Songs In The Key Of… Adelaide


Germein: “Adelaide’s music scene was our first taste of life in the industry, sparking our huge love for live music and performing.”

Australian sibling pop act Germein take a break from supporting Little Mix to share a playlist inspired by their home-city

Adelaide’s music scene was our first taste of life in the industry, sparking our huge love for live music and performing. We remember the ambient summer nights watching our Dad play trumpet in his New Orleans Rhythm & Blues band at popular local festivals. The energy was pumping, the punters were dancing, and the music was always loud. Iconic Adelaide venues like The Gov, Jive, and The Wheatsheaf continue to attract not only awesome local bands, but also popular national and international touring artists. Intimate venues like the The Grace Emily, Hotel Metro, The Producers and The Jade are also brilliant places to check out the local scene.

“Mad March is a massive festival season in Adelaide, with the Adelaide Fringe named the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s also WOMADelaide and Oz Asia attracting thousands of people to the city to experience the wide variety of music from many different cultures. The Porch Sessions are well-known for transforming backyards into an intimate musical oasis; as well as A Day on the Green, Handpicked, and Botanic Park for larger outdoor festivals in picturesque locations such as renowned Adelaide Hills Wineries and Adelaide’s beautiful Botanical Gardens.

“You will always find live music in the city anywhere from the bustling Adelaide Central Markets, to the busy streets of Rundle Mall, and even as you go to collect your bags at Adelaide Airport there’ll be local muso welcoming you with their tunes. Adelaide was also recently named as a UNESCO City of Music (one of 31 cities in the world), which is awarded to cities that have demonstrated excellence in music heritage, music making, education, community involvement, and regular high-profile international music events – which we think is pretty cool.”

To listen to the whole 10-track playlist in one go, check out the Spotify playlist

“The Hilltop Hoods guys grew up close to our hometown, and we love 1955 cause it’s all about growing up in small town. The lyric “no matter where I go this will always be home” is a nice little homely reminder for us when we’re on the road.”

“This is a super feel good tune. The vocals are so unique – and the combination of cheerful lyrics, powerful melodies, and a pumping beat is sure lift any mood. We played a show with them at Adelaide’s New Years Eve Party in a couple of years ago in front of about 30,000 people and had a blast.”

“We really wanted to capture the essence of our live show in this track, so we recorded it in our home studio in the Adelaide Hills. It’s edgy, moody, and features our three-part harmonies in a soaring break out chorus. We hope Talking can relate to people facing all different types of challenges. Whether it be feeling like you can’t express yourself through communication in a break up, losing a loved one, fighting with a friend, or even feeling like you don’t have the right to talk.”

“We love listening to this on long drives between shows. It’s such a chilled tune with really poetic lyrics. Bjéar connects with listeners in a way that they can take away a number of different meanings from his songs, and the music in Firefall is just stunning. For us it’s a beautiful tragic piece that makes us reflect on our loved ones back home.”

“Sia is arguably one of the best songwriters of this generation. We love Flames because it inspires us to ‘keep on running’ and ‘never give up’ when things get tough.”

“The lead singer of Wanderers, Dusty, opened for our Adelaide show of the Australian Talking Tour earlier this year, and his voice is awesome. Wanderers’ song Off My Back has a really cool summer vibe about it, featuring a number of great Adelaide musos in the band.”

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“We love the straight up rock in Bad Dreems’ song Hoping For, with simple but powerful lyrics. We played at the Hot Dub Wine Machine Festival with Bad Dreems in our hometown recently, and their energy on stage is contagious.”

This is a quirky song with a pumping 80s dance vibe. Lyrics like “I know where not together but I wanna break up” is just so great.”

“This tune takes us back to springtime in Adelaide and where the streets are lined with beautiful purple flowering Jacaranda Trees. We love the old school feel of this track, and together with the chilled out lyrics it captures the essence of the magical spring time nights in Adelaide.”

“Paul Kelly has been described by David Fricke from Rolling Stone as ‘one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise’. Dumb Things is just an awesome road trip song about being on the run.”

GermeinGeorgia, Ella and Clara Germein are a three-piece indie pop rock act from Adelaide in Australia, who are currently in the UK supporting Little Mix. Taking their lead from strong artists like Haim, Chvrches and Tegan & Sara, the sisters explore a wide palate of musical styles, while keeping a firm hand on pop sensibilities. Whilst they have previously toured the world and released music independently, their latest single Talking is the first taste of Germein’s new sound. Find out more about the siblings at

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