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If you want new and exciting music this is where you need to look. This little cubby hole of wonderment will provide any reader with handfuls of sparkling new bands causing a fuss under and above ground in the ever changing music scene. POW!
Just close your eyes and listen. This is the Fantastic London four-piece called “Torches” with their track “Close Ups” a cover of the “Crushed Beaks” single which was released last year. By adjusting the pase and feel of the song Torches have created a piece of music which would not seem out of place on any established artists album. Its brilliant and cleaver mix of loud and quiet allows the listener to hear the lyrics emotion whist being thrown a musical onslaught later in the track.
Currently unsigned the band are looking for their big break and this could very well be it. With an album to be expected late this year or early next year they will be one of the bands to watch out for this summer. Undoubtedly appearing on many stages at this summers festivals. With fans like Django Django this group will not be stuck in other bands shadows for much longer as their sound is both defined and infectious. The deep throated vocals sound like a mixture between Editors and Hurts, and if you like either of these groups you will surely be adding “Torches” to your iTunes.
I would love to see what this group has to offer the live music scene and will try to see them over the summer. This type of mellow, dance, rock is very much popular now so surely big things are yet to come.
Check out more of their music here on their very stylish looking website. Enjoy.
Prepare yourself for an onslaught of fun and boptastic tuneage heading your way. The track above is by the brilliant and hotly tipped “Django Django” a London foursome with some serious fire-power and synth-crushing addictiveness.
Having formed in 2009 at art school in Edinburgh, and released their début album on the 30th January this year the band have had a busy time generating hype and creating an image for themselves. They have mass appeal to me for the following reasons;
1) Do not have baby faces and are therefore older than me.
2) Make some sweet music.
3) Have a growing respect for facial hair.
With these three critical elements in one group the last three years have passed with a blur, and their tour has just sold out all over the UK. They are set to grace many a stage up and down the country so if you can go see them.
If you are fans of Ghostpoet, Polinski or Worship I suggest you check these guys out before they explode into the mainstream. If you like the sound of this be sure to to check out what else they have to have offer on their website here. Enjoy :D
Welcome one and all to the wonderfully strange and magical world of SBTRKT. A very much deep underground man that has reared his face into the aboveground scene. Recently included NME’s “50 Best New Bands Of 2011” poll SBTRKT challenge everything that is popular about popular music and shake it up. This leaves them him with a mash of dubstep and noise to which to stamp his trademark brilliance onto.
Other wise known as Aaron Jerome a former music producer from London, SBTRKT started life by remixing tracks by bands like Radiohead, Mark Ronson and Bacement Jaxx. But in 2009 after growing frustration with a lack of progression he began to try his own thing. This had lead him to gather a someone cult following, with many people bringing copies of his famous masked face to his gigs.
If i had to compare this music to anyone I would recommend bands like Nedry, Worship and Radiohead (In rainbows version).
SBTRKT show imagination and a clear want to push music forward to find the elusive new sound to define a generation. Wether this will pave the way for the sound of music in the future i dont know. All i know is I like it and i hope you do to.
The track above is called “Wildfire” and is off his self titled début album, which is available almost everywhere.
If you like the sound of SBTRKT jump on his bandwagon here.
Last night was a day to remember for The Maccabees as the London five piece made their official return to the capital. With many fans waiting with hot anticipation outside the venue hours before they were due to take to stage, this night was set up to be something special.
Support last night was provided by the “Trailer Trash Tracies” a local band who are understood to be friends of band. This being the fifth time I have had the pleasure to see The Maccabees I was hoping for someone fantastic, to keep in-line with their previous support acts over the years; acts such as Mumford and Sons, Tribes, and Josh Weller have all been a very much welcomed edition to their gigs. However The so called Trailer Trash Tracie’s were a big disappointment. With out of tune (of what can only be described as) “wailing” by the lead singer. and a set consisting of songs with no real flair and originality. The band tried hopelessly to win around a crowd of people who were starting to wish they stayed at home.
However after the half hour disaster that was their set, the crowd welcomed back the triumphant Maccabees. The set consisted of a perfect mix of crowd favourites “no kind words” , “lego” and “precious time”, as well as songs from the new album. Of which “Pelican” and “Grew up at Midnight” seemed to go down particularly well, with the vast majority of the energetic crowd knowing every word. It was yet again a complete pleasure to see the Maccabees and with their latest album “Given To The Wild” gracing the number one spot its all onwards and upwards for the band.
Find out more here. Be sure to check out their videos and tunes as they are are “exceedingly good cakes”. Enjoy.
Dry the River are back with their second single set to come off their début album “Shallow Bed” released on the 5th of March. The London five-piece are easily my favourite band from the last twelve months and this showcases what is to be expected from their album.
Recently the band have had nothing but awesome review, after awesome review, and to be honest it is clear to see why. With hypnotically beautiful vocals and lyrics, partnered with music full of passion and feeling Dry The River are just simply destined to shine.
NME recently compared them saying they were “a poor man’s Mumford and Sons”, this is simply untrue. When a band like this comes along all you can do is stand back and admire, they have kept at it and after years of touring the break trough into the big time seems too close to miss.
I can promise you that you will be hearing allot more from DTR and they will no doubt be gatecrashing the stages at many, many festivals to come. I hope you enjoy the track “Chambers and the Valves” and cannot wait to hear more.
Find out more and download a free EP from their website here.
"The Chambers & The Valves" is released as a digital single / 7" on February 27th with b-side "Hammer".
The 7” is available to pre-order from Recordstore.co.uk here.
Tribes: When My Day Comes
If you are looking for that indie rock music which is both fun and has “schweeet tunage”, “Tribes” are definitely the band for you. The Camden foursome have been tearing up the UK music scene for the last twelve months and have made quite an impression. Their upbeat buzzing sound full of distorted guitars and crashing cymbals will get you un-boxing your air guitar and busting out a groove.
Most notably this year they played a fantastic set a Reading and Leeds Festival where they achieved one of the largest crowds of the weekend on the Festival Republic stage. They also played at the legendary Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded some of their most iconic music.
The Track below is called “When My Day Comes” and will be included on their début album “Baby” which is due for release early next year. It sounds fantastic and is full of originality and a sound that will make you turn up the speakers to eleven. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do. KAPOW!
If I was going to compare tribes to anyone i would compare them to “Amusement Parks on Fire“‘s sound, and the “Kaiser Chiefs” behaviour and comedic subject matter. They are in my opinion going to be one of the emerging talents for next year and im sure you will be seeing plenty more of them.
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