Swn Festival takes place this weekend (November 7-8) at various venues in Cardiff, including a stage run by Jack Rocks. NME’s New Music Editor, Matt Wilkinson has selected four bands you need to see if you’re heading down.
The Big Moon
Four perennially tipsy London girls (pictured above) who literally dance on to the stage before annihilating it with pristinely crafted indie goodness. They say they’re influenced by Fat White Family and Palma Violets’ ability to bridge the gap between audience and band, and they look set to take that blueprint kicking and screaming into the mainstream.
Best track: ‘Nothing Without You’
Hear them: soundcloud.com/commoonicate
Detroit punks Protomartyr have been toiling away in the underworld for years now, so it’s nice to see them finally get some mainstream love. They’re one of America’s most exciting, intelligent bands – angsty, doom-laden and gloriously loud.
Best track: ‘Scum, Rise!’
Hear them: soundcloud.com/protomartyr
Hooton Tennis Club
Named after a real-life tennis club near their hometown and praised by everybody from punk legend Wreckless Eric to ex-Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones, this lot make fuzzy, good-time indie seem brand new again.
Best track: ‘P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E’
Hear them: hootontennisclub.bandcamp.com
Hannah Rodgers is one of London’s most promising songwriters. Part of the same London scene as Wolf Alice, she’s signed to devout indie
label 4AD and, musically, is able to veer from Grimes-like kookiness to the kind of sweet, mumsy-balladry that’s tailor-made for homely Christmas TV ads.
Best track: ‘Fall In’
Hear them: pixxmusic.com
Swn Festival: The Details
DATE: November 7-8
LOCATION: Various venues, Cardiff
TICKETS: £25 (day)-£47 (weekend)
Cant make it? No worries, head over to NME.com/jackrocks next week to see exclusive content from the Jack Rocks Stage at Swn.