triple j announce Unearthed High winner

Staff Writer

Now in its 6th year, triple j's Unearthed High has found Australia's best high school music act in 2013.

With nearly 900 entries, the winners were Lunatics On Pogosticks from Newtown High in Sydney.

Calum Newton, Bryce Wilson and James Whitfield are a three-piece garage rock band who impressed with their song Picasso’s Saddest Love. Listen to it here.

Lunatics on Pogosticks now get to record a brand new track at triple j. The song will get played on the station and on Unearthed. They'll then get to perform it alongside San Cisco in a special lunchtime concert at their school later this month.

triple j Unearthed Music Director Dave Ruby Howe says:

"Each year Unearthed High uncovers a new group of absurdly talented young musicians and this year’s competition presented one of the strongest and diverse bunch of finalists yet.

Amid all that fierce competition there was no denying that in Lunatics On Pogosticks we’d discovered a band whose songs not only leapt out of the radio but also burrowed into ears and remained glued there with acid-washed riffs and blown out vocals. Beneath that undulating fuzz though is a knack for hooky melodies and clever changes that belies Lunatics On Pogosticks’ garage beginnings.

If their whip-lashing blast of noise and energy doesn’t put you on your back then the raw talent and promise of incredible things ahead ought to leave you rightly floored, just like it has us here at triple j and triple j Unearthed."

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