It’s that time of year again when an important question needs answering yet again. Who will set the music world alight in the next twelve months? Which icons will emerge from the vast pool of hopeful musicians out there honing their skills and mastering their trade in preparation for a stab at the big time this year? One thing’s for sure – the tide is turning back to real musicians and real bands. Those in the know will tell you – proper band music is making a comeback and exciting times are ahead. Of course there are some ‘safe’ names here that will appear on drooling lists across the board this month, but the following list is, we think, a more accurate cross-section of those deserving of mention than many others out there will venture. Decide for yourself. We can’t promise they’ll all be household names come 2014, but these bands deserve every success in future, that is for certain.
Youthful exuberance coupled with an accomplished and mature sound is a tantalising combination that sums up Young Kato perfectly. With echoes of R.E.M. and Bloc Party, this band knows exactly how to do intelligent indie/dance pop and frontman, Tommy Young, is a fearless performer…
Stoned and fractured but effortlessly stylish and relentlessly inventive – Coves do psychedelic garage rock with a unique majesty, packed with blistering hooks and mesmeric moments. Already getting plays and rave reviews from Zane Lowe and 6 Music in 2012, Coves are well set for 2013.
Flower-powered up to the max and dripping with retro cool, Liverpool’s The Sundowners might just follow Haim to the top this year. Instantly addictive melodies (check out excellent debut single ‘Hummingbird’) and, in singers Fiona and Niamh, they’ve got the flair, the hair and two phenomenal voices to match. If that’s not enough for you, Paul Weller, The Coral and Noel Gallagher are fans.
Spooky, kooky but oh-so-charming, these London lads embody the very definition of that ‘English’ sound. Check out debut single ‘Naughty Corner’ for a lesson in infectious, razor-sharp Brit wit.
Currently recording their debut album after a collection of explosive gigs with The Happy Mondays, Glasgow indie four-piece John Wean is much more than just an Arctic Monkeys clone. Check out recent release ‘M.A.P’ – turbo-charged riffs, incisive rhythms and stacks of energy.
THE DIRTY RIVERS
Already there’s a fervour surrounding this quintet in their native Liverpool and it’s easy to understand why. Think down and dirty garage rock, like BRMC crossed with early Oasis. Expect a fair amount of fuss about these boys very soon.
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One of the hottest bands to emerge from Edinburgh in ages, this foursome have only been playing together just over a year and already the feeling is that great things lie in wait. Producer and friend Owen Morris (‘Definitely Maybe’) sums it up best – ‘They just fucking belt it out!’. One of the most exciting new Scottish bands around, no doubt.
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