A list of the most influential Australian bands and artists of all time, compiled by Ballarat artists Gold Fields. The band is made up of Rob Clifton, Mark Robert Fuller, Vin Andanar, Luke Peldys, and Ryan D'Sylva. Check out our EP Gold Fields on iTunes.
Rob - Their album 'Beams' was one of the first reasons i started listening to more electronic music. I had never really listened to it before so it was all sort of new to me. So it then made me decide to buy a synth and wanting to start fooling around with different sounds that i could get out of it. I can remember hearing 'Are You The One' and thinking what a f**king cool song! 'Apocalypso' is also a f**king brilliant album. I think it was in like 2007 or 2008, around the time Apocalypso was released, I managed to see them play like 5 times in the one year and never got sick of seeing it once. see more on The Presets
Rob - My earliest memory of Crowded House was when my Dad used to sit around in our lounge room on a Sunday afternoon and play their greatest hits album. It wasn't until years later that I realised how great these songs actually were. Even though most of the band are from New Zealand, Australians have claimed them as our own, and why wouldn't we!! I think their sound and music has influenced a hell of a lot of bands and will go down as one of the best bands to ever come out of Australia (and New Zealand!!). see more on Crowded House
Mark - The first band I ever fell in love with was Ballarat band, Epicure. When I was in primary school their guitarist lived across the road from me and I would sneak over into their next door neighbour's garden and listen to them practice through the fence. When I got to highschool, I learned that I wasn't the only one who knew of Epicure.. Other kids who had older brothers and sisters knew of them too. That same year, Epicure released "Fold," and started getting played on the radio and I started seeing them at local underage shows. Vin and I were standing in the crowd at an Epicure gig when we decided to start writing our own music. That was about ten years ago. see more on Epicure
Mark - Empire of the Sun is two of my favourite modern day musicians making music together. When Walking On A Dream came out, it was everything I loved about music at the time and I get nostalgic when I listen to the album now. It reminds me of when I had no responsibilities and I'd just discovered that music was not only therapeutic during darker times, but that it could make you feel euphoric as well. The vocals for Treehouse were written in the months I had this album on repeat.
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Vin - These guys were probably the most influential bands for me when I was growing up. I first heard their song Freak when I was 9 years old but it wasn't until they released their third album, Neon Ballroom, when I really got into them and went back and bought their first two albums (Frogstomp and Freakshow). I remember listening to Neon Ballroom on repeat before I'd go to bed and I would just sit there listening to this incredible music and convinced myself that listening to it was more important than doing homework. When Mark and I played in a cover band when we were 13-14 years old, our repertoire consisted of mainly Silverchair songs and when we started our first original band, our music was heavily influenced by them - more than we ever really realised I think.
Mark and I saw them play at Rod Laver Arena when they toured their fourth album Diorama. I'd never seen anything like it at the time and they really inspired me to take music seriously.
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Vin - Got into these guys later in high school when I started listening to Triple J. They played a lot of their songs from the first album Sound Shattering Sound and I couldn't get enough of it. I think it was because of the raw sound and it was a style of Aussie rock I'd never heard of, which made get into it so much. When I first heard Doctor Doctor I was blown away and made me want to start writing music like that. Their second album Are You Involved? was a perfect progression from their first album for me. Their song writing and production took on a whole new level. The bass line in Fast Girl was one of the coolest things I'd ever heard and still go back and listen to it now. see more on Gyroscope
Luke - I loved the grunge and grittiness that came with their debut album Highly Evolved. They brought something new and daring to the Australian music industry, which has influenced a lot of other bands. Their live shows were hectic and I don't think they really gave a f**k. It was good. see more on The Vines
Luke - I know that one of the other guys will list Silverchair (and I know we are meant to be listing bands), but I think Mr Johns is one of Australias most influential musicians. Anything that he has worked on I have had a massive interest in. From his work with The Dissociatives to his production on The Scares album Oozevoodoo. A living legend and my favourite Australian artist. see more on Daniel Johns