Each year an up-and-coming South Australian musician or band is recognised for their potential and awarded $5,000 to support their professional development
This year's Emily Burrows Award winner is up-and-coming Adelaide indie-rock band Molly Rocket.
Previous honourees include Tilly Tjala Thomas, Seabass, Electric Fields and the Hilltop Hoods.
Congratulations to this year's recipient of the Emily Burrows Award, Adelaide indie-rock group Molly Rocket. The band was presented the award by Alana Jagt, SA Writer Services Representative, at the South Australian Music Awards.
In a similar vein to Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, DZ Deathrays and Bad//Dreems, Molly Rocket is the latest alt-rock powerhouse from Adelaide.
Their latest single ‘Asphalt’ came out just a few weeks ago. It’s a catchy track that blends suburban summer nostalgia with driving, distorted guitars. Triple J’s Declan Byrne said of the track: "I’m obsessed with the strain, pain and gain which fuel [the song’s] sticky hooks."
The band formed less than a year ago and have impressively already played alongside King Stingray and have supported Ocean Grove, Teenage Joans and Polish Club, to name a few.
A special award
Each year an up-and-coming South Australian musician or band is recognised for their potential and awarded $5,000 to support their professional development. The award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA AMCOS membership representative and compliance officer, who worked tirelessly to support and encourage South Australian songwriters and composers. The award was established following her tragic, accidental death in 2000.
“Receiving the Emily Burrows award means so much to all of us. Being recognised for our art means the world and we are truly honoured to receive this award in the name of Emily Burrows” said Molly Rocket in a written statement (more below). The band would like to use the award money to continue to record new music, to tour interstate and grow their audience.
From Molly Rocket:
We want to take this moment to encourage every individual with a keen interest in music to go out there and put your art into the world. No matter how worried you may be about how people will perceive it, if your art means something to you, it will resonate with others.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in this journey, we wouldn’t be where we are today without that ongoing and loving support - it means the world to us.