As January comes to a near end (thank god for that I hear you say), we can now gauge roughly (thereabouts…) some new talent that is thawing through the cool exterior of the critics. Also interesting to note that this year ‘old’ is the ‘new fad’. From Lana Del Ray to Alabama Shakes, it’s all about the right ingredients of either vintage rock n’ roll mixed with a Motown style or a take back at 90’s Britpop and some well decent guitar riffs.
Below we take a look at some Irish and International bands on the rise and mention some reasons why:
Taking a step back to the original r’n’b soundings of Motown mixed with proper funk, here is a band that as first glance, you would pass them by and drop a quick dime. But this Alabama-based roots-rock quartet is set to release their debut album, ‘Boys & Girls’, on April 10 via ATO Records.
What’s so special about this band? Singer-guitarist Brittany Howard’s deeply emotive vocals are part of what has helped this band turn so many heads in late 2011. Think iconic soul singers from the 30’s right up to the 60’s and Brittany embodies parts of them all, not to mention her kick ass more than capable of rocking out band.
Check out the video, ‘I found you’ live from WNRN radio – if this is the band live from a radio studio can you just imagine a live show: Awesome!
Then we have the ever-pouting Lana Del Ray, with her seriously oversized lips, luscious vocals and overhyped controversial stories. Is she authentic or is she a by-product of millions of dollars of investment in producing the perfect damsel act? Despite her obvious ‘unnatural stage presence’ and awful live performances, her recordings are actually quite cool. For reasons other than the fact that everyone else thinks so… you should just check her out and make up your own mind. But either way, whether she was ‘born to die’, or born to ‘sing’, she can certainly get peoples attention.
And if all else fails she just signed a modelling contract.
So the never-ending pout has paid off.
Other bands worth mentioning from this sie of the pond include The Wonder Villains who are a quirky mainstream pop outfit who have been on the scene in Belfast for some time, but of late have began cropping up here and there around Ireland and the UK. Continue reading »
Radio in Ireland seems to be backing them at the minute and across the pond on BBC Radio 1 certain dj’s, that have been known to break new acts, are showing the band a-whole-lotta-love on daytime radio! (Which is, lets face, a massive achievement for any new band).
From the feisty ‘Zola’ (yes, its about the footballer and yes they performed in on ESPN), to the current Single ‘Ferrari’ doing the rounds in radio, these guys are surely on the cusp of something similar to them Two Door Cinema Club lads.
They certainly have the look, the sounds and the personalities. You can ‘Like’ them here, but we are sure you will ‘Love’ them in time.
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