A is for Alpine, six friends from Melbourne who make bold, twinkling, sophisticated pop music. Their debut almost-self-titled record is a collection of vibrant songs that shimmer and shine with colourful harmonies and inventive melodies. Featuring the dual vocals of front women Phoebe Baker and Lou James, Christian O’Brien on guitar, Ryan Lamb on bass, Tim Royall on keys and Phil Tucker on drums, Alpine traverse diverse themes, ideas and sounds on the album, always assured, but never quite taking themselves too seriously.
No strangers to the benefits of shared ideas and the collaborative process, Alpine’s own methods for song writing reflect the strong and respectful working relationship they had with Hume. They take their time to write, with input coming from each band member as the process moves in a circular motion.
Since forming, Alpine have toured with the likes of Kimbra, Sia, Cloud Control, The Jezabels, The Naked And Famous and Matt Corby to name but a few, and have graced festivals across the country including Splendour In The Grass, Southbound and Falls Festival. They were invited to perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas in 2012 and surely must be able to claim some kind of record for playing 10 shows in a mere three days.
Tame Impala scored Album Of The Year with Lonerism!
BREAKTHROUGH electronic artist Flume and rock travellers Tame Impala have confirmed their arrival as homegrown superstars while Guy Sebastian finally broke his drought at the 2013 ARIA Awards.
Tame Impala, who closed the night with their swirling psychedelia and topped international critics lists last year, scored the prestigious Album Of The Year with Lonerism, as well as Best Group and Best Rock Album.
Perth rock outfit Tame Impala have been announced as the winner of the 2013 ARIA Award in the category of Best Album for their 2012 sophomore effort, Lonerism, which netted the band some of their biggest hits in the forms of singles Elephant and Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.
The band were up against some of the biggest names in Australian music, including Birds Of Tokyo, who were nominated for their album March Fires, Guy Sebastian for Armageddon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for Push The Sky Away, and favourite to win, Flume for his self-titled debut.
The band also took home the awards for Best Rock Album and Best Group, and were nominated in the category of Best Australian Live Act for their ‘Lonerism Tour’, losing out to Guy Sebastian. The band were also one of the scheduled performers for the ceremony.
You can see a full list of winners for the ARIA Awards 2013 below, amongst the other winners for the night included Flume, and the first winner of Australian Idol – Guy Sebastian, who both also won several awards.
The band made a memorable speech thanking their crew for “doing things while we sitting around eating soft cheese.”
Harley Streten wins bing at 2013 ARIA Awards
Flume is the stage name of 22 yr-old Harley Edward Streten, an Australian electronic music instrumentalist, producer and DJ. His debut self-titled album was released on 9 November 2012, which peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and No. 13 in New Zealand.
There was a lot of love in the room for Flume, who added Best Male, Dance Album and Breakthrough Artist to his Producer Of The Year award.
Flume, aka Harley Streten, joked he won Best Male and said “the coolest thing is I’m a producer, I don’t even sing.” Streten, 22, had even researched that no non-singer had ever won the award.
Best Dance Album
Breakthrough Artist – Release
Producer Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Album
Best Pop Release
Best Australian Live Act
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
‘ PUSH THE SKY AWAY’
Best Independent Release
Best Adult Contemporary Album
‘TO THE END OF THE EARTH’
Best Female Artist
ARIA Song Of The Year
Best Blues and Roots Album
‘A LITTLE DAY OUT WITH JUSTINE CLARKE’
Best Children’s Album
TOM & ALEX
‘THE BITS WE’RE LEAST ASHAMED OF’
Best Comedy Release
KASEY CHAMBERS AND SHANE NICHOLSON
‘WRECK & RUIN’
Best Country Album
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
‘BRING IT BACK’
Best Urban Album
Directed by Christopher Frey
‘TAKE ME HOME’
Best International Artist
ARIA Hall Of Fame
ARIA Industry Icon Award