Over 35 artists over 3 days
Featuring an eclectic mix of Gypsy Punk, Indie, Electro, Funk, Soul and Electronica.
Get excited for a real Inca Roads drawcard in Gold Fields. Dance-pop anthem masters, DIY geniuses, Ballarat Boys. Treehouse is a bloody irresistible - quintessential stuff for the local lads made good. Pretty sure they're the only bunch at Inca to have played live on American television. Coming off a smashing new album, an American and Australian tour, now, they'll be under the stars with us up on the Inca trail. Sorted.
Northeast Party House
Oh my, this will be something special. Absolutely killed the scene couple of years back with tracks like Pascal Cavalier. Haven't been seen around much of late as they've been hard at it recording, so we are a blessed bunch to be one of the first few crowds to see the new stuff live. By jove it's looking like it will be a cracker too if newsy Youth Allowance is anything to go by. Dance-punk delight. We can already see the crowd going b-nanas for it. It's got cowbell, nuff said. Oh yeah, Northeast Party House on the North West Temple Stage.
The teaming of Narayana Johnson's synth n' beats with Kalyani Ellis' keys and vocals is a match made in musical heaven. Part dance, part dub step, part damn good songwriting, Willow Beats have that ability to take you all kinds of places with their music - it's dreamy and neon but somehow earthly. Their self-titled EP contains five tracks of great chilled electro, and it's available for free download here. Check out Sawtooth' and Grom the Betrayer' if you're strapped for time, otherwise download the bugger, listen to it flat out and get your backside to Inca Roads to see the real deal.
The Woohoo Revue
Some real musicianship to look forward to this year as Woohoo Revue will undoubtedly have you in awe, scratching your heads as you try to pick the main musical influence (is it Swing?? Jazz?? GYPSY MAGIC??) But you'll stop scratching your head to discover ya legs and hips are doing their own thing and you'll forget what we were thinking about and just submit. Don't believe us? Watch them last year in the famous Spiegeltent performing Jinx. Yep you get it now.
The Barons of Tang
Wow, expect something from these guys. Dynamic genre melting madness. Kind of indescribable; a mixing pot of punk, folk, Balkan madness, jazz, polka, and sungods who knows what else gotta be seen to be believed kinda stuff. Check out Dogs of Rotterdam to get some idea of the insanity and genius in store for us this our year of the something.
Awwwww yeah (in a Barry White voice). Bringing bouncy, electro beat midi funk deliciousness to Inca Roads this year is the multi-talented Andras Fox. Makes the 80's sound sexier than any of us can remember, particularly on grooves like Soft Illusion. Talented in the art of forgotten nostalgia, Andras Fox bringing some slow sultry to the Inca plain.
Harmonious, eccentric, melancholic, uplifting a band of real diversity and contradictions, but believe us it works. Proper songwriters too, point in case Ferns. There's a darker, more ambient electro tone to Coming Back to You just to prove our point about diversity. A whole bunch of influences ranging from sub-genres of rock, electro and folk are filtered through crafty song writing to make Playwrite one to really keep an eye on.
Do it Ya-self master Fergus Miller (aka Bored Nothing) has been consistently putting out glorious tracks these last few years. The Melbournian multi-instrumentalist draws on a plethora of artists, influences and styles, shaping it all into something amazingly individual. Charmingly existential with a lo-fi grunginess and washed out laconic-ness that sure as heck ain't as boring as the name might suggest. Look we could harp on about all the forms, genres and bands that end up in the mix but see (well, hear) for yourself as there's a lot to like, least of all Popcorn and the heartbreaking Why Were You Dancin' With Those Guys.
Lurch and Chief
Yea sungods they were good last year. Heavy hitting, harmonious schizoid geniuses Lurch and Chief are back to impress yet again. Have been spending their time in between Incas playing with the who's who of Melbourne's scene at the where's where of venues and dropping new gems like We Are the Same. Can't get enough of the vocal interplay of Hayden Somerville's 60's garage yell and Lili Hall's PJ Harvey-esque croon and yelp. Meet You on Planet Z went down a treat last year, fingers crossed for a repeat, but we doubt we'll have to wish too hard.
Tully on Tully
Looking forward to the rousing vocals of Natalie Foster and Tully on Tully as the Ballarat up-and-comers grace the roads of Inca. Indie pop rock that sways between the dark, the groovy, and the ethereal. Try Stay for a taster, well worth it for so many reasons including the duelling vocals of Foster and one Hayden Calnin. Powerful stuff.
Back for another turn after blowing everyone's mind last year on the temple stage. Here's what we said about them last year Animaux are one of those young bands who play old soul jazz and funk like they were THERE back in the day, but manage to blend it into something new and distinct. They play like old souls on young bods. Yep we stand by that. One of, if not the highlight of last year. This one killed it, their cover of Passion Pit's Little Secrets as did their original Wave of Change. Very, very excited to get jivey again this year, we don't ask people back for just any reason.
Some couplings just work in the music world and the old soul vocals of Hannah Lesser and the beat maestro Julius Downson are certainly one of em. Tasmanian ex-pats, Melbourne residents; Alta have had us positively lost in their dark-ambient-trip-hop-down-tempo-post-dub-step-grind and drop
if that makes sense. A pleasure, nay, an absolute pleasure to host Alta this year. Sneak preview late night freakiness with To the Water.
Sex on Toast
Some band names are just inspiringly fitting. The funky, sexy, delicious Sex on Toast certainly fit the bill, and they're guaranteed to light us up with their 80's inspired pop. Synthy sway, midnight sax.... Client Liason and La Chic springs to mind on Takin' Over which we're confident will do exactly that to the Inca masses this year. Sure to be a crowd favourite
We reckon you might have heard Stone by now, and if you haven't well, get on it already. Seriously. That voice. Sheesh. Moody; charged; alt-indie at it's glorious best. Eyebrows being raised of late at the quality of newish track My Friends too. Fresh from a U.K tour, can't wait to give them a proper Inca Roads welcome home back to the Inca neighbourhood.
Mildlife - purveyors of freaking amazing electro-instrumental dreamscapes. They have this ability to make you feel like you've travelled back in time to the 1980's to sunbake on the deck of a yacht in the tropics, especially with tracks like Arriving Soon and Be More Pacific Afro-beats drive the songs, heavy bass gives them groove; and glorious pop vocals often provide the hooks. They shift between dreamlike soundscapes to poppy disco in the blink of an eye. Very cool, very Inca Roads, whatever that means.
The Pretty Littles
Pretty guys but not so little as it turns out, these guys really got tongues wagging earlier in the year with their I Am Not From a Small Town' EP and Bring on the Bad Times has been on high rotation at the Inca HQ ever since. These guys gig hard and rock hard. Country, rock and blues perfection; sure to whip us all up if Hectic Psychotic is anything to go by
What a sweet, talented bunch Velma Grove are. Check out the lovely, harmonious, folk-pop-rock from Maxie Roberts and his seven, yep that's right, seven merry men and women. And geez he must appreciate every one of them, especially on tracks like Caroline with horns a-blowing and strings a-stringing. Their recently released single Paper Houses from their debut album is cause for excitement too. Solid songs, talented muso's reckon will go down a treat on a dusky Inca Roads evening.
8 Bit Love
We think they're 2 parts rock, 2 parts electronica 4 parts dance, and 8 parts amazing (Math was never our strong point
) but no amount of poor mathematics can describe the high-energy electronic rock and roll dance party you have to look forward to with these guys at Inca Roads. Back for their second Inca and drummer Simon's third (most likely shirtless) appearance - the guys are really becoming part of the furniture - if furniture could rock your socks off. Try this promo on for size..
The Toff stole him for a whole month once upon a time, and since then he has shared the stage with some real who's who. However, Albert Salt is not one to rest on his laurels, nah-uh. He already has an album and follow-up EP out and he's still throwing himself into as many live performances as he can. The man has one of those hauntingly beautiful voices that seems to soar alongside his smooth, minor key electronica. It's intoxicating stuff to listen to - catchy, sweet, dark and subtly gorgeous. We think Georgia is a beauty with a great clip to boot, This Is Her is another one we have fallen in love with. Divine stuff.
Soaked in reverb, cooked with shoegaze, sautéed in dream pop; Lowtide are like a soundtrack to floating. Were a standout local act at last years Melbourne Music Week and real coup and catch this year for us, and for you. Haven't been grabbed by a track for quite some time like did. And if that soundtrack to floating' comment was confusing try Memory No. 7 and you'll get it (hopefully).
The Ocean Party
The Ocean Party are kind of a who's who of guys you'll find in the I'lls, Mining Boom, Velcro and Ciggie Witch. Another front-runner of the rejuvenated Melbourne scene inspired by Bedroom Suck Records. Great unassuming Oz lo-fi; kinda slacky, kinda grungy. In A Knot is a gem the laze-about summer gods won't forgive you for not listening to.
The myth is Ghost Orkid formed after an impromptu and mostly improvised jam between friends
on stage. The rest as they say is history. Well it's still being written as the heavy groove
from the five piece continues to make it's mark on the music world. It's out there, entertaining,
hypnotic stuff. Check out Stones to see what this new interpretation of funk sounds like.
Bound to be a real firestarter this year at Inca Roads (ah for the record, no fires please)
El Moth have got a reggae sound with a distinctive Australian flavour. Famed for getting bodies moving and bums off of seats because well, these guys like to play and we can safely bet they're
looking forward to playing to you. Check them jamming out Someday and feast your ears on Routine Life.
Rootsy hip hop dub reggae ensemble that have only been going for a couple of years but sound like they've been around since the beginning. Australian roots that comes with the vocal delivery of Zimbabwean soul thanks to the singing talents of Thando Sikwila. Traditions of reggae mixed with the modern of dancehall and dubstep; the live incarnation sounding a little like this. For the pure aural pleasure (cheeky) try Situation and the hip hop inspired Red Dust.
One thing we like to do at Inca Roads is show off young, prodigious talent. Leaks AKA nineteen-year-old Thomas Guida, fits that bill alright. Leaks has seriously hit the post-dub electro nail firmly on the head. I'm Glad You're Still Here is elevating genius and tears were almost shed the first time we heard Only Place For You and Me. Expect a grooving slow jam with this young man. Ok that sounded rude but you know what we mean.
That Gold Street Sound
Ah it's good to get some serious Motown inspired soul up front this year. Bluesy, beautiful vocals backed by a funky and dexterous ensemble. Old Time Love is beaut, one to belt out on a heartbroken day; and on the flip side of the coin is the high energy Get Up real going out, gettin' down music. We don't care if the sun goes up/ it don't mean that we've had enough they sing, and we're quick to agree. Another to add to our quickly expanding pile of Inca Roads treasure.
Swoon. Bloody swoon., Melbournian four piece Sleepy Dreamers have this ability of shaping the folk song into something prettier and more powerfully resounding than anything we're used to. Masters not apprentices of charming, disarming song-writing. Their Creatures EP has Winter Make Way on it and there ain't enough synonyms for gorgeous' to do it justice. Listen and come
up with your own superlatives.
Just in case you were worried garage rock had disappeared in recent times then worry no more; Papa Maul are here to save the day. The Melbournian four piece effortlessly blend rock and blues but with a delish pop sensibility. It's old, but new - new, but old. You get it. We really like Blood. I mean we really like it. In fact we can't stop listening to it. Look forward to some rocking solos, rebel yells, and catchy tunes. Will make new fans of you we are sure. Yurr.
These happy-go-lucky-scamps play the kind of sunny garage pop befitting of summers arrival (which officially coincides with Inca Roads, sun gods be kind!) Precious but powerful vocals; jumpy rhythm g and bouncy lead g-tar. Pop perfectionist in the making. We couldn't decide whether to recommend In A Cage or Home so to hell with it we recommend both. Looking forward to the gorgeous presence of this lot.
This four piece are looking to entice you with their reverb soaked, rock/pop melodies. Great bass, great voice, great everything really. Wolves is a delight; sunny and fuzzy, and the more laid back shoegaze of Northwest is a winner - great balance between a washed out sound and pinpoint melody.
We love a diversity of sounds, and we thought what else do we need? What's missing? Thankfully rock-a-billy outfit Road Ratz are here to even things out and tie our loose ends. Whisky soaked vocals, dirty, frenetic stand up bass, pounding drums. We needed someone to get us into a rocking frenzy, we reckon if Now I'm Gone will probably fit the bill.
Sah-wheet! They're back again, the indie rockers from good ol' Melbourne town return and in our humble opinion, in a bigger and better fashion. St Marks from their new EP is a prodigious sign of that - it chops and changes, twists and dives throughout. What a track. If you're keen for more get the Temples EP for a mere four buckers; but that's not a sign of their worth, just their keenness to get you involved. Sweet tunes, sweet addition. Ok we've said sweet enough.
Papa G and the Starcats
As well claiming the grooviest name on the Inca Roads lineup, Papa G and the Starcats also claim that they will funk s**t up' when they take to the stage at this years Inca Roads. The sheer amount of instruments excites us (trumpet, sax, tenor sax, keys, drum, bass, guitar and words) as does live favourite Get Close to Me. Been round the Melbourne traps impressing all those that see them, now it's your turn.
The Ripe DJS
Will probably whip out a couple of sets over the weekend to keep the wheels turning, the feet moving, the world a grooving.
One man croon show plus a full 6 piece funk band. Armed with a monster voice and a couple of clicky fingers. An Inca Roads tradition - there since the inception.