Here's a handful of success stories unearthed by triple j...
BOY & BEAR - 2010
After winning the 2009 Homebake Unearthed competition Boy & Bear went on to win the 2010 J Award for Unearthed Artist Of The Year. Their Crowded House cover ‘Fall At Your Feet’ was voted in at number 5 in that years’ Hottest 100 and their track ‘Rabbit Song’ came in at 45. They’ve toured nationally and overseas with the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Mumford & Sons, and Laura Marling. They’ve played Festivals from Australia’s own Splendour In The Grass and Golden Plains to the biggest in the USA: Lollapalooza and SXSW. Having now released their debut album ‘Moonfire’ we can't wait to see how far they'll rise.
STONEFIELD - 2010
After winning Unearthed High 2010 the Findlay sisters have leapt from their farm near Gisborne Victoria to the world stage. Their triple j produced track ‘Through the Clover’ was a smash hit on air and they followed through with electrifying live performances supporting British India and The Cat Empire. They were nominated for a J Award in 2010 and scored a spot on the triple j showcase at the One Movement Festival where they so impressed the booker for Glastonbury that he signed them on the spot to play. Since their blistering Glastonbury set they’ve also been booked for the Queenscliff Music Festival and Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles.
GYPSY & THE CAT - 2010
Receiving massive amounts of airplay from triple j for both tracks that were uploaded on Unearthed, Gypsy & the Cat quickly built a huge reputation for themselves here and overseas, being played on Mark Ronson's radio show in New York and playing the NME weekender festival in London. They were nominated for a J Award in 2010 and three tracks from their debut album “Gilgamesh” appeared in The Hottest 100 of the same year. They’ve had massive shows at the Splendour, Parklife, and One Movement festivals and have supported the likes of The Strokes, The Foals and even Kylie Minogue.
THE JEZABELS – 2010
The Jezabels had a massive 2010. Starting on New Year's day opening the Field Day festival for triple j Unearthed, 2010 saw them tour nationally with Tegan and Sarah, Katie Noonan, and Josh Pyke, and play several sold out gigs of their own. They enjoyed consistent triple j airplay and their songs were picked up on stations across the world. They were nominated for a J Award and had two tracks in the Hottest 100 of 2010. In their short career they’ve already toured America, Canada, Europe and played festivals such as Big Day Out, Falls, Pyramid Rock, Laneway, Splendour In The Grass and the triple j One Night Stand in Tumby Bay, SA. Their debut album “Prisoner” released in September 2011 is sure to see them continue to rise.
THE MIDDLE EAST - 2009
The Middle East had an exciting year rising from obscurity to become one of the most exciting buzz acts of 2009. With dedication and enchanting live shows they garnered fans around the country at every major festival. Releasing a highly acclaimed debut EP ‘Recordings of the Middle East’ followed by an equally impressive debut record ‘I want the works they you always happy’ released in 2011. In between they enjoyed international success including playing in SXSW in Texas, and the Coachella Festival in California.
WASHINGTON - 2009
Washington is headed by chanteuse Megan Washington, and won our Melbourne Big Day Out competition in 2009. Several tracks from her EP How to Tame Lions have received high rotation on triple j and she has toured across Australia playing several festivals and appearing at triple j’s tribute to Paul Kelly – Before too Long, One Night Stand in Alice Springs, and is a regular on ABC’s Spicks and Specks. In 2010 she won best female artist and best breakthrough artist at the ARIA’s after releasing her incredibly successful debut album ‘I believe you liar
PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY - 2009
2009 was a busy year for our Sydney Big Day Out Competition winners. They went to all corners of the country to play live, literally spending more weeks on the road than off. After selling out their own national headline tour they released their first self-produced EP which spawned three triple j hit tracks. They then released their debut album “Hope is for Hopers’ which received a coveted j award nomination for album of the year.
SETH SENTRY - 2009
With 43,000 downloads Melbourne MC Seth Sentry has the most downloaded track on triplejunearthed.com ever. After being discovered on triplejunearthed.com, Seth Sentry’s ‘The Waitress Song’ quickly became the most requested song on triple j’s Super Request, beating big guns like the Gossip and Phoenix every night resulting in being voted number 31 in 2009’s Hottest 100 countdown.
ART VS. SCIENCE - 2008
Art Vs. Science took out our 2008 Splendour in the Grass competition after only forming 6 months prior. They blew the crowd away, pulling a bigger crowd as the first act of the day than many of the headliners. Since then they have gone from strength to strength - and festival to festival, ending 2008 with ‘Flippers’ reaching number 44 in the Hottest 100 countdown. In 2009 they released their self-titled debut EP and went on to receive an ARIA nomination for best breakthrough act. Thier single ‘Parle Vous Francais’ was voted number 2 in the 2009 Hottest 100 countdown. After the release of their self titled debut album they once cracked the top 10 in the 2010 Hottest 100 with their track ‘Magic Fountain’ taking out ninth place.
JOHN STEEL SINGERS - 2008
Since winning Unearthed's Brisbane leg of 2008 Big Day Out Brisbane's John Steel Singers, have shared the stage with Polyphonic Spree (USA), Built To Spill (USA), Kelley Stoltz (USA), The Brunettes (NZ), The Panics and The Panda Band. With a packed touring schedule and festivals including Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Playground Weekender, and Sunset Sounds under their belt. JSS have spent time in the UK and New York recording their mini LP The Beagle and the Dove.
CASSETTE KIDS - 2008
Cassette Kids have certainly taken advantage since winning the Unearthed Sydney 2008 Big Day Out Competition. They scored national tours with Lily Allen and The Presets and scored a record deal with Sony Records, the resulting album ‘Nothing on TV’ to be released in 2010.
LITTLE RED - 2007
Little Red were first featured by triple j Unearthed in 2007. They went on to be selected as a triple j Next Crop artist that year, and the next year ‘Coca-Cola’(from their debut album “Listen To Little Red”) came in at number 47 in The Hottest 100. They released their second album “Midnight Remember” in 2010 and secured their position as stars of the Australian music community. The first single from the album ‘Rock It’ scored 2nd place in The Hottest 100 of 2010 and the second single ‘Slow Motion’ came in at number 79. They’ve toured with Kasabian, Vampire Weekend, Spoon, and Blondie, and played festivals such as Big Day Out, Pyramid Rock and Splendour In The Grass.
OH MERCY - 2007
Oh Mercy took the stage as Melbourne winners of our 2007 Big Day Out Competition. They went on to tour continuously including national support slots with Sparkadia, Kaiser Chiefs, Little Birdy, & Ben Kweller, Lisa Mitchell and Ben Folds. In 2009 they released their debut album – ‘Privileged Woes’ to critical acclaim and scored both a J Award and Australian Music Prize nomination for album of the year.
YOUNG & RESTLESS - 2006
After winning our 2006 Homebake competition, Young and Restless soon found themselves in increasing demand. Tours across the country with the likes of Erase Errata, Cansei De Ser Sexy and Love Is All followed. Picked up by local independent label, Dot Dash, the band's self-titled debut was released in 2007 and they embarked on a successful headline tour. They disbanded in 2009.
UNPAID DEBT - 2004
4-piece Sydney act - Unpaid Debt
Unpaid Debt began its life in Western Sydney in June 2000, playing to a healthy following in community venues like the Melrose Hall in Emu Plains. They have now moved to Sydney and say that the city is starting to show through in their music.
Since winning Unearthed the band have been giving the live circuit a workout. Big guns they've supported include The Mad Caddies, Goldfinger, Against Me!, New Found Glory, Guttermouth, One Dollar Short, The Hard-Ons, and The Vandals
+ Listen to their winning song 'Verity'
SHIFTER - 2004
Shifter standing tall.
Shifter beat over 1500 entries from Queensland with their addictive power-pop track
Listen to the 'Butter'
They've since clocked up shows with Grinspoon, The Living End, Eskimo Joe, Spiderbait,
Shihad, Evermore and Blondie.
In 2005 the band jetted to Los Angeles and played at the legendary Roxy nightclub.
SOPHIE KOH - 2003
Sophie was born in New Zealand and has lived in Singapore, Malaysia, Melbourne and
Sophie was 15 when she wrote her first song. 8 years later she was unearthed in
Darwin with her track 'Easily Broken'.
Listen to 'Easily Broken' re-recorded by triple j
"I remember the first time 'Easily Broken' came on the radio, I was driving my car
and had some friends with me. I tried to turn off my CD player, thinking that I
had left my demo CD in there, but, of course, I couldn't. The song was on the radio,
it was unreal." - Sophie Koh
She's built up a reputation as an engaging live performer and has gone on to support
acts such as Eels, The Go-Betweens, Betchadupa, Pete Murray, Alex Lloyd, Paul Dempsey,
Ember Swift and Mick Thomas.. In 2005 Sophie released her debut album 'All The Pretty
THE FUZZ - 2002
The Fuzz outside their 'headquarters' in Mt Lawley
As the hardest working band in WA, The Fuzz have been playing gigs non stop since
being unearthed November 2002.
They play guitars. Loud. Their energetic sound has led them to play at the Big Day
Out in Perth and as supports for Mudhoney, The Breeders, Hard Ons, Spiderbait, Jebediah,
Brad and the Breeders.
Listen to their winning song 'The Bomb'
MISSY HIGGINS - 2001
Missy Higgins performs at Homebake 2004
Missy Higgins was still in high school when her song: 'I'm all for Believing' won
our 2001 Melbourne Unearthed Compeition.
+ Listen to her winning entry
Rather than rushing into a recording studio she chose to take a year off backpacking
around across Europe and writing more songs which became the basis for a self titled
EP. The lead track 'Greed for Your Love' was voted into our Hottest 100 in 2003.
Since then she's certainly been busy! In 2004 she debuted at #1 on the Australian
singles charts with her Scar EP. The title track notched up ten weeks at #1 on the
airplay charts and became the most played song on Australian radio for 2004. To
top this, her debut album 'The Sound of White' was released in September the same
year and has gone on to be quadruple platinum.
Back in 2001 Missy Higgins performed in our Melbourne studios after winning
. Watch her performing
I'm All For Believing
ENDORPHIN - 1996
'Relapse' was the track that we Unearthed in 1996. Endorphin aka Eric Chapus signed to Sony and sold 15,000 copies of his debut album "Embrace".
He's had an impressive career since, including a huge and gruelling National tour in 2003 which took in 67 gigs that swept through every city and state and many regional towns. He's currently working on a new album - 'Shake it'.
KILLING HEIDI - 1996
Who would imagine that a tiny town of 2000 citizens - Violet Town, could produce
a band with such a huge sound? 'Kettle' was the song which caught our attention
in 1996. Despite being only 16 and 18 at the time, vocalist Ella Hooper and her
brother Jesse had created a powerful and original sound.
Since winning Unearthed
they have gone on to become an Aussie success
story. Their debut album "Reflector" hit #1 and they won 4 ARIA awards in 2001.
Killing Heidi's are due to release their 4th album in 2006.
GRINSPOON - 1995
Grinspoon performs at Byron Bay, Splendour in the Grass 2004
The guys from Grinspoon had only just formed when they heard about Unearthed
They entered a song called 'Sickfest' that went on to be the co-winner. 'Sickfest'
then became triple j's number one requested song for 7 weeks and the band Grinspoon
was well and truly born.
Grinspoon are regulars at Australian music festivals and have built a strong local
following since winning Unearthed
. After being nominated 9 times
they finally won their first ARIA award in 2005 with 'Thrills, Kills & Sunday
Pills' winning best 'Rock Album of the Year'.
To find out more about our past winners, explore our archived site from Unearthed 2002-2004