Playlists: 6 Bands Keeping 80’s Alive in 2017

By Andrew Brassington

Call it dream pop, call it shoegaze, call it jangle pop, call it indie. One thing all these bands have in common is their love for the 80’s and wearing their influences on their sleeves. If you love bands like The Smiths, Joy Division and The Cure then you’re sure to love these Aussie bands keeping the sound alive.


Location: Sydney.

Sounds Like: If The Go Betweens had synths and were a bit more shouty.

For Fans Of: The Triffids, The Go Betweens, Talking Heads, Gang Of Four, The Hummingbirds.



Location: Melbourne.

Sounds Like: The first glimpse of sunlight after a thunderstorm.

For Fans Of: Ride, The Wedding Present, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Echo And The Bunnymen.



Location: Sydney.

Sounds Like: Your cool older cousin’s new wave mixtape from 1984.

For Fans Of: Early New Order, The Go Betweens, Devo, Blondie, Talking Heads, David Bowie circa ‘Let’s Dance’.



Location: Melbourne.

Sounds Like: Two lovers waving goodbye in the rain. Love Games blend the guitars of The Cure with vocals closer to Paul Dempsey of Something For Kate.

For Fans Of: The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Turnover, Newmoon.



Location: Brisbane

Sounds Like: Letting go of a huge group of balloons and watching them fly away into the sky.

For Fans Of: Happy Mondays, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Orange Juice, Hoodoo Gurus, Stone Roses, The Housemartins.



Location: Brisbane

Sounds Like: Your older brother’s super cool record collection that you aren’t allowed anywhere near.

For Fans Of: The Stone Roses, Pavement, Sonic Youth, The Smiths, Flying Nun Records.


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