Lolawolf

Jim Hendrix impersonator sires 80s NYC disco-pop wild child. Are you gonna go her way? Hometown: Brooklyn. The lineup: Zoe Kravitz, James Levy, Raviv Ullman, Jimmy Giannopoulos. The background: “Would you take me to the West Side – would that be alright?” ZoĆ« Kravitz ever so politely enquires on Drive, the lead track on Lolawolf’s […]

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Naked (On Drugs)

Franco-Manc duo with an artful combination of sleaze and menace. Hometown: Manchester. The lineup: Sebastien Perrin (vocals), Luke Byron Scott (guitar). The background: There’s a photo of today’s new duo, naked, although whether they’re on drugs we can’t tell. We can tell, however, that the photo of them was taken in the bath, which is […]

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Michael A Grammar

New Midlands band channelling Madchester via the Thames Valley. Hometown: Nottingham. The lineup: Frankie Mockett (guitar, vocals), Joel Sayers (guitar, vocals), Daniel Ondieki (bass), John Davies (drums). The background: Michael A Grammar are like a Manchester band doing an impression of a Thames Valley one; a hybrid of baggy and shoegaze. That’s not as curdling […]

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IC1s

These Harrow lads make music for terraces, in the yob-anthem vein of Sham 69 (with a little U2 guitar) Hometown: Harrow. The lineup: Daniel Coburn (vocals), Jesse James (guitars), John Campbell (guitars), Leon Dee (bass), Andy Faulkner (drums). The background: They headlined HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival and played on the Emerging Icons Festival Stage […]

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Air Traffic Controller

Quirkily infectious geek-pop from the States. Prediction: they might be giants. Hometown: Boston, USA. The lineup: Dave Munro (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar), Richie Munro (drums), Steve Scott (keyboards, effects, electric guitar), Casey Sullivan (lead vocals, bass, mandolin), Kiara Ana (viola). The background: Air Traffic Controller are one of those bands where it’s really […]

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The Moth and the Flame

Indie rock that is dour yet dazzling, from the home of Donny and Marie. Hometown: Provo, Utah. The lineup: Brandon Robbins (vocals, guitar), Mark Garbett (keyboards, vocals), Andrew Tolman (backing vocals, drums). The background: The Moth and the Flame are fulfilling a need, if indeed such a demand exists, for a Coldplay/Flaming Lips hybrid. They’re […]

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Saint Motel

If Jarvis Cocker moved to LA and made an album of yacht-rock influenced Britpop, it might sound like this. Hometown: Los Angeles. The lineup: A/J Jackson (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Chondrak “Dak” Lerdamornpong (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums). The background: Saint Motel are a Brit-indie band trapped in the bodies of four […]

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