Last Thursday evening in Sydney, the Australian music industry got together for 11 gruelling hours (Red Carpet Arrivals 2pm to 1am for the ARIA after party) to celebrate the state of Australian music. There were some relieving moments, dont get us wrong, including the recognition of Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett who collected a bag full of awards for their respective releases. As for the rest of the awards, well we are not here to judge but we are here to LAM(B)ENT so in order to get over our uncertainty for many of the other choices, we threw our woolly paws into the air and said “heck” lets give our own awards out. Welcome to the first official TWLMA (The Wandering Lamb Music Awards), where we simply recognise those artists who we think deserved to win.
Best International Artist
ARIA went to One Direction
TWL award goes to Kendrick Lamar
Australian Song of the Year
ARIA went to Conrad Sewell for Start Again
TWL award goes to Crepes for Cold Summers
ARIA went to The Veronica’s for You Ruin Me
TWL award goes to LowTide for Julia/Spring
Directed by Jamieson Moore.
Best Dance Release
ARIA went to RUFUS for You Were Right
TWL award goes to World’s End Press for Tall Stories EP
Best Pop Release
ARIA went to Jarryd James for Do You Remember
TWL award goes to Crepes for Cold Summers EP
This is only an EP yes, but to encourage a band that is so talented and fresh to an otherwise testing music scene, Crepes deserve all the support they can get to break the shackles of small gigs and blitz the Australian music scene. Less is more…..these boys deserve it.
Best Australian Live Act
ARIA went to 5 Seconds of Summer
TWL award goes to Flight Facilities with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
The NME magazine back in February name the poor Aussie lads the worst live band of the year and yep, we have to agree, sorry boys.
Best Male Artist
ARIA went to Vance Joy
TWL award goes to Japanese Wallpaper aka Gab Strum
There is no denying that Vance Joy is a talented musician but we think that Gab Strum deserves every little bit of success he is getting on the international stage, without the need of marketing campaigns. With only a few releases to his name, the most recent release Forces ft Airling is perfection and simply beautiful, music from the heart and a young heart it is.
Best female Artist
ARIA went to Courtney Barnett
TWL award goes to Banoffee
Banoffee is the sweet solo sound of Martha Brown (Otouto), a Melbourne songwriter with a keen ear for vintage synthesizers and modern R-n-B. Her music reminds us of Moloko, Everything But The Girl, Roisin Murphy and all things wonderfully groove with a dusting of melancholy. We hope she gets the success she deserves as it is music like this that the Australian music scene needs to shake the obvious up a little bit more. We love Courtney Barnett, but she got a little greedy.
ARIA went to Tame Impala
TWL award goes to Tame Impala
Okay, we did think about making our alternative choice, but there is something quite warming when you see an Aussie band conquer the world in a few years. Tame Impala took the city of Perth around the world and in the space of 1 year and hundreds of live gigs, had the world paying attention to the Australian music scene. We are happy to support Aria for this one.
Best Rock Album
ARIA went to Tame Impala for Currents
TWL award goes to Royal Headache for High
Give this album just one listen and you will see what we mean. It is fierce, demands attention and down right gritty as gritty can be. Perhaps not rock, perhaps completely punk, but there was no category for that. It deserves every bit of attention.
Best Independent Release
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just
Holy Holy – When The Storm Would Come