The whole point of the NME New Breed Tour 2014 is to highlight the most exciting up’n’coming music out there. It’s supposed to be a showcase of everything that’s great about now, about everything that’s – with a bit of luck – gonna be crossing over to the mainstream in the years to come and about everything that’s getting us lot here at NME excited when we stick it on the stereo and turn it up loud.
As well as main acts Superfood and Honeyblood, we’ve also handpicked the support bands on each date of the tour, shining a light on the best local talent out there and the acts we think are worth keeping an eye on now and in the future. Read more about them shortly, but first the headline artists.
Superfood: Following in the footsteps of Peace and Swim Deep, Superfood are the latest band to burst out of Birmingham with a knack for a massive chorus and a quest to make people dance. They’ve carved out a formidable live reputation and their debut album, ‘Don’t Say That’, received an 8/10 review in the pages of NME and was described by NME Assistant Reviews Editor Rhian Daly as an LP “that turns mundane everyday experiences into dreamy, surreal highs.” The album’s currently streaming on NME.COM – give it a listen here.
Honeyblood: Last month, drummer Shona McVicar quit Honeyblood, but fear not: they’ll still be on the road with Superfood for the NME New Breed Tour, with singer Stina Tweeddale set to be joined by drummer Cat Myers. Glasgow duo Tweeddale and McVicar – both obsessive fans of Bikini Kill and The Breeders – recorded their debut self-titled album in Connecticut and their alt-pop anthems are laced with a stinging line in anger. Speaking about the line-up changes in this week’s NME, Tweeddale told NME’s David Renshaw: “Cat has a lot of energy so we’re playing faster and harder now. I’m into it, it’s really fun to play like that. Me and Cat have been jamming too, so I would love to play new songs.”
And then there’s the support bands. Orange Vision are playing the Oxford date, having got the nod after we were bowled over by Soundcloud track ‘How You Feel’, which combines new wave guitars with a nifty spoken word interlude featuring a 70s Marc Bolan interview.
In Leeds, meanwhile, support will come from hometown heroes Post War Glamour Girls, while Norwich surf-punks Claws and Brighton’s Demob Happy will play in their respective cities, too.
Moving west, and Bristol fans will get the chance to see Spectres, who were recently featured in NME’s scene piece on the city, while Man Made and enigma Roxy Agogo are on the bill in Manchester and Glasgow respectively.
Finally, in London we’ve got one of the country’s most promising new bands Bad Sounds, whose debut track ‘Living Alone’ made jaws drop earlier this summer when it arrived seemingly out of nowhere. Oh, and kicking off the tour in Birmingham on October 31 will be the splendid Dumb, too.
Tickets are still available for the shows, so what are you waiting for?