5 artists from South Australia we’re digging right now

With the launching of our Australia-wide (and now NZNeedle in the Hay competition, over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you our favourite artists from each state in the country. So far we’ve taken a shot at Western Australia and Victoria, and today we make our way along the Great Australian Bight for a closer look at South Australia.

Nestled away in the down under of down under, the South Australian scene looks better and better every day. While pub rock reigns supreme, splinter artists are starting to pave the way for brimming pop and electronica scenes. Here are a couple of the acts we’re most excited about.

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West Thebarton Brothel Party by Jack Dawes

We’re looking all over Australia to give one artist the chance to press their record to vinyl. Here are 5 artists from South Australia we’re digging.

Horror My Friend

The realms of pop punk can be a spicy one, most music fans seem to love it or hate it. However you feel about it, there are acts who undeniably pull it off with legitimate finesse, and Horror My Friend are one of them.

There’s a grittiness to their tracks you can’t ignore, it’ll make you gnash your teeth while asking for more. Plus, their debut album Stay In, Do Nothing has a dynamite name.

Heaps Good Friends

Heaps Good Friends are a bold and poppy duo of, you guessed it, two best friends. They’re from Adelaide, but as this piece proves, Adelaide is far from the periphery of Aussie music, in fact Heaps Good Friends are bringing to the table a delicious mix of influences from all over. They’re lyrically bangin’ and it’s all swathed in a happy 80s cape of synth.

Their single Let’s Hug Longer and Cry Like A Psycho are a total killer and with a tune single coming on June 10th, it won’t be too long before we see Heaps Good Friends showing us exactly what South Australia can do.


Adelaide producer Sione Teumohenga aka Lonelyspeck is pretty liable to make you cry happy tears with his transformative, ethereal electronica, so if you’re not fully prepared for that kind of jazz, turn back.

His 2016 EP Lave is intimate, profound and utterly addictive, seeing massive radio play and streaming numbers all over Australia following its release. It will do things to you.

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Bad//Dreems are what you wish you sounded like, finally hitting the pub karaoke after a long night on the piss. Ragged rock flaunted underneath even more ragged vocals, it would be easy to fling these fellas to the side as another no-good, pub stomping four piece.

However their songs are so much more. Tackling everything from faux patriotism, to bikies in their hometown, to the loss of nationalism in Australian music, there are plenty of brains behind the sonic brawn. Their latest LP Gutful is around a month old now, it’s definitely worth a suss.

West Thebarton Brothel Party

Adelaide resident garage rockers West Thebarton Brothel Party have been around the block, witnessing more than a few altercations in their time. Sometimes, it’s not even their fault.

There’s a whole seven members kicking around in this band and it shows. Their sound is huge.


Needle In The Hay is a vinyl competition targeting the next generation of exciting musical talent across Australia. Find out all the details here.