We’re looking back at some of the Band Crush recommendations that have been made in the mag this year. Starting with: Rhys Webb, The Horrors: “Advert are one of the most exciting bands in east London now. They’re really raw, isolated and not bothered about being part of any scene.” (NME, 24th July issue).
Florence Welch, Florence And The Machine: “Babeshadow have been brightening up my pre-tour rituals with their open-hearted calypso-style beautiful pop songs. Their jackets are also always pretty smashing.” (NME, 22nd May issue).
Oliver Sim, The xx: “James Blake is the one artist emerging from the UK all three of us are most excited about. He makes electronic bass music, and has recently started singing over the top of his productions. He has an amazing voice.” (NME, 1st May issue).
Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast: “There’s a really awesome band called Dunes from LA. They just put an EP out, ad they do an awesome post-punk meets Cocteau Twins sort of thing. It’s neat, you should check them out.” (NME, 23rd October issue).
Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend: “We toured with this really cool Australian band called Cloud Control. There’s one girl, the rest are guys, and they have sweet harmonies. They just released their first album.” (NME, 5th June issue).
Ty, New Young Pony Club: “Teeth are a London/NYC collective. We toured with them in March and as well as being lovely people, they have a great sound – like Yoko Ono and her band. There’s an EP out in September.” (NME, 29th May issue).
Pink Eyes, Fucked Up: “Gape Attack are a real dark, minimal synth band from Seattle. I know nest to nothing about them – there’s no information on their seven-inch. My friend who works at a record store took me aside and said, ‘I think this is up your alley’, and he was right. It’s amazing.” (NME, 24th April issue).
Skream: “You have to check out Kito: she’s an Australian DJ who’s making a really interesting and original new take on dubstep. She’s on of my favourite artists right now, her beats are amazing.” (NME, 21st August issue).
Angus Andrew, Liars: “Factory Floor. It reminds me of Underworld, even though I was talking to Dom from the band and he didn’t get that. They’re doing something new and something I’d like to be doing.” (NME, 26th June issue).
James Buckley, The Inbetweeners: “States of Emotion are an excellent group. They’re from Brentwood. I did one of their videos [for ‘The Unsung’]. They’re just a very good indie guitar band, definitely worth checking out.” (NME, 16th October issue).
Spiral Stairs, Pavement: “The Fresh & Onlys are a really cool psychedelic band from San Francisco. They almost sound like the first Echo & The Bunnymen record.” (NME, 19th June issue).
Marcus Mumford, Mumford And Sons: “We met The Middle East at Laneway Festival in their native Australia and invited them to explore North America with us for five weeks of gigs in May and June. They write beautiful songs and their live show is ridiculously inspiring.” (NME, 10th April issue).
Kele Okereke: “I’m currently gagging hard on the Menomena album ‘Mines’. I’ve loved all of their records but this one takes the biscuit, minimal quasi-orchestral prog rock. I love it.” (NME, 7th August issue).
Carl Barat: “The Langley Sisters started as a 1940’s thing, but they’ve now branched out. They do this amazing cover of ‘No One Knows’, but their own song writing is some of the best I’ve ever heard.” (NME, 17th July issue).
George Barnett, These New Puritans: “KETU are a very cool new band. They’re from Southend and I’ve been watching their formation intently. If you’ve enjoyed what we do at all, listen to them. They’re fronted by a hot girl and all are proper musicians too. They sound new and huge.” (NME, 17th April issue).
Felix White, The Maccabees: “We first met La Shark in the guise of Josh Weller’s backing band. In the two years since, we have keenly followed their progress – they’re a band of genuine eccentricities.” (NME, 11th September issue).
Marina Diamandis, Marina And The Diamonds: “I met a girl called Meredith Sheldon in the States. She doesn’t gig or anything, but her music’s subtle and atmospheric. I really like it, and I’m fussy!” (NME, 3rd July issue).
Gareth Campesinos!, Los Campesinos!: “Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) is a guy from Seattle who writes beautiful, haunting piano ballads that just dig into your soul; it’s the most fragile and overwhelming music I’ve heard in a long time.” (NME, 8th May issue).
Laura-Mary Carter, Blood Red Shoes: “2:54 are a band of two sisters from London – I discovered them through a friend and heard their name is taken from a Melvins song, so they had to be good! They’re kinda like a more spooky MBV.” (NME, 18th September issue).
Tim Burgess, The Charlatans: “I’ve just recorded two tracks with Blue On Blue in my studio up in Crewe. They’re a dark London band who have a bubblegum side as well. Singer Dee was in An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump.” (NME, 9th October issue).
Keith Murray, We Are Scientists: “We love Rewards, the new project by [ex-Chairlift] Aaron Pfenning. The stuff he’s getting up is fairly dark and sleazy ‘80s-style electro-pop.” (NME, 14th August issue).
Jonathan Higgs, Everything Everything: “Clock Opera did a remix for us. They’re amazing producers more than anything. Their songs are good but they’re going to get better and they’re going to do something special soon.” (NME, 25th September issue).
Xavier De Rosnay, Justice: “We’ve been fans of Breakbot for a decade now, so it’s about time he gained some proper attention. He makes futuristic, non-ironic blue-eyed soul, which always touches us.” (NME, 31st July issue).
Yanis Philippakis, Foals: “I saw this techno-pop duo called Sexy Sushi at the Bourges Festival in France recently and I was just transfixed. The singer sounded so pained, but her energy was mesmerising – the crowd were going insane.” (NME, 15th May issue).
Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai: “I really love oOoOO’s self-titled EP – it’s one of the best I’ve heard in years. There’s something really ethereal and heavy about it.” (NME, 13th November issue).
Jamie Righton, Klaxons: “Our live keyboardist Anthony played us Fiction, and we decided to take them out supporting us. They’re a post punk band, but have a far wider range of ideas than most I’ve heard in recent years.” (NME, 2nd October issue).