It's time for Part 4 of The Artists of Tomorrow series and it's safe to say that this one is an absolute corker. With bands ranging from the out-there noise rock to the lo-fi sound of others. These lists are always incredibly exciting for me to write because they always make me giddy for the future of the music. I'm thinking of making a constant-updating playlist of the bands that make these lists so let me know if you'd follow that on Spotify! Enjoy the following bands...
October Drift are probably the band I'm listening to most at the moment. It's hard to remember the last time I got this excited by a rock band. Their blend of quiet, inviting vocals mixed with spaced out guitars and heavy drums is something that I can imagine a lot of people getting on board with and hopefully their live shows are absolutely mental as I'm going to see them in april. If you're going to check them out then start with the unmistakably catchy sound of "Cherry Red", it's fantastic.
I first saw SMS when they supported Riscas at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham. And to be honest the fact that these guys aren't massive yet is beyond my thought process. One of the most fun, imaginative, innovative and exciting indie pop bands I've ever had the pleasure of listening to, let alone getting the chance to interview. I'd reccomend checking out the absolute tunes that are "She Tastes Like Summer" and "Amsterdam" as they are two songs that should have busted the charts wide open. If you're looking for your indie fix, then look no further.
Candid are quite special in the fact that I would rather hear them live than listen to a recording. When I saw them live they were one of the most clean, slick and loud performances I've ever seen. Not only that but it was clear to see how much they loved performing, which is especially hard when the crowd aren't there to specifically see you. I'd never heard of them before seeing them live but now I'm a massive fan, can't wait to see them again.
Unfortunately I missed out on seeing Bloxx live because the Pale Waves gig in Birmingham still went ahead and I was snowed in, as were the majority of people who were going I assume. Nonetheless, Bloxx produce such infectious bubblegum pop to the point where they intrude on your feelings and dish out happiness. A very exciting female-fronted band, and I guarantee they're going to be your next favourite band, I can't wait to see them at The Cookie.
I see The Rhythm Method getting far too much hate, and not enough love. It's crazy that some of your favourite artists love them (Bastille most recently showed their love) and you've not become one of the converted yet. The frontman, Joey, is one of the most charismatic and funny performers I've ever had the pleasure of seeing, with his laidback style and genuinely addictive songs they're undoubtedly the next big thing. Those of you looking to start should check out "Something For The Weekend" and "Party Politics". Certified Bangers.Vrillon are her to prove that right. The Bath-based band are gaining some real traction in their own town and it wont be long before that spreads nationwide. Their music is becoming more and more polished with every track they make, it's going to be really interesting to see what sort of project they produce at the end of this.
Blushes are hotly tipped to be the next big thing and recently gained a feature in NME's Under The Radar series (Not that NME are credible anymore... but at least they were at some point...). Blushes are very exciting with their blend of genres and their unique sound which, ultimately, produce some toe tappers that a lot of bands would love to make. Check out their single "Honey", it's brilliant.
Always support local talent. And up and coming talent, Skirt, are one of the most exciting things to be coming out of Leicester right now. Skirt are loud and proud and they're growing a lot of support right now as they begin to embark on gigs outside of Leicester. If you're looking for a little more excitement in your music and in your life then you should check out Skirt and get yourself along to one of their gigs.
And last but not least are the first band to earn a 10 rating for their album from KMMR this year. The Orielles' music is a perfect blend of pop, psychedelia, rock, prog and loads of other things thrown into a big cauldron where these 3 phenomenally talented musicians popped out and produced the gem that is 'Silver Dollar Moment' including certified bangers such as "Let Your Dogtooth Grow" and "Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)" along with the more atmospheric tracks such as "Liminal Spaces". Listening to their music is a fun experience and that's exactly the way it should be!