5 Brisbane bands you need to check out: a list by TOISOC

Words by TOISOC.

It’s been a great couple of months for us. After the departure of our drummer Flynn, we’ve been working on getting our live show back to a solid standard with our new skin slapper, Pat. In between our various commitments we’ve spent our time working on a particularly unique video clip, filmed in our own home with a green screen, some bad ideas and heaps of whiskey.

The song, and theme of the video clip is heavily inspired by our friend Mr. Woods and his hilarious, drunken fascination with the Wild West. The song McAllister itself is a short, fun, thrashy polka, and is just one of the tracks off our new self titled, self produced EP – to be released at Solbar on August 4th and The Zoo on August 17th.

As well as working on our own new tracks, we’ve been lucky enough to spend some time catching a few bands around Brisbane and we thought we’d share some of our highlights of the past six months.


Some of these bands are good friends of ours, some are just too remarkable not too mention, either way; we think they’re worth checking out.

Rugged Coast

Long term mates of ours Rugged Coast play some seriously catchy lo-fi rock that’s riddled with witty, relatable lyricism courtesy of our own new drummer and RC frontman, Patrick Irwin.

Keep your ears peeled for the re-recorded, spruced up version of their debut EP Lemon, it’s packed with a bevy of jangly “scuzz pop” tunes that will really satisfy your need for some easy listening.

Fight Ibis

A Fight Ibis live set is seriously something else, these fellas know how to put on a rock show. This band’s own brand of riffin’, groovy rock is reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine, Chili Peppers, and something else altogether.

There’s no doubt they’ll go far, and we’re sure they’ve got plenty more in stock for us all.

Sid’s Balcony

This is a new project from our friend James Massingham. The music he’s put together really exposes his intuition as a songwriter and, from what we can tell, it’s a great insight in to his own personal style of music.

The single Before You Forget boasts an incredibly catchy, Gengahr-like hook line, which we’ve all caught ourselves jiggin’ to since its release.

Polygon Woods

Polygon Woods is the psychedelic lovechild of our mates Chris Tilbury and Joel De Vita, and we promise; it’ll only take you one listen to realise the incredible potential this project has.

These two fellas have nailed the formula; luscious synths, phasey guitars and punchy drums acting as a bedrock for frontwoman Bec Tilbury’s gorgeous, soaring vocals – what more could you want? With only two live shows under their belt, but an already solid catalogue of songs, it’s bound to be a big year for this band. Check out their Post Space EP on Spotify.

Pink Matter

We caught this band’s set at Jungle Love 2017 and we’re all blown away. These ladies combine their individual, virtuosic talent and musical knowledge to create a neo-soul sound that’s driven by drums, bass and keys – perfectly complimented by Kerry Raywood’s buttery lead vocals.

It’s refreshing to see a band on the scene with such talent and solid understanding of their own style. Check out their latest single Cleo for a taste of their soulful sound, similar to that of Hiatus Koyote.


Listen to Toisoc’s new single McAllister below, and be sure to catch them live on the following dates:

August 4 – Solbar, Maroochydore – Details
August 17 – The Zoo, Brisbane – Details