It’s not just the UK whose artists are pushing boundaries and in constant search of their very own masterpieces. The nominees for Best International Band supported by 19 Crimes Winery are six examples of acts from further afield who are also on that hunt – and they must have been doing something right in the last 12 months for NME readers to vote them onto the shortlist below. Who will be victorious on the night? We’ll have to wait and see.
The VO5 NME Awards will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Who?: The stellar sister act from LA.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Finally made the return we were all waiting for with their long-awaited second album ‘Something To Tell You’. It didn’t disappoint.
Why do they deserve to win?: That record reminded us why we fell in love with Haim in the first place – their breezy ’70s and ’80s influenced Californian pop – but elevated it to new heights. Here’s to constant progression.
Who?: Nevada’s finest, the boys from fabulous Las Vegas.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Showed us who ‘The Man’ was with one of the best tracks of their career to date, followed that up with an equally brilliant album in ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, then taken their unbeatable live show around the world including a surprise set at Glastonbury where what felt like the whole festival tried to squeeze into the John Peel tent.
Why do they deserve to win?: Listen to the infectious, cocksure confidence of ‘The Man’ and all will be clear.
Who?: Rock veterans with better stamina than bands half their age.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Being Foo Fighters, everything they’ve done in the last year has been massive. They finally headlined Glastonbury, played The O2, set up their own pub in east London, released an enormous new album, and more. Just thinking about it is enough to wear you out.
Why do they deserve to win?: They’re rock legends, and they’ve proven being around for aeons doesn’t mean you have to run out of ideas.
Who?: The Tennessee pop-punk titans who took a change of direction.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Switched up their sound from pop-punk to new wave-y power pop on the brilliant ‘After Laughter’, played the Royal Albert Hall (no biggie) amongst other iconic venues, and solidified their fizzing energy and chemistry when drummer Zac Farro rejoined the band.
Why do they deserve to win?: Hayley Williams is one of the most enthralling front people around, and ‘After Laughter’ an equally powerful, colourful and fun chapter in Paramore’s already compelling story.
Who?: Hip-hop’s new royalty.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Become one of the biggest rap groups in the game, and collaborated with some fellow huge names including Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Pharrell.
Why do they deserve to win?: They’re incredibly hard-working, write lyrics that can go viral in a second, and are all about “showing people that the young generation can do it”.
Who?: Theose smart Cincinatti indie rockers with a penchant for gloom.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Conducting musical experiments on their seventh album ‘Sleep Well Beast’, triumphing on stage, and getting very arty indeed at their own specially curated release parties in upstate New York. As you do.
Why do they deserve to win?: No one makes anxious misery sound as elegant – or good – as these guys.