Amrap Chart News: Don’t Paws – Boy & Bear are Back!

Mitch Fuller, 25th June 2019

Australian Music Moving at Community Radio 

After a four year break – partly enforced by singer Dave Hosking’s now well-documented illness - Sydney faves Boy & Bear have returned with a new song. The aptly titled Hold Your Nerve has stayed steady on the Amrap Regional Chart at number four, unsurprising when you consider just how popular they were on the festival tour circuit before their layoff. Elsewhere on the Regional Chart, singer-songwriter on the rise Michael Waugh has his latest, This Song Reminds Me, at number three. One for fans of Paul Kelly and Bruce Springsteen, the song preceeds Waugh’s next album, The Weir, produced by Australian roots legend Shane Nicholson.


Commanding places on both the Amrap Metro and Regional Charts, Brisbane duo Chllingworth have resonated across community radio with what’s only their second single, Mirror. It’s a synth-pop tour de force, an anthem for standing tall through the tough times. Also not shy of a synth but wielding one in the name of catchy punked-up tunes are another duo, Hearts & Rockets out of Melbourne have returned with Feelings. Sitting pretty at the very top of the Amrap Metro Chart, there aren’t a lot of outfits in Australia that can make the most out of song with a run time well under two minutes!


The Amrap Charts show the top ten tracks ordered for airplay by community broadcasters through the Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service in both metropolitan and regional areas of the country. Amrap is an initiative of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia which distributes new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide & empowers broadcasters to promote new Australian music on air & online. 

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