What I've compiled here is a list of artists whom aren't necessarily 'unknown' but are criminally underrated as well. Whilst there are some unsigned bands here, there's a bit of a mixture between those who are on the rise and those who are reaching decent levels of fame. Which has created a list of bands/artists whom I'm basically telling you to keep an eye on, because they could blow into the mainstream at any minute.
First up, one of my favourite bands out at the moment. Types have nailed down a niche market in Indie music that I didn't even know I was looking for. However, their debut EP was absolutely phenomenal and even featured in my top 10 albums of the mid-year list. Their new single I Can Taste Blood is very much different yet still prominently their sound. That explicit showing of versatility ensures that they're going to stick around.
I saw Estrons live when they supported Slaves on their 'Back In The Van' tour at The Cookie in Leicester, And ever since then they've always stood ut as different in my mind. One of those support acts who you grow to love. Their lead singers passion and charisma is so infectious and compelling that I find it hard to ever turn a Estrons record off. I'd recommend catching them on their upcoming tour!
As far as young, unsigned artists go it doesn't get better than Tiny Hueman. A phenomenal mixing pot of Grunge, Rock, Indie and everything else you can think off. It all blends together behind Richie's fantastic vocals to create a phenomenal EP. Their debut EP, Shallow, is a must listen for fans of American, straight to the point, no holds barrred Indie rock.
I'm ashamed to say that I only got into Marika Hackman's music a few months ago. Because her craft has grasped me tighter than any other artist ever has. Her album I'm Not Your Man will probably easily make my top 20 albums of the year list towards december time. To think that Marika is only playing smaller venues is crazy to me, because her no filter lyrics and songwriting skills should connect with so many people. She also has a knack for a bit of dry humour on some of her songs. Phenomenal.
I adore these guys. They haven't made a single bad song yet that I've actually heard. And what an honour it was to be able to listen to their latest single YOUTH before its release in July. What makes these guys from Wales so great is that they can take all the elements from prog rock, funk, hip hop and create music that could be so universally recognised as a We're No Heroes tune. If you've never heard their song Stay Weird
Dreamy pop trio, The Real Cool. These guys claim to have taken their influence from bands such as The 1975 and LANY, but I would pt an argument forward to say that they're better than LANY. Their debut EP, The Way Back, created such infectious summer vibes that if you closed your eyes whilst playing it you could almost see a beach. But what drew me to the Birmingham guys in the first place was how well produced all of their songs are, you would be mistaken to think that this band had already been signed and were recording in state-of-the-art studios with world renowned producers. But they're not, so lord knows how good the music will be when they are.
What can I say about Stevie Parker that I haven't already? Her debut album, The Cure, is one of my favourite releases this year. And my hand signed vinyl copy I will treasure until the day I die. However, it's Stevies knack for being relateable that moves her music and songwriting in to the upper echelon. And they do say that the best music is drawn from self-experiences so Miss Parker's heart breakingly written debut comes from the right place, and hits the right spot.
I discovered No Hot Ashes whilst on a trawl through Twitter looking for up and coming bands nigh on last year. And to be honest the first time I listened to them, I disregarded them and went about my day. However, later that day I found myself singing "She's got me dancing" over and over until I finally let the "Goose" free. And what a rise they've had in my head since then. Goose is now constantly in rotation on my Spotify, as is Bellyaches. And something else they have down to a tee, is that the lads are just so likeable, which comes across in my interview I conducted with them.
Cabbage are a punk band from Manchester, and they've seen rise upon rise in the past year. Leading to their debut LP being released in February 2017, and that is one of my favourite records of the year because they aren't afraid to say what they're thinking and they wont shy away from a topic once they've curated a record based on it. Their merch which said "I was born in the NHS, I want to die in the NHS" just proves that point. If you're looking for some very grimy, dirty punk music then Cabbage should be your first port of call.
The Scottish future rockers have me absolutely captivated. I find their music so intriguing and it's like those films where the more you watch it, the more you notice. And to top it all of Lily and Gordon are truly, genuinely nice people and it was such a privilege to interview them. What else is really interesting is the genuine learning curve you can see in their music and once Lily begun to sing on their tracks it really moved it into the upper echelon.