As we begin a new year, we look forward to all the fresh sounds that we are yet to discover. Understandably, a list following this theme will likely only cover the freshest bands and emerging artists, but rather than follow suit, we wanted to focus inwards on the musician’s that have been making the rounds for a couple of years, yet are still floundering under the radar. So, we would like to dedicate this post to them. This is the year, we hope, they shine brighter and fly into the wider public consciousness.
Wolf Gang are the embodiment of fun. Their sound is an eclectic mix of tight guitar riffs, uplifting pop melodies with rock at it’s backbone. Wolf Gang takes you to this fantastical world of Suego Faults, where we delve into the subjects of love, loss and fighting for what you believe in.
Me are a four-piece band, formed in Melbourne, Australia. Although, only one member of the band actually originates from there, the rest come from either Brisbane or Perth. Consisting of Luke Ferris (lead vocals, keyboard and guitar), Damian Tapley (lead guitar and vocals), Michael Godde (bass) and Spike Rogers (drums). They often get compared to Queen, though I don’t like to make comparisons usually, it is a very accurate comparison. But Me will make their own mark on the industry, as Queen did before them. They uprooted from Oz to London, a couple of years ago, leaving behind their already existing fan base in Oz to pursue their dream overseas, if that’s not showing determination then nothing will. Their sound, which can be described as nothing less than a rock opera makes Me top contenders for future rock royalty.
King Charles carries an effortless flamboyancy and charisma with him, both in the way he dresses and in his music, which makes him a force to be reckoned with. His music dances around the boundaries between frivolous pop with a rock edge, often edging into country and folk, where many of his influences lie, in that of Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton. He sings about unrequited love and the passage of time, the message that comes through all of his songs is of hope and to live everyday to it’s fullest, to never let a moment pass you by. Which if anything is something to live by.
The Chevin are a band from Ottley, Yorkshire. Already making their mark in the US, they have gained a good fan base, but I still feel like there are some people are missing out on them, and may not have had the chance to hear them. Expect big vocals, anthemic lyrics and stadium filler type songs.
The Slow Readers Club
The melancholic lyrics intertwined with the anthemic orchestral sound of The Slow Readers Club is what makes them powerful, in my mind. With songs like Block Out The Sun, One More Minute and Follow Me Down, they are sure to be the ones to watch in 2013. The question is not about their ability to produce good music, it’s when are more people going to listen. If we don’t light the spark, then the fire will never burn.
Radical Something infuse the heart and soul of California into their music, a mixture of slow pop jams and rap. Their music always brightens up a dull day, the lyrics in their songs range from carefree to meaningful.
Meredith Sheldon is a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts. Her music is brought to life with the use of an electric guitar and the much needed accompaniment of drums. Her haunting vocals pack a punch, I see her going far if she gets the right amount of exposure.
All The Young
All the Young are a four piece from Stoke-On-Trent. At the core of their sound is guitar and drums, not to say that’s all they are though. Their songs are heavy hitting but also have a good message behind them, of friendship, home town glory and standing together for something you believe in. But that’s not to say their songs don’t let loose too, with tracks such as The First Time and Arcane, crowd favourites, expect chaos and loud music if you go see All the Young live, makes for a great night out.
Honor Society are a four piece originating from New York and New Jersey respectively, made up of Michael Bruno (lead vocals and guitar), Jason Rosen (keyboard, guitar and vocals), Andrew Lee (bass and vocals) and Alexander Noyes (drums). Their sound ranges from fun pop keyboard concoctions to guitar heavy anthems. Michael Bruno and Jason Rosen’s smooth vocals create the perfect harmonies when singing about love and lust.
Martin and James
Martin and James are a duo from Scotland, their music is perfect easy listening for any type of day. Their harmonies work perfectly together bringing their song writing to the forefront.
Charli XCX was featured on a lot of the 2012 ones to watch lists, but I don’t think she got the level of attention she deserved to, though she did get airplay on radio 1, that being said doesn’t make you an overnight success. Charli’s sound is refreshing, with dark electro beats and a heavy dose of pop, it makes for something which can only be described as electrifyingly good.