It’s usually the domain of NME’s man-about-town Radar section editor Jaimie Hodgson to highlight the best new bands that are teetering with what physicians call ‘potential energy’ and on the brink of doing great things.
But I thought I’d pick out 6 that I’ve been enjoying as it feels like there are such rich pickings currently. The ultra-scenesters reading this will no doubt point out that some of the bands below are old hat, having played to 11 people in a Hoxton basement in January. But fuck them. It’s been a drab day and if someone reading this comes away with just one new track they love, then I can go home happy.
First up, Golden Silvers. NME favourites and supports to Blur at Hyde Park on the Thursday (ok, the cat may already be out of the bag on this one if 55,000 gig-goers have already seen them live) their debut album ‘True Romance’ is astonishing.
Golden Silvers – ‘True Romance (No.9 Blues)’:
Wolf Gang, aka Max Elligott, has just dropped out of the London School Of Economics (hell, it was good enough for Mick Jagger) and plays live across a series of dates in London in July. His Levi’s Ones To Watch show also boasts the excellent Everything Everything and Post War Years.
Listen to Wolf Gang’s ‘Pieces Of You’ and the incredible ‘Night Flying’ here – he doesn’t have any videos yet, from what I can see, so here’s a clip of Post War Years and a free Wolf Gang download in the mean time.
Post War Years – ‘Whole World On Its Head’:
Chew Lips also play at the Levi’s 5 Night Revue shows this week. Unlucky if you missed them. Console yourself with the video to electro-pop-meets-Yeah-Yeah-Yeahs masterpiece ‘Solo’ or grab a Lovebox festival ticket for next weekend when they support Simian Mobile Disco, Duran Duran and N.E.R.D in Victoria Park.
You can also download a free Chew Lips remix here.
Chew Lips – ‘Solo’ (audio only):
Finally, Neon Gold Records‘ Yes Giantess make blissed-out synth-pop with a twist and will be at Latitude festival this month before supporting the by now well-established Little Boots on her American summer tour.
Yes Giantess don’t have a video yet, so to sign off here’s a track from Ungdomskulen, simply because not enough people that I talk to seem to have heard the ballsy Norwegian Viking-rock trio or seen their pounding live show which I guarantee, will make you grin from ear to ear.
Ungdomskulen – ‘Spartacus’ (audio only):
Let me know what you think of the bands by commenting below – or if you’ve got other new bands to recommend, post links to their MySpace…