The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Ecca Vandal

Ecca Vandal

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’

Starcrawler

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’

Drahla

From: Leeds

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’

Shame

From: London

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’

Milk Disco

From: London

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’

The Britanys

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’

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