Wednesday, 22 May 2013

#106: Top 5 Unsigned - 22/05/13


There's something about the stripped down nature of an acoustic guitar that almost provokes the player in to wearing his heart firmly on his sleeve, and Cumbria's mylittlebrother are one band who certainly aren't afraid to do that. Songs such as 'Hey Stethoscope' have their feet firmly in the realms of American bands like Beulah while managing to keep them quintessentially British. Easy Summer listening for the romanatics.


The Finest Hour

Whilst not strictly unsigned (though several bands I've featured haven't been) Cleethorpes based six-piece the finest hour are simply too good not to mention. A fusion of ska, punk and indie influences has allowed the band to hone a sound that embraces all three genres with an emphatic energy that's impossible to deny. Heartfelt lyrics are juxtaposed with abrasive yet ever-melodic guitars in a way that you can't ignore. Set to play A Camden Day Out on 2nd June alongside several bands that have been featured here before. A day well worth checking out.


Two Weeks Running

Again, another reasonably popular band but another one that's hard to overlook is Wigan's Two Weeks Running. Harnessing the energy of bands such as The Automatic and mixing it with a frenetic almost math-rock quality keeps their as fresh as it is relentless. Shared vocal duties keep listeners on their toes while tenacious percussion hammers every song home. With two EPs behind them and a slew of summer dates in front, Two Weeks Running could easily be making 2013 their year.


The Deliquents

Sleazy gutter rock from Lancashire now in the form of four piece The Delinquents who are taking rock n roll back to basics. Traditional garage rock vocal harmonies work in tandem with the actual vocal tracks while dirty bass-lines roll behind a clean lead guitar, proving that traditional band format can still work.


Bourbon Street Beat

Display a distinct sense of nostalgia are Manchester's very own 50s and 60s enthusiasts Bourbon Street Beat. Their infectious juxtaposition of old and new aesthetics is really something worth spending some time listening. Positive press reviews and some decent support slots, including Hot Club De Paris have allowed the band to garner a loyal following despite still remaining unsigned. Their unusual blues fusion has been proven to go down a storm in the spit and sawdust pubs of the city's Northen Quarter. Great stuff.


Check out last weeks Top 5 Unsigned