Australian Music Is Bloody Great: Summer Flake
Summer Flake's driving force offers up Australian artists she personally loves and admires
Where do you hear great new Australian music these days? Community radio is one crucial outlet and Amrap – the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project - offers Australian musicians a pathway to airplay from the hundreds of community stations to a weekly listenership of nearly 6,000,000 people. Go to amrap.org.au to get your music to thousands of presenters using the site each month to find new Australian music. If you haven’t got your music on Amrap, what are you waiting for? Community radio uses Amrap to source Australian music for airplay. You can discover all the great Australian music championed by community radio on the Community Radio Plus App, featuring the diverse range of community radio stations nationwide in one handy spot!
Amrap’s national radio show Australian Music Is Bloody Great features Australian artists presenting their favourite recent Australian music. Australian Music Is Bloody Great’s previous hosts range from Dune Rats to Sampa The Great to Phil Jameison.
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This article originally appeared on amrap.org.au
Written by Joshua Kreusler
Stephanie Crase, the creative force behind Summer Flake, has made a significant impact on the Australian indie pop scene with her involvement in acclaimed bands like No Through Road, Birth Glow, Hit The Jackpot, and Batrider. Recently, Summer Flake unveiled their highly anticipated fourth album, One Less Thing. The album takes listeners on a sonic journey through nostalgic pop hooks and powerful guitar-driven tracks and to celebrate it's release, Stephanie takes the reins of Australian Music Is Bloody Great to shine a light on some of her favourite Australian contemporaries.
This is the project of Lucy Emanuel and Violetta Del Conte-Race. They recorded and released this really beautiful tape of folky, minimal synth-pop during lockdown. [They were] one of the first shows I saw out of lockdown and it turned out to be their first show at The Retreat in Brunswick, Victoria. It was a really beautiful kind of dynamic that made me think they must have known each other their whole lives, but no, it turns out they had only just moved in together. It was the start of a fun time. They now have a bigger band with guitar, saxophone and bass. The cassette EP has been re-released with Chapter Music. I have been hovering around them for a bit and finally got Lucy to play in my band. (woo!)
This is a real punk rock band from Melbourne, featuring members of Miss Destiny, Deathwish, Rabid Dogs, Annihilation Time, and Lecherous Gaze. I really want to shout out and champion the singer, Harriet Hudson-Clise, who has one of the wildest rock voices at the moment and is just an allround foghorn. We play in a band together called Skid City, and Harriet is just an awesome, supportive person in the Melbourne music scene. She's been booking shows for years and gives a lot of time, space, and encouragement to younger bands and musicians, especially women and gender-diverse artists.
Workhorse is a pretty special band to me from my hometown, Adelaide. Harriet Fraser-Barbour leads the band and also plays in heaps of other bands in Adelaide, including Fair Maiden. She runs this wonderful music festival called Half Strange. Workhorse generally makes this real pensive, haunting, reverb-y alt-country music with slide guitar, violins, and post-apocalyptic dream lyrics. It is really cool. Here they are paired with the post-punk, indie-rock band Delivery, but together they create this lush, peppy, melodic tune and it delivers!
MOD CON is Erica Dunn, Sara Retallick, and Raquel Solier, and they are all super talented musicians who also play in other bands. You might know Tropical F*** Storm, Golden Syrup, or Various Asses. But together, as MOD CON, they play super dynamic garage rock. It is unlike anything else and filled with great harmonies. I think three-piece bands are higher risk, higher reward, and they absolutely nail it.
I reckon the first time I heard of them (screensaver) was through their video clip for a song called Skin featuring Charlotte Zarb from a band called The Snakes. I've since gotten to see screensaver live a bunch, and I'm a huge fan. They just kill it live and are really tight and textured. They use amazing synths and things that I don't understand. Their bio describes them as movie post-punk and I reckon that nails it. Krystal Maynard is a really cool performer and front person.
This is off our new album. It is our fourth album and on Rice Is Nice. All the tracks are available on Amrap!