School’s out! For 11 years, Triple J has combed the country for its best high school act, a voyage of discovery that has elevated the likes of Arno Faraji, Montaigne, Baro, Gretta Ray, Japanese Wallpaper and Hockey Dad into the spotlight. This week, the public broadcaster revealed its Unearthed High “Class of 2018,” with five acts being hand-selected as finalists from more than 1,000 submissions. Check out the too-cool-for-school musos below.


First up is Burnout, a unit of Adelaide teens (Billy, Nik and Kyle) out of Trinity College Gawler and St. Patrick’s Technical College. Their track “Get Out” is the embodiment of youth and “chaotic skate punk,” all bashed out in two-minutes of no-nonsense with the station describing it as “a group of friends having the best time ever.”

Next in line is Nancie Schipper, a senior at Victoria’s Warrnambool College. Triple J has followed Schipper’s journey since she entered last year’s contest. She has a talent for making “music that is assured and super warm,” Triple J says, with her entry “Long Fall” proving just that. “It feels like just the start of huge things for her.”

Out of Castlemaine Secondary College in Victoria is KIAN, a 16-year-old boy wonder who got a serious head start when, two years ago, he scored a feature on 2018 AIR Award winner Baker Boy’s “Cloud 9.” The kid has “sky high potential”, notes Triple J,” and his track “Waiting” packs “emotional punch, just like ur crush.”