12 Australian Indie Bands you should know in 2020


For all the budding music enthusiasts, finding a new niche band you can connect with is magical. Australia is well known for its diverse culture. In our list, we have listed twelve of the top Aussie indie bands you need to check out in 2020.

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The Jungle Giants

A four-piece indie rock/pop band from Brisbane Australia. The Jungle Giants are currently signed to the Create/Control record label, they have released three albums since forming in 2011.


An alternative rock band hailing from Melbourne Australia. They have supported Aerosmith on tour and so far, have released two studio albums. In September 2019, the band released a new single titled “Messed It Up,” to help promote the release of their third album they are currently working on.

The Grates

Founded in the early 2000’s, The Grates started their career with a series of extended play songs featured on Australia’s Triple J radio station. Later, their first two albums have both achieved rankings in the top 10 ARIA Albums Chart. While the band has not produced any new music in the past few years, they continue to remain active.

The Getaway Plan

A Melbourne rock band formed in 2004. The Getaway Plan achieved attention in 2008 with their debut studio album Other Voices, Other Rooms. They have released another two studio albums: Requiem and Dark Horses, each album charting higher than the previous, currently played on Chillout Radio.

The Preatures

Originating from Sydney, The Preatures formed in 2010 after the members first met in 2008 at the Australian Institute of Music. Musically, their songs have been described as rock pop soul having transformed over the years with slow ballads and catchy rhythms. One of their notable achievements was in supporting Harry Styles during his Australia tour in addition to P!nk, Foo Fighters, and The Rolling Stones.

Closure in Moscow

Closure in Moscow is a progressive rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their first released came in 2008 with an extended play titled The Penance and the Patience. Closure in Moscow have since released two studio albums.

Tonight Alive

An Australia rock band from Sydney Australia. Tonight Alive have maintained their rock roots with interesting musical styles in each of their songs. Some releases are more pop like with others have a heavy alternative or emo sound. Tonight Alive have been compared to the American band Paramore. The band has released four different studio albums.

DZ Deathrays

Unlike traditional guitar bands, DZ Deathrays are a Brisbane based dance-punk trio using fresh electronic revival. The band has toured across multiple countries, the largest tour being the South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas.

The Griswolds

Originating from Sydney Australia, The Griswolds are an indie rock band with plenty of musical influences. The band achieved a spike in popularity when their song Beware the Dog was highly featured as part of Triple J’s 2014 Hottest 100 list. IndieBandGuru covered them before that.

San Cisco

A classic Australian indie pop band from Fremantle in Western Australia. In 2013 at the ARIA Music Awards the band was nominated for their excellent song Fred Astaire

Gang Of Youths

Gang of Youths have achieved unprecedented success. In 2017, the band had some struggles when the guitarist Joji Malani decided to leave the band. Despite the difficulties, their 2017 album Let Me Down Easy was wildly popular with the song Let Me Down Easy of the same title becoming popular on the music streaming service Spotify

Tame Impala

The most popular band on this list, Tame Impala are an Australia psychedelic music group from Perth. Initially having a slow early career, the band continued to develop their musical style which can be described by layering a symphony of sounds and by taking inspiration from the 1970’s psychedelic rock.

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  1. Steve

    Bootleg rascal for the win.

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