Sounds like: Momentous rock anthems that pack both bark and bite.
For fans of: No Doubt, Queens Of The Stone Age
Need to know: When they signed their record deal, the band got so pissed that their gig later that day was a bit of a disaster. Debut EP ‘Heavy’ is a pure headbanging triumph though, so it’s all good.
Essential track: ‘Bubblegum’
Gaffa Tape Sandy
From: Bury St Edmunds
Sounds like: Bring Me The Horizon doing Busted covers.
For fans of: Ty Segall, Paramore
Need to know: The punk band say they have “an undying love for music that makes you want to move around and punch your best friend in the head”. We’re in!
Essential track: ‘Beehive’
Sounds like: A brawl down your local fight club.
For fans of: Death Grips, Metz
Need to know: The trio combines sludge-like riffs, atonal grunts, bone-rattling percussion and sickeningly fast tempos to create a doomy, art-rock noise that feels like being concreted
into a wall. Sweet dreams.
Essential track: ‘Good Company’
The Pale White
Sounds like: Hip-swaggering blues tunes catchier than Freshers Flu.
For fans of: The Black Keys, Kings Of Leon
Need to know: Fast becoming one of the North East’s hottest groups, the trio’s first EP evokes memories of The White Stripes early material – scrawling riffs and spikey rhythms aplenty.
Essential track: ‘Reaction’
Sounds like: Thrilling garage-indie anthems.
For fans of: Blossoms, The Strokes
Need to know: If there’s any band that encapsulates the chaotic spirit of early-‘00s indie, it’s Sheffield group RedFaces. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ and ‘Kerosene’ are magnificent launching
pads for the group.
Essential track: ‘Take It Or Leave It’