The New Year brings around new beginnings, so here are a few bands we’re getting excited about as we start 2015… Last year’s picks included the likes of Childhood, Darlia, Wolf Alice, Circa Waves, Fat White Family and The Wytches.
Heavenly Records signees Kid Wave have enough indie hooks to match the best of them. Based in London but hailing from far and wide (Sweden, Australia and the UK) they’ll be looking to build on from a successful 2014 which in the release of their brilliant ‘Gloom’ EP.
Raw and uncompromising Demob Happy caught our eye when they released their boisterous single ‘Succubus’, they’re quickly building a reputation on the back of their first bunch of live shows
Public Access T.V.
The next big thing out of NYC – Public Access T.V. already possess a stack of hook-heavy tracks in their armoury and by time their debut LP drops sometime later in 2015 they’ll be on many peoples radar here in the UK. The band recently toured Europe in support of Circa Waves; and they played their debut headline UK show at London’s Sebright Arms on the back of it.
Girlpool are a LA based duo who have a sound that bristles with rebellious intent, their ultra-lo-fi output harks the mind back to fellow Californian DIY kick-starts Bleached; with tracks mostly lined with catchy 3-chord riffs and snarly-tales about the opposite sex you’ll either love them or have had enough of them after a couple of tracks.
Gengahr only dropped their debut single ‘Powder’ as recently as September but the impression they made was instant with mainstream coverage in the NME and DIY. The recent Transgressive signees kick off 2015 with a slot supporting Alt-J at their mammoth 02 Arena shows.
However good (or bad) you think Slaves are after hearing them on record; you need to see them ‘live’ to really appreciate the howling Royal Tunbridge Wells duo in full swing (they’ve got the prestigious opening slot on this year’s NME awards Tour so go check them out then).
By Michael Jamison