forefront of the new guard of Australian songwriters. The second half of 2017 saw Donnelly receive invitations to perform at world-renowned music showcases in 2018; the UK’s The Great Escape and Austin’s SXSW. In November, Donnelly travelled to London to perform sold-out shows as part of The Great Escape’s ‘First 50’. Back on home soil, Donnelly won the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, as the ‘most outstanding talent’ at Brisbane’s Bigsound conference, a swathe of Western Australian Music Industry Awards, including Best EP, Best Folk Act, Best Single, Best Female Vocalist and Most Popular New Act. This was quickly followed by Australian national youth radio station Triple J awarding Donnelly the ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’s award…