Madrid gang The Parrots might seem like party-hard, fun-loving guys but, underneath it all, there's something darker going on. 'I'm Not Alone', the first track from their debut UK EP 'Weed For The Parrots', has them recalling "taking too many drugs in a bad moment of your life" over rumbling garage-punk, a subtle sadness chiming through frontman Diego Garcia's weaving guitar lines. "I get up, I get up, I get up/And go far away from you," he rasps, defiant and hurting.
Kicking off this week’s Buzz playlist of breaking/unknown bands we love are the great Coneheads, from north-west Indiana. Last year’s ‘Canadian Cone’ tape is an absolute gem, and certainly one of the best lowkey north American releases I’ve heard in years, right up there with the early stuff from Merchandise, Sheer Mag and Milk Music. Much like that last band, they’re pretty press shy.
In one of NME's regular new music columns, Girl Band frontman Dara Kiely singles out his favourite new acts right now. Read why and listen to the lot below. We’ve been a part of the Irish independent music scene in some shape or form since we were about 15 years old, and I think I can relate to it more so now than ever before. Small indie labels are popping up everywhere. From the pretty pop-tastical Popical Island collective to the jazz-indie-inspired Trout Records, it’s a lovely thing to witness.
Meet the wide-eyed Londoners channelling the spirit of indie’s finest.
This week's selection of new bands includes the first new material from former Bos Angeles man Richard Board, going under his new guise of Husband Material, as well as a pick from Tim Burgess (Chastity Belt, who "look like they don't take any shit," according to The Charlatans singer). Elsewhere there's rising London indie kids Inheaven and New Zealand's answer to FKA Twigs, Imugi.