Tag Archives: New band

Haim – New band alert

1 Aug

It’s been a long time since a new band turned up that were worth talking about, but hey, here’s one! Haim have a three track e.p out with a debut coming at the end of the year. The band are made up of three sisters from the West Coast who combine close harmonies, funky rhythmns and lots of classic rock guitar sounds. Check out Forever below, if only for the cowbells.

The Neat

29 Jul

An exciting new British(!) band – enjoy because they are a rare breed this year. Why can’t we have more energetic post-punk stuff? It seems all the best new music of the last twelve months has been cheery pop from overseas – lets get angry England!!!

The Young Friends

11 Feb

The Young Friends are a band from Phoenix, Arizona who haven’t been making tunes for that long. They count Sonic Youth and The Ronettes as their influences whilst it’s easy to trace the sounds of Americana and early rock n roll in their music. Their sound is very much of the moment as there is more than a passing resemblance to former label mates The Drums. If anything Young Friends are more laid back in their sound and seemingly a lot less obsessed with all things Manchester. See below for their myspace

http://www.myspace.com/theyoungfriends

They also appear on the excellent and free to download compilation, ‘Pop Music Volume Two’ from Holiday Records.

Summer Camp

10 Feb

Another new band for you, and one who prefer to let the music do the talking. Like recent acts Kindness and Burial, Summer Camp are an anonymous band who hide behind retro photos and red herrings. They claimed they are swedish – they aren’t, so who knows if they really met at summer camp, aged 14 as they also claim.

They have a cool sound, a mixture of film samples, dance beats, nostalgic lyrics and poppy melodies. They aren’t dissimilar to Washed Out but their sound is more geared towards pop than dance. In particular ‘Ghost Train’ stands out, it’s simply a great, hazy, summery smash. Rumour has it that Moshi Moshi could be releasing a single from them in March, so I’ll keep you updated on that. Check out their myspace and the video for ‘Ghost Train’ below.

http://www.myspace.com/morganwaves

TEN TO WATCH IN 2010 – #1 THE DRUMS

22 Jan

The Drums are hardly brand new on the scene, they released one of last years best records ‘Summertime’. However that ep was only six tracks long, and this is the year that will see the release of their debut album and first substantial tour of the UK. If you aren’t familiar with their sound yet then just think of The Cure referencing preppy American culture and with surfer lyrics. Apparently their new stuff will be darker and deeper but I think we would all feel a bit let down if they left the fun out entirely as they have been known for their summery melodies and energetic gigs. This band are everything a new band should be – fun, high energy, intelligent, good-looking, well dressed, cool, catchy and fresh. They sound like nothing else out there right now and in short are the most promising new band of 2010.

http://www.myspace.com/thedrumsforever

TEN TO WATCH IN 2010 – #2 MAGIC KIDS

21 Jan

Here are a very exciting young band from Memphis who make fantastic, traditional pop songs. Magic Kids have only released one single so far but Rough Trade called it the best song of 2008, and I wouldn’t argue. ‘Hey Boy’ is an infectious sing along anthem in the style of Phil Spector or The Beach Boys. The other song, ‘Superball’,  is just as good.  Magic Kids are currently touring with Girls, and they have played shows with The Drums and Smith Westerns. As of yet they haven’t played in England but hopefully that will change this year. Lets also hope we get to hear more music from this brilliant new band.

http://www.myspace.com/themagickids

TEN TO WATCH IN 2010 – #7 HURTS

16 Jan

Hurts are an interesting synth pop band who sound a bit like a missing link between the bleakness of Joy Division and the euphoric synth direction on New Order. Their key belief is that pop music should be simple and this is reflected in their sound, lyrics, stage direction and artwork. I am excited to see if this will catch on because I think they could be on to something with that.

http://www.myspace.com/ithurts