The Buzz – Five New Bands You Need To Hear This Week

1. Made Violent – fuzzy rock’n’roll with a Casablancas sneer

Buffalo, New York trio Made Violent might not be from New York City itself, but they’ve been close enough to have picked up some of its finest indie influences. On ‘Wasted Days’, taken from their self-titled debut EP, bassist and singer Joe White’s voice boasts the same louche sneer as Julian Casablancas, while Rob Romano’s zipping guitar lines are also reminiscent of The Strokes. The three – completed by drummer Justin Acee – are due to land on British soil in a couple of weeks, as they head over to support Wolf Alice on their headline tour. Get down early to make the most of their fuzzy rock’n’roll kicks. (RD)

2. Kiko Bun – UK reggae’s bright new hope

The Great British summer may be departing us, but Kiko Bun weaves the kind of dubby reggae that will keep the sun shining in your life. He’s just signed to Island Records and his debut track on that label is the buoyant, hip-hop flavoured ‘Sometimes’. It’s the sort of back to roots reggae that wouldn’t sound out of place playlisted alongside classic Toots & The Maytals records. Apart from the horns, he plays every instrument and produces his records himself. Alongside recent Radar favourites Cadenza (who Kiko has collaborated with), it’s beginning to feel like a very interesting moment for UK reggae. (TH)

3. Sports – romantic power-pop to mend your heart

Father/Daughter signees Sports join Waxahatchee as some of the finest purveyors of romantic power-pop this year. On latest track ‘Reality TV’, Carmen Perry’s honeyed voice is dripping with all the impassioned naivety of youth as she berates a heartbroken beau. They’re fresh out of Kenyon College, Ohio, and this track will be included on their upcoming sophomore LP ‘All Of Something’, which you can hear more of on their Bandcamp page. If cuts like this, ‘The Washing Machine’ and the immediately infectious album opener ‘Saturday’ are a decent barometer, it will be consoling a few broken hearts this autumn. (TH)

4. Hunck – smoothly-dressed, slinky indie quintet

London quintet Hunck recently won Relentless’ ‘Here To Be Heard’ competition, bagging themselves a spot on the bill at Reading And Leeds. It was well deserved – they excel at slinky, pastel-hued indie-rock that recalls Blood Orange, early Mystery Jets and Dutch Uncles. They’ve just supported The Polyphonic Spree in London and, while they’re not quite long-haired hippies dressing in robes, their yachting holiday shirts and slacks are certainly a cut above most new bands’ sartorial efforts. (RD)

5. Goddam Nobody – Cornish alt-country with a west coast twang

Goddam Nobody – aka Matthew Oliver – hails from the same Falmouth scene as The Black Tambourines and Lost Dawn. He’s now relocated to London, though, spreading word of the Cornish town’s excellent DIY community. He’ll do that with a new mini-album, ‘No Lust For Life’, released in October, and its lead track ‘Stranger Daze’. On it, Oliver sounds like Conor Oberst at his alt-country best, all drawled vocals and jangly, bright guitars. It sounds less like the grey British coast, and more like the sunny US west coast, and it’ll have you hitting repeat in seconds. (RD)

Words: Tim Hakki, Rhian Daly