Always a step up on their contemporaries in my opinion was Cut Off Your Hands from NZ as far as Indie/pop/post punk. Along with Die! Die! Die!. Good stuff.
Don't mind Filter either. Their biggest hit Take a Picture would be among my dozen most listened to songs on itunes.
What! Ben Folds was so revered here that he moved to live in Adelaide and I admit he is much more well known The Hold Steady, but still even someone with a moderate interest in music should know Chips Ahoy!.I don't know anyone who knows The Hold Stead and very few who know Ben Folds. Perhaps that's more of a reflection of rural Tassie though.