With Brighton’s new music festival The Great Escape kicking off today, here are ten of the best unknown bands you need to check out, along with all of their shows and times.
Let’s Eat Grandma
This week’s New Band Of The Week on NME. They’re two teens from Norwich who make witchy, off-kilter pop and are about to release one of 2016’s most exciting albums, I Gemini. The track above, ‘Deep Six Text Book’, is on it, and this version was recorded as an NME Basement Session earlier this month.
Thursday, 8:30pm, The Haunt
Friday night/Saturday morning, 1am, Latest Music Bar
Led by a brilliant emerging songwriter and singer called Nigel Chapman, this lot come from Nova Scotia and blew us away at SXSW. If you like North American punk poets with a bit of heart to what they do, then don’t miss.
Thursday, 22:30pm, Latest Music Bar
Friday 12:30pm, Green Door Store
Saturday, 14:30pm, Bleach
One of a number of hyped Australian artists to make to journey to Brighton, Julia Jacklin’s debut single ‘Pool Party’ has seen a number of record labels vie for her attention.
Thursday, 2:15pm, Komedia
Friday, 11:30pm, The Haunt
Saturday, 2:30pm, Spiegeltent
Hannah Rogers returned earlier this week with a striking new look and a brilliant piece of pop in latest single ‘Baboo’.
Thursday, 8:30pm, Sallis Benny Theatre
This south London lot (pictured at the top of the page) started out rehearsing at Fat White Family’s space and came out the other side as one of the country’s most interesting, engaging new prospects. While they’ve played extensively in London over the past 12 months, honing their craft, these shows will be the first time the wider world get s a look at them. The live video above, directed by Micachu and Tony Harewood is one of the most visceral things you’ll see all year.
Saturday, 2:30pm, Hope
Saturday, 5.35pm, Bleach
After causing a storm at Brisbane’s Big Sound festival late last year, trio Methyl Ethel were snapped up by 4AD. They come from the same town as Tame Impala and write similarly infectious psych pop, albeit with a chorus-friendly twist on it.
Thursday, 2:55, Sound Gallery @ Komedia
Thursday, 9:30pm, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Saturday, 1:20pm, Bleach
The Cardiff act released a storming single called ‘Make A Man’ last year, and are leading the charge of new British indie kids making radio friendly punk.
Saturday, 10:25pm, Bleach
Gang Of Youths
This lot embody the spirit of early Arcade Fire, and mix it with the euphoria of seeing Bruce Springsteen in a stadium. It’s a powerful concoction.
Saturday, 7:30pm, Concorde 2
Saturday, 3:35pm, Concorde 2
Like a cross between FIDLAR and The Strokes, the Californian act arrive in the UK on a wave of hype, after a particularly raucous, sweaty and shitkicking SXSW.
Saturday, 8pm, Horatio’s
City Calm Down
Yet more Aussies, although City Calm Down plunder a doomy trade. You can tell they’ve pored over every Joy Division/New Order bootleg available. Aesthetically they’ve got it nailed down.
Thursday, 8:30pm, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Saturday, 12:15pm, Concorde 2