Here we are with the 17 buzziest bands of the week, as taken form NME's Radar section in current issue of the mag (January 24, 2015). Pick of the bunch for me are new London fourpiece The Moon (pictured above). I was lucky enough to be invited to a rehearsal with them late last year, and was sufficiently impressed. Some of their tunes (not the one below, admittedly) had a kind of Slits-esque groove to them, while others, like the brilliant 'Eureka Moment' remind me of Britpop's more sultry moments.
Londoners Charles Howl – headed up by Proper Ornaments’ bassist Charles, and drummer Danny – are an act we’ve been keeping our eye on for a while now.
In just 12 months, Fat White Family have gone from radical underdogs to a band at the tip of the cultural clusterfuck they once railed against. NME’s Barry Nicolson meets them in NYC, and finds out what exactly they’ve been doing with John Lennon’s old mellotron... Some bands crave success like a drug. Others place their stock in the bankrupt notion of cool. Some are in it for the girls, or the parties, or the doors that fame might open for them. Some have noble intentions and are unwilling to compromise, while most bend over and bite the pillow.
The cascade of exciting music kicking off 2015 continues apace with the self-titled debut album from Boxed In. Oli Bayston, the main guy behind the project, is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds. Can, Neu! and Theo Parrish are some of his influences and he’s written for 2 Bears as well as producing for The Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas. You can listen to the first solo album exclusively below.
More than 2,200 bands play Austin’s SXSW festival each year, so it takes something pretty special to cut through the margarita fuzz and stand out from the melee. Last year, four unassuming teenagers from the tiny town of Lititz, Pennsylvania managed it. Anyone who witnessed The Districts’ incendiary live show came away raving about their fully formed rock’n’roll epics, and in particular fresh-faced lead singer Rob Grote, whose voice sounded like it belonged to a man who’d been headlining festivals since Woodstock.