Cult vampire drama TV show The Vampire Diaries is increasingly looking to Australian artists for its soundtrack, with both Empire Of The Sun and Courtney Barnett featuring on the most recent episode.
The pride and cash-cow of American network The CW, the fifth season has seen a noticeable uptake in Australian music being played throughout the show.
Fast-tracked to Australian television through Foxtel’s Fox 8 channel, the 16th episode of season five, While You Were Sleeping, saw Barnett’s Avant Gardener and Empire Of The Sun’s Alive feature as two of the three songs in the episode.
Previously in season five The Delta Riggs’ Stars has appeared in two episodes while Jagwar Ma’s Come Save Me, Sarah Blasko’s Illusory Light and Tame Impala’s Elephant have also gained airtime. There have also been numerous songs from Lorde and The Naked & Famous’ Hearts Like Ours.
The season premiered to over 2.5 million people in the States last year.
Artists including Oh Mercy, Sia and The Temper Trap featured in the proceeding four seasons.
Vampire Diaries’ music supervision is handled by Chris Mollere, who is also in charge of the music for Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. Mollere’s given The Delta Riggs’ Street Signs & Brake Lights a spin on The Originals.