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17 New Bands You Have To Hear

By NME Blog

Posted on 08 Oct 12

 
 

Last week's issue of NME was all about new bands, featuring our favourite new act Palma Violets on the cover. But don't just take our word for who the hottest new acts are - we've asked some of your favourite bands to recommend their top tips for who to listen to. Scroll down for recommendations from the likes of Felix from The Maccabees, Brian from The Gaslight Anthem, Carl Barat, Ben Lovett, Natasha Khan and more.



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“I saw The Crookes at the Water Rats in London for one of Steve Lamacq’s nights a few months ago. I left thinking, ‘I can’t wait to see where they take it in the next couple of years.’’’


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"Eyes On Film. Their songs will grab you through the stomach, grasp you by the spine before snapping it in two… without really giving a fuck.”


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“I’m going to be cheeky here and pick one band and one solo artist. The band is Montreal’s Half Moon Run – potentially one of the most important bands debuting an album this year. It’s progressive without being pretentious. And my favourite new songwriter is Joe Banfi from Sheffield. He’s dark, edgy, serene and beautiful.”


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“The singer from Cheap Girls, Ian Graham, has such a distinctive voice. It doesn’t sound like anything or anybody else – I felt the same way when I heard Bob Mould sing for the first time. Their music has got this really droney feel.”


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“Sunless '77. I love this band, and their production is so expansive and daring. Every new song is a contradiction to the last. The matching imagery I’ve seen makes me think of all the greatest cult/occult bands I grew up worshipping.”


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“Active Child. It’s a guy from America and he’s got this beautiful falsetto, slightly Sigur Ròs-y, slightly Antony & The Johnsons, but he plays harp and makes this sexy, dark, electronic, romantic music with him warbling over the top. I discovered his album at Amoeba Music, this huge record shop in LA – it was one of their top picks.”


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“Mikal Cronin. He plays with Ty Segall, and he’s got a fucking good record out. If you go on YouTube there’s some great acoustic stuff by him. I like his voice; he does good rock’n’roll.”


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“Fly Golden Eagle. They’ve got a mixture of ’90s R&B sounds with a rock’n’roll structure. We’ve asked them to tour with us for our US shows.”


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“Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are purely amazing. I stumbled across Jim’s music a few years back and have been watching him closely ever since. His new record ‘Death’, on Xtra Mile Recordings, is perfection. I’m taking him and his boys out on the road with me in November to spread the word. Come and hear him for yourselves – don’t just take my word for it.”


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“Public Service Broadcasting. It’s enigmatic propaganda-pop with flashes of krautrock and electronica. Music that perfectly frames imagery and sounds of the past. A wonderful accompaniment for reading Orwell to in these cold times.”


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“I’m very biased, you see! But I’m just going to have to say Rise To Remain. I’ve heard some bits of the second record and they sound really great – it’s pretty good, and very bloody heavy. I’m ever so proud.”


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“Aquaserge. They play totally dedicated hyper-prog. All their albums have to do with this superhero called Aquaserge; I think he’s a submarine. To play like that you have to be half mathematician and half musician. I don’t know how they do it!”


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“We first heard Deaf Club last summer and fell in love. They really know how to build atmosphere, live and on record. It’s deep and dark with beautiful melodies. They’ve got soul. They are our much-treasured tour buddies too.”


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“The Slow Readers Club. There’s a band that I played with at Salford Music Festival when I made one of my surprise appearances recently. I first became aware of them when they were called Omerta, and I like the fact that their music has a simplicity to it. I’d had the album for ages on my iPod without realising it – now I know why.”


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“Outfit. They’re Scousers that sound like Talking Heads and they’re relaxed about being melodic and presentable. It sounds cheesy but they’re really enjoyable to listen to and you can see at their gigs that they’re having a good time.”


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“Theesatisfaction. Basically it’s the sister group of Shabazz Palaces. We just met them in Seattle – it was odd to see them after having a YouTube fixation on them. But fucking great.”


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“Stealing Sheep. We asked them to tour with us in February. I enjoyed their earlier EPs but onstage it was obvious their music was blossoming – they have a great energy and weirdness when they play on stage. We ended up singing ‘Gold’ (badly) in the van after every gig on that tour.”



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