New Noise 2008


Yo Majesty’s Shunda K boasts that her lyrics are "so gay theyâ


At last year’s South By South West festival an over excited fan grabbed one of Yo Majesty when they had stripped off. They administered physical justice upon him. Pic: Tim Saccenti


The Ting Tings. Singer Katie White couldnâ


the ting tings

Manchester’s Ting Tings are Katie White and Jules De Martino. The pair used to be in a band called Dear Eskiimo, while Katie in a girl band called TKO as a teenager called TKO. They supported 5ive and Steps. Pic: Dean Chalkley


Rascals drummer Greg Mighall. Pic: Tom Oxley


The Rascals are: (l-r) Greg Mighall, Miles Kane and Joe Edwards. The band were previously known as The Little Flames. Pic: Tom Oxley

Courteeners, Manchester, 13th December 2007.
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Courteeners, Manchester, 13th December 2007.
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The Courteeners live. The band’s debut single, ‘Cavorting’, was released in August 2007 and sold out immediately. A second single, ‘Acrylic’ was released in October 2007 and reached Number 44 on the UK Chart . Pic: Danny North


The Courteeners are: (l-r) Michael Campbell, Mark Cuppello, Liam Fray and Daniel Conan Moores. Singer Liam also occasionally plays solo. Pic: Jo McCaughey


The Courteeners. The band have regularly sold out huge Manchester venues without releasing singles. They’ve recently finished recording their debut album with Blur, Smiths and Babyshambles producer Stephen Street. Pic: Danny North



MGMT tour the UK in February and March. Head to NME.COM/GIGS now to buy tickets. Pic: Guy Eppel


MGMT’s debut album ‘Oracula Spectacular’ is out officially in April, but available on iTunes now. Pic: Peiter M Van Hattem


Brooklyn duo MGMT are Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. For live shows the band perform as a quintet. Pic: Guy Eppel

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Lightspeed Champion’s debut album, ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’ is released at the end of January and comes accompanied with a comic drawn by Dev himself. Pic: Dean Chalkley

Lightspeed Champion on Big Brother’s Big Mouth

Lightspeed Champion. Dev Haynes was formerly a member of London art-punks Test Icicles. Pic: Sonia Melot


Dev Haynes of Lightspeed Champion. Dev once recorded an unreleased album of Killers songs which accidentally got deleted when his laptop broke. Pic: Sam Jones


Joe Lean of The Jing Jang Jong. Read our interview with him in the New Noise 2008 Issue of NME, out now. Pic: James Looker

Jo Lean and the Jing Jang Jongs

Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong. The band are (l-r) Panda, bass, Tom Dougall, guitars, Joe Lean, vocals, Dom O’Dare, guitar and Bummer, drums. Pic: Tom Oxley

Glasvegas, NME, 06.12.07

Glasvegas. NME writer Tim Jonze liked the band so much he started a label to release their debut single. Pic: Dean Chalkley

Glasvegas at 229, London.

8th November 2007
Credit: James Quinton / NME


Glasvegas are: (l-r) Caroline McKay, James Allan, Rab Allan, Paul Donoghue. Rab and James are cousins. Pic: Danny North


Friendly Fires at home in St.Albans. They count newsreader Michael Buerk among their fans. Pic: Tom Oxley


Friendly Fires live. The band mix ’80s house with punk and were the first unsigned group to play Channel Four’s ‘Transmission’. Pic: Guy Eppel

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires are: (l-r) Edd, Ed, Jack. Read our interview with the band in this weeks’s NME. Pic: Tom Oxley


Yannis Philippakis of Foals. Before he formed the band, Yannis played in cult Oxford math-rock act The Edmund Fitzgerald. Pic: Guy Eppel


Foals at last year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The band are (l-r): Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith, Edwin Congreave, Walter Gervers and Yannis Philippakis. Pic: Danny North

Black Kids – Camden Barfly, 07.12.07.

Black Kids live. To download the band’s debut ‘Wizard Of Ahhhs’ EP for free head to Pic: Richard Johnson

Black Kids – Camden Barfly, 07.12.07.

Reggie Youngblood of Black Kids. Read our interview with the band and our ten other tips for greatness in 2008 in our NME New Noise issue, out now. Pic: Richard Johnson


Florida’s Black Kids. Led by singer Reggie Youngblood (left), the band gained attention playing on the middle of a festival bill in Athens, Georgia, before their show at last year’s CMJ Festival in New York became the most talked-about set of the week. Pic: Ellis Parrinder