The 6 best live bands in Melbourne according to Fierce Mild

Melbourne lads Fierce Mild are gearing up for a big tour to launch their new visual live show. The psych-rockers are set to stun punters with not just their woozy tunes but a dazzling array of lights and projections when they hit the road next week for their In Search of  Lost Time Tour. Given their tendency to kick ass in the flesh, we asked the bands who they rate as the six best kicking around their home town.

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If you can’t prove you’ve got the chops on the stage, then you ain’t got what it takes. Fierce Mild are at the top of their game and name 6 other Melbournites who are killing it.


These legends blew us away at Stargazed festival. Very tight and polished psych rock with a great stage presence. Their set opened with a great heavy disjointed guitar line, and continued with interesting dynamic and rhythmic elements. They really put their all into it and had the 250+ crowd completely engrossed.

Uncle Bobby

The first time we played with Uncle Bobby, he played solo as a one man band, switching between keyboards, touch pads and vocals, at the same time playing very well crafted psych. The second time we saw him he had metamorphosised into an inflated red balloon bouncing around with a full band backing him.

Dear Plastic

We arrived to perform at Brunswick Music festival and were immediately transfixed on the stage. Donned in a onesie, lead singer Scarlet owned the stage with her smooth fragile vocals reminiscent of Bjork, set with a backdrop of Frankenstein-esque home made synthesisers. Great electro / indie-pop with some glitch and trip hop elements in the mix.

Dada Ono

This band stemmed from front woman Nik Ranger, slowly evolving ideas that all began when she purchased a $20 keyboard in a Cambodian market. Now leading a full band Nik shifts effortlessly between her electric violin and vocals both of which she is highly competent. Great blend of tones, electro-pop , and lyrical interest.

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Romeo Moon

Slowly brooding collection of songs that wrap around your ears until you suddenly realise you’re completely submerged. Haunting vocals weave in and out of repetitive elements that are subtly evolving. Our last show with these guys saw singer Kevin Orr walk down through a full house mid-set at the Evelyn, pick up an acoustic and silence everyone with an un-mic’d solo performance. Chilling.

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Two drummers paired. Throbbing pulses throughout the set along with the bassist. Hard not to move to this music but with an ethereal touch of atmospheric vocals combined with low aggressive guitar lines. Hadn’t heard much before but were really impressed in our December show at Howler with them.

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