From: Melbourne, Australia
Sounds like: A one woman Beastie Girl, Ecca fuses punk, hardcore, pop and electronica with brutal power.
For fans of: Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, MIA.
Need to know: Ecca has pals in high places – Refused’s Dennis Lyxzén and Letlive’s Jason Aalon Butler feature on her track ‘Price of Living’, which features on her self-titled debut
album. It came out at the end of 2017 and is a heavy, heady treat.
Essential track: ‘Broke Days, Party Nights’
From: Los Angeles, California
Sounds like: Glammy, stomping sparkle-rock delivered by a gang of teenage thrift-store angels.
For fans of: The Lemon Twigs, T Rex
Need to know: Elton John – yep, that Elton John – is a big fan of the band, playing their debut single ‘Ants’ on his Beats 1 show The Rocket Hour last year. Ryan Adams has produced their debut album, out right now.
Essential track: ‘Ants’
Sounds like: Lo-fi New Wave grooves meets an unrelenting post-punk mindset.
For fans of: Joy Division, Parquet Courts
Need to know: Having proved their weight supporting Canadian band METZ, the Leeds group have now worked with Hookworms’ MJ on their twisted debut EP ‘Third Article’.
Essential track: ‘Silk Spirit’
Sounds like: Visceral post-punk with serious heart.
For fans of: The Fall, Wire
Need to know: The band’s stunning debut ‘Songs Of Praise’ was recorded in a mere 10 days in 2017. The frantic ‘Donk’ are proof of the album’s speedy completion.
Essential track: ‘Concrete’
Sounds like: Riding the teacups while someone drives a pneumatic drill into your left temple.
For fans of: Pavement, Blur
Need to know: A few of the band spent time as session musicians for Frank Ocean, and some of the R&B superstar’s smoothness seems to have influenced their otherwise scratchy, staccato art-pop rhythms.
Essential track: ‘Twisted Wheel’
From: New York City, USA
Sound like: Scuzzy indie-rock with gigantic choruses aplenty.
Need to know: The band worked with Parquet Courts producer Jonathan Schenke on debut EP ‘Five A Side’, sharing the garage-rockers’ DIY ethos on every track.
Essential track: ‘In Yer Time’