The Barren Spinsters Punch Above Their Weight to First Place!

Mitch Fuller, 5th August 2019

Leading the Way on the Regional Chart
Canberra based two piece, The Barren Spinsters just keep dropping sonic bombs this year and community radio has taken notice with Punch Above Your Weight cruising to the number one position on the Amrap Regional Chart! According to its members, 'The Barren Spinsters deliver 70s blues-rock with a modern, thrashy twist. Much the same way that Wolfmother doesn’t.' Their words, not ours. The track itself is blues-guitar driven footstomping at its best, diving straight into the crunchy goodness with an anthemic chorus sure to get you boot-scooting. Not far behind them at number 3, The McNaMarr Project are serving up a very different kind of blues with Holla and Moan, the title track from their upcoming album. Channeling Ike and Tina Turner vibes, the track blends Memphis horns with the duo's soul-drenched vocals to create an instant roots classic brimming with attitude.

Music Moving the Metro Chart
Known for her brooding, dark electronic bangers, Grace Stephenson - AKA Rebel Yell -  is a force of nature, fearlessly pushing the boundaries of Australia's club scene. No stranger to the Amrap Charts, Stephenson has jumped straight into third place on the Metro Chart with her latest, Night Drive. The track initially establishes itself as a tech-house tribute altered by Rebel Yell's unique industrial spin but quickly reveals issues surrounding physical empowerment as an ode to women and marginalised groups who consistently feel unsafe walking home alone at night. Just ahead at number 2 on the chart, Dyson Stringer Cloher make their triumphant return with Falling Clouds. Jen Cloher, Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer originally collaborated back in 2013 for an all-too-brief three-track EP. Since then, they all continued with their solo careers, releasing a combined 8 studio albums, winning multiple awards and touring internationally. Their first track together in six years is suitably nostalgic, recounting a time when Jen Cloher saw 90s indie faves The Clouds and Falling Joys at an underage gig in her hometown of Adelaide two decades back. In turn, Falling Clouds pays tribute to the guitar-wielding women in Australian music who showed those coming up what’s possible.

Beyond the Charts
A breath of fresh air on the scene, 18 year old Perth-based Arno Faraji is an artist at the forefront of Australian hip hop’s ever-changing landscape. His latest single, Sneakers, is a low key banger that not only shows off Arno's rhymes but also his strengths as a producer. The slow-burning track sees Arno deliver his signature flow over a dreamy, aquatic beat that will burrow into your ear. It may not be on the charts yet, but Sneakers is sure to gain the attention of community broadcasters in the coming weeks.

If you are a community broadcaster and looking to find the latest tracks from across the country, get involved with Amrap's AirIt and start browsing what Ausatrlia's independent music scene has to offer! 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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The Amrap Charts show the Top 10 tracks ordered for airplay by Metro and Regional community broadcasters through Amrap’s AirIt music distribution service.