At a time when so much music is either the result of televised karaoke competitions (X Factor, Idol, The Voice etc) or manufactured artists of dubious merit (One Direction) or from singers whose media profile outstrips their talent (Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus et al), the Triple J Unearthed High Muck Up Day at the Brisbane Powerhouse on October 28 was a pleasant change. The event featured performances from genuinely talented young singer/songwriters and musicians, almost all of whom are still in high school.
Brisbane-based finalists Vancouver Sleep Clinic (Citipointe Christian College) and Cypher (Redlands College) were featured on the bill, along with 2013 Unearthed High winners Lunatics on Pogosticks from Newtown High School in Sydney. The atmospheric Vancouver Sleep Clinic are the second finalist from Citipointe in as many years, with Tyler Touche performing at the corresponding show last year.
Last years Unearthed High winner Asta returned to Brisbane to headline the show as part of a national tour. Since winning the competition last year, Asta has also secured significant radio play across the country and was even shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Prize at just 19 years of age.
Lunatics on Pogosticks proved themselves to be worthy winners with an infectiously enthusiastic set featuring a string of catchy pop-punk tunes, while Asta closed the show with a mixture of old favourites and less familiar songs that seemed to be met with equal enthusiasm by the crowd.
Photos from the event are in the Gallery.