With members coming from both Sweden and the US as well as Britain, it's easy to see how The Franklys have allowed their individual influences to manifest themselves in to one thunderous assault to the senses. Combining elements of garage rock from across the globe, this girl-band are following in the footsteps of bands such as The Hives as well as more contemporary acts such as Savages. Each track is a blistering example of how to subvert expectations; it grabs you by the balls with a tenacity that won't let go until you've heard each and every note. Exciting stuff.
Shoegaze is a genre of music that it has taken me a while to 'get'. It's sparse vocal harmonises and sweeping walls of sounds just didn't seem to resonate with me when I was younger. Thankfully now my tastes have matured some what and I'm able to appreciate the majestic sounds of bands such as Glasgow's Life Model. Ethereal vocals glide effortlessly over guitars that work not alone, but as part of a single unrelenting entity that form the back drop for singer Sophie Evans to play her trade. There's more to the vocals here than your usual shoegaze fair as her voice adds a certainer layer of depth to the music making Life Model one of Scotland's most exciting exports.
American is not a genre oft associated with the north of England, nor the south for the matter, as it happens however it works as a catch all terms for each and every influence that Plainview bring to the table. Ranging from anything from Metallica to The Beach Boys the band's influences as eclectic as the band's overall sound. Ranging from grunge-soaked endeavours such as 'Warmth of the Sun' to the candid and acoustic 'Patient' this trio aren't afraid to turn their hand at anything. Worth keeping an eye on.
Originally "set up to give our mate's gingerbread kid a future", Manchester's feedthekid are making off-kilter and eclectic songs that are acoustically driven but pack all punches and uphold all the nuances of much more than your usual folk-pop that has found itself in the Top 40 of late. Further to this, the band's Soundcloud page features and impressive version of the Blue Oyster Cult's 'Don't Fear the Reaper', putting their own distinct spin on the classic. While a lot of up-and-coming band these days have a penchant for driving riffs and crashing percussion, feedthekid are much more than that, painting pictures of Manchester to rivial Lowry, I'm looking forward to hopefully catching these cats live soon.
Oxford's ArtClassSink are a band who have been on my radar for a good couple of months and unfortunately I've never had a chance to cover them before now. Their music harbours a melancholic streak that underpins their overall aesthetic without ever becoming overbearing or claustrophobic; there are always moments of uplifting and unexpected melody around the corner which make listening to each and every song a joy. The more morose elements are evocative of bands such as Editors or White Lies while never losing their own distinctive sound. Expect big things.
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