The Aussies have been slowly invading our shores for the past couple of years. Their government has placed thousands of dollars into the marketing and publicity of many bands looking for worldwide media attention while promoting Australian music as a legitimate player in the music industry, I hear Canada does this also. Even though they can sometimes sound blatantly like their peers (Wolfmother, Morning After Girls, Cut Copy) many of these bands are super-good. Thanks to the advice of a friend I went to Spaceland to catch the most original Australian indie band I've ever encountered, well except for INXS. But that was years ago man!
Dappled Cities Fly sound varied and refreshing from one song to the next and are completely in their own world when it comes to playing live. The bands that came to mind at random points during their set were Broken Social Scene, The Jam and British Sea Power. What's best about Dappled Cities Fly is that their sound is so clean and pop but still retains that urgency that bands like Tapes 'N Tapes, The Little Ones, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah manage to channel into your heart. They're lovable, humble, and fun to watch.
At this point in music I'm happy to speculate that the days of re-hashed, new-wave, garage bands are over. So many of those bands sound like a particular "scene" or a big fat power-chord strumming along without a hook in sight. The most interesting and catchy bands I've been hooked on lately are more reminiscent of The Shins than anyone else.