Here are the best Brisbane bands of right now according to Violent Soho

The Violent Soho lads kept the hype train rolling for the just–released LP WACO last night with Mikey Richards and Luke Henery jumping on Reddit for an AMA sesh with fans. Amongst revelations about guitarist James Tidwell smoking a durry through his arse and fond memories of gumboot bongs, the band were asked about their opinion on the best bands in Australia right now.

They spread the love far and wide, from Melbourne’s High Tension and Heads Of Charm, shouting out Tassie’s Luca Brasi, Sydney’s Sounds Like Sunset, Perth’s Break Even and Miles Away, and a whole lot more.

There were plenty of big–ups for their Brissie contemporaries. Here’s a look at who Violent Soho reckon are doing it right, right now, from the Queensland capital.

Black Deity

The spirit of Lemmy lives on in Black Deity, with a voice that sounds even more ratshit than the great man. That’s a compliment.


Heady and heavy psych goodness with a knack for improv jams that don’t suck.

DZ Deathrays

Brisbane’s other great success rock export of recent times, DZ will be joining Violent Soho for their upcoming tour with new tracks such as ‘Blood On My Leather’ armed and ready.

The Grates

Violent Soho go way back with Brissie mates The Grates, neighbouring up in Brooklyn during writing and recording sessions for their respective LPs back in the day. Now both back home in Brisbane, the love remains strong.

The Fevered

Top–notch thrash ready to pummel your senses. The Fevered go the distance, then keep going.


Clever have just sold out of their “piss–yellow” edition of their new LP in Australia, which means they are both quite popular, and fond of piss.

Per Purpose

Well–loved luminaries of the Brisbane underground since forming in 2010, Per Purpose are still turning heads and snapping necks in the live setting.

Kitchen’s Floor

Explicating an undercurrent of mood within Brisbane, Kitchen’s Floor tackle the political and class climate within the city head on with their latest LP Battle Of Brisbane.

Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats tour

Tuesday, May 10 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+) Sold Out
Wednesday, May 11 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+) Sold Out
Friday, May 13 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+) Sold Out
Saturday, May 14 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (18+) Sold Out
Sunday, May 15 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (18+) Sold Out
Monday, May 16 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (18+)
Thursday, May 19 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (All Ages) Sold Out
Friday, May 20 – Metro City, Perth (18+)
Thursday, May 26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Friday, May 27 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages) Sold Out

WACO is out now via I Oh You.