The 20 Club are a band who have managed to perfectly encapsulate that rare two weeks of brilliant weather and long evenings that is British Summer Time. Coming from Reading, the band purports an incredible sense of upbeat optimism by means of fuzzy guitars, chunky bass lines and effortless vocals from rhythm guitarist/singer Paul Lindsay. The lyrics are both emotive and descriptive and conjure images of a youth misspent.
Cheshire-based Adam French makes music that's about " past experiences... Life, Death, Love and everything else that I've encountered up to now". It's that ethos that permeates every single aspect of French's musical being. Sounding not dissimilar to the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. his ability to make you not only understand what he's singing about but to feel it is something which shouldn't be played down and it's a facet of French that will forever work in his favour. If people like the ever-beige Ed Sheeran can break out of Britain then it's only a matter of time before French, with more talent; more substance, will follow suit.
Having been a band for over five years, North Yorkshire's Red Chevrons have understandably played a multitude of venues covering the whole of the UK and have supported the likes of Ash, and Little Comets. Unsurprisingly then, their sound has been honed to perfection. Sounding like a blend of classic indie acts such as Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics to more contemporary acts such as The Enemy it's a tried and tested formula, but one that the band has excelled at. Singer Nick Stephenson's vocals are literally sensational, and never are they better than on their track 'Don't Falter'. This is a band that's going places.
Slightly psychedelic, completely sexy, dual female-fronted rock band Shakedown Stockholm are making music that's equally nostalgic as it is refreshing. Their blend of Hendrix-inspired lead guitar and and fuzzy abrasive rhythm makes for compelling listening while the drums carry their songs forward relentlessly. Having two female lead singers in a band is something you don't often see however this duality really gives their music extra layers of texture unobtainable with a male singer.
Our Last Riot
Once a Manchester band known as Jupiter Sands, a line-up change and a "focussing of ideals" lead to what we now know as Our Last Riot. With the experience of eleven years behind them, the band sharpened their song-writing until it was became the emphatic blend of driving stadium rock, 90s alternative and sweeping soundscapes that it is today. The emotion in singer John Armstrong's voice is almost tangible as on several instances it almost borders on breaking. Given the bands devout fanbase and soaring radio-friendly anthems it's crazy to think that a label has yet to snap these guys up, so catch them while you still can. If their energy and emotion can transfer to a live performance (and I'm led to believe it can) it will truly cement the band as one of the North West's unsung heroes.