The Buzz – Five New Bands You Need To Hear this Week

1. Seratones – SXSW faves drop debut video

It’s been five long months since we last wrote about Seratones. The Shreveport, Louisiana fourpiece blew us away at SXSW, despite being so new they were only really playing shows to a jaw-dropped few. Frontwoman AJ – a teacher in her spare time – is a force to be reckoned with onstage, with a somewhat mesmerising voice and style that’s reminiscent of Sister Rosetta Tharpe: she’s bullish and coy all rolled into one, and she’s got a thunderous ability to let rip when the music calls for it too. Today, they’re back with their debut video, for ‘Don’t Need It’, a Hendrix-gone-soul track that has the one of the ballsiest and best outro’s I’ve heard all year. If this is them finally kicking things off, it bodes pretty damn well for 2016… (MW)

2. Tired Lion – Charismatic alt-rock from Perth

Hailing from Australia’s western coast, Tired Lion released their second EP ‘Figurine’ last month. While mostly packed with surges of undeniable energy in its grungy riffs and weighty bass, there’s an unsuspecting ambience that shines through. Brought to life by Sophie Hopes’ boundless vocal, ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’ is fuelled by its straight talking words, carrying a cool sense of fun, in a similar vein to Wolf Alice. Joined by Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey, each track channels a wild confidence that doesn’t back down. Having completed their first headline tour in Australia, hopefully they’ll be descending on the UK very soon. (HF)

3. Hand Of God – Techno-tinged Shamir collaborator comes good

The great thing about Shamir, when he emerged last spring, was how diverse his music was. On the one hand, here was a kid who could cover country singer Lindi Ortega with an acoustic guitar on a Brooklyn boulevard and make it seem like the most natural thing in the world. On the other, there were the full on, James Murphy-style dance freakouts that pushed his debut EP ‘Northtown’ and album ‘Ratchet’ into the public realm. And if you liked that stuff, then Hand Of God should appeal too – it’s Jeremy Krinsley, who did a tonne of the keyboard work with Shamir , as well as playing in Alan Watts and remixing Sky Ferreira. His debut EP came out today on Godmode and is streaming above. (MW)

4. Dreamtrak – Producer extraordinaire steps out of the shadows

Oliver Horton is better known for his increasingly in-demand work as a producer (Foals, Swim Deep), but the forthcoming release of his debut Dreamtrak EP on Double Denim Records will solidify his status as an outstanding musician in his own right. An avid synthesizer connoisseur, he is most often found holed up in his Hackney studio, surrounded by an arsenal of vintage musical contraptions (though he has also been spotted at European synthesizer conventions and on Kraftwerk sabbatical in Scandinavia). It’s no surprise, then, to hear that his debut short-play features a vivid spectrum of electronic genres from across the years. Lead single ‘Bad Thoughts’ channels Italo-disco with a pounding beat and dancefloor-ready, industrial groove. ‘Contemporary’ is full of the kind of vibrant electro-house melodies that would have had DFA Recordings knocking on the door in the mid-2000s, while ‘The Tide’ is an unabashed tribute to ABBA’s disco pop that also recalls John Carpenter’s ‘80s horror movie scores with it’s arpeggiated bass sequences. Already something of a legend in his own field, Dreamtrak can only go up from here. (JB)

5. Flamingo Pier – Tropical funk from London-based party hosts

As well as hosting their own nights on a canal boat/floating pontoon in Hackney Wick, London collective Flamingo Pier have shared the first cuts from debut EP ‘FPC001’. Released on their own label, ‘Waiting For You’ is a glistening funk-driven trip with hints of disco and bordering on tropical house. The simple lyrics, “Baby can’t you read my mind, can’t you read between the lines”, effortlessly laze around on top of the groove. This week, they’ve put out ‘Say It Like You Mean It, another slick, original jam, cementing their potential ahead of the EP release on September 14. (HF)

Words: Matt Wilkinson, Hayley Fox, James Bentley