Dog Is Dead

An Evolving Genre

by Melina Scarfo

Indie has become a rather vague term in music. Originally it was used to describe bands or artists signed to an independent label but that is no longer the case. Now indie has evolved into a genre which takes influences from pop, rock and alternative music. With the endless supply of new bands emerging on the internet it can be difficult to find ones worth listening to. So here are five indie bands who are the best at what they do, making feel good music which we love.

First on the list is a band called Dog Is Dead, and they have been delighting fans with their clever indie-pop tunes since 2008. After touring with bands such as Bombay Bicycle Club and developing their live sound, they released their debut album ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ in October of last year. Dog Is Dead combines uplifting melodies, choir like vocals and elements of jazz to create a joyous sound which can’t help but make you smile.

Top tracks: “Glockenspiel Song” and “Do The Right Thing
Buy: ‘All Our Favourite Stories’
Based in: Nottingham, England

Last Dinosaurs

Like many young Australian bands, Last Dinosaurs gained success after posting their demos on Triple J Unearthed. Their debut record ‘In A Million Years’ is the perfect summer soundtrack filled with infectious, pop hooks and danceable tracks. As self-proclaimed perfectionists, Last Dinosaurs pride themselves on their clean and refreshing sound, avoiding the use of distortion.Fans of guitar-based pop,this could very well be your new favourite band.

Top tracks: “Zoom” and “Andy
Buy: ‘In A Million Years’
Based in: Brisbane, Australia

The History of Apple Pie

Following in the footsteps of bands such as Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, The History of Apple Pie create a nostalgic sound with their use of feedback-heavy guitar. But this is not your average lo-fi, noise pop band. Lead singer Stephanie Min’s sugar coated vocals and melodies set them apart from the rest. The History of Apple Pie’s debut album ‘Out of View’ was only released in January this year but they are well on the way to making a name for themselves. Even if it is a rather long one!

Top tracks: “Mallory” and “Do It Wrong” 
Buy: ‘Out of View’
Based in: London, England

Swim Deep

Despite not having released an album yet Swim Deep have already gathered a massive following. Currently one of the most talked about bands to come out of the UK they are praised for their bright and feel good tunes. They say their influences are the weather and that is certainly true as their sound is inspired by a range of genres. Swim Deep create music which you can escape into, so keep an eye out for their debut album ‘Where the Heaven Are We’ which is due for release August 5th.

Top tracks: “She Changes The Weather” and “Honey
Buy: ‘She Changes The Weather’ EP
Based: Birmingham, England

Glass Towers

It is an exciting time for Sydney’s Glass Towers. With a debut album set to be released next month and a national Australian tour this is the beginning of a bright future. Glass Towers have toured with bands such as The Kooks and TOY, showcasing their vibrant energy and talent for clever song writing. Jangly guitars and soaring choruses, you can’t help but dance to their contagious tunes. ‘Halcyon Days’ drops on July 5th so make sure you pick up a copy.

Top tracks: “Jumanji” and “Halcyon
Buy: ‘Collarbone Jungle’ EP
Based in: Sydney, Australia