Triple J Unearthed will be celebrating 20 years of discovering new Australian music in 2015. It started as a competition that focused on regional areas of Australia, but this model was revised to focus on each Australian state after 2002, and since 2006 it has been a website and, more recently, a digital radio station playing 100% unsigned and/or independently signed Australian music. It has been a great initiative and some of our more revered acts have been "unearthed".
Conversely, for each band who becomes successful, there have been many others that have been lost to the annals of history. For some, it's for the best that they're forgotten. For others, it's criminal that they didn't become huge. Today's band is one such band who belongs in the latter camp.
Shifter were a Brisbane band who won one of the last winners of the second incarnation of Unearthed. They won in 2004 with this kicking power-pop track written in honour of a cocktail they created containing vodka and butterscotch schnapps.
There seems to be very little information around about the band. After this song was released, I have no idea what happened to the band. If any member of the band is reading this, please get in touch and let us know about Shifter's career trajectory.
For now, enjoy this furious blast of Brisbane rock.