This week we’re keeping it simple. In recognition of the news from the start of this week that Spotify has launched in Australia (and New Zealand), we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of some of our favourite Australian bands.
Why only Australian bands, and none from New Zealand? Well…for starters, there aren’t that many good New Zealand heavy bands to begin with, and there are even fewer currently available through Spotify. Rather than just stick in a token single NZ track on our Slaylist, we made the editorial decision to keep it strictly Aussie this time around. Who knows? Maybe if New Zealand starts producing more awesome bands, and said awesome bands get their acts together as far as getting their music on Spotify goes, we’ll put together a NZ-only Slaylist.
Spotify is available to most of Western Europe, the USA, and Australia and New Zealand for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry. You’ll just have to make do with a video from an Australian band who, like you, are not Spotify users. Unlike you, however, they don’t use Spotify because they don’t want any of their work appearing other than on physical media. We kinda think that’s a bit of a dick-move, but then again, they’re the ones who are millionaires, so maybe they know what they’re doing? Ho-hum.
Watch AC/DC perform ‘Thunderstruck’ live:
Were we too harsh on New Zealand metal earlier? Should we stop being lazy, and maybe investigate bands from the other side of the globe in a bit more depth than a couple of half-arsed Google searches? And more importantly, does anyone have any killer NZ bands they want to recommend us? If you’ve got an answer to any of those questions, drop us a comment down below.