LA via Cardiff songwriter H Hawkline has been making underground waves with his self-described "strange pop" for a few years now, but it's with latest album 'In The Pink Of Condition' that he's set to make a big splash. His first as a signed artist, the record is out on February 2 via Heavenly.
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.
Hiss Golden Messenger's fifth album, 'Lateness Of Dancers', was one of 2014's most under the radar gems: "an Americana record of immense spiritual and musical grace", according to NME's 9/10 review. It was also MC Taylor's first for fabled North Carolina indie label, Merge.
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.