As we launch NME Emerging – a platform where unsigned acts can build up and manage a profile page for their music, right here on NME – we’ll be shining a light on of the new profiles each week that stood out against the rest. If you sign up, you could end up right here on NME.com, just like this week’s pick, Underwater Boys. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Sounds like: Woozy psych-rock riffs meet introspective songwriting.
For Fans of: The Cure, DIIV
Need to know: Siblings usually make for fruitful music collaborations. It worked alright for The Kinks’ Ray and Dave Davis, Kings Of Leon and The Jackson 5 – all of whom used the spirit of brotherly love to make some pretty damn great music. Brighton duo Underwater Boys look set to follow in their footsteps if their debut songs are anything to go by.
Everyone You Know, a song by Underwater Boys on Spotify
Made up of brothers Tom & Nick Klar, the pair released single ‘Everyone You Know’ back in October – pairing it with the hip-swinging ‘Lies’ a month later. The former wears their influences, like The Cocteau Twins and The Cure on their sleeves – but weave in Unknown Mortal Orchestra-like vocals and groovy Tame Impala riffs.
Most remarkable about the pair’s initial offerings is the frankness and honesty that burrow into the lyrics of ‘Everyone You Know’ – which were written about anxiety and internal battles. Few have managed to address the subject, but offer a optimistic take on bettering yourself on your own terms. Early days for the duo – but this initial offering has made one hell of splash.
Essential track: ‘Everyone You Know’