Still in their early 20s, The Orwells have already released two albums and toured with Arctic Monkeys. Their third album, Terrible Human Beings, feels like it should be the next precocious step in an upward progression for the Chicago area garage rockers; instead, it’s a competent but unspectacular offering that’s more likely to reinforce the band’s place as indie rock also-rans than take them to the next level. Today in concert at Sidecar.
Liverpool-based All We Are return with their second album Sunny Hills. Produced by Kwes (Solange, Kano, Loyle Carner), it follows the three-piece’s self-titled debut in 2015. Coming together while students in 2011, the trio is made up of Guro Gikling (Norway), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums). After spending much of 2015 touring and honing their sound the band started to write new material with a renewed sense of urgency and power, songs that documented the emotional rollercoaster the trio have been on in the past two years. Sunny Hills has a wobble to it, a human heartbeat and a grit that reflects the energy of the band’s thrilling live shows.
Rising Alternative rock stars Flyte have released their latest track ‘Victoria Falls’. The London-based four piece are currently out in Australia recording their debut album with Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett). ‘Victoria Falls’ is the second track off Will Taylor’s (lead vocals, guitar), Sam Berridge’s (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Jon Supran’s (drums, backing vocals) and Nick Hill’s (bass, backing vocals) upcoming debut album. They’re a scratchy funk band who also do jerky new wave indie and mature MOR.
Shame, five 19-year-old’s building their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London, are already cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family.. Britain’s hot new bunch of mods, Shame debuted with a double A-Side called ‘The Lick/ Gold Hole’ bursting at the seams with punk energy, but with the patter of The Streets, Shame have shared these days new single ‘Tasteless’, throwing up a defiant two fingers to social inertia and apathy in these troubled times.
The east London trio of Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor and Simon Milner came together last year, introducing themselves with the straight-talking IILWMBF (I’m In Love With My Best Friend), Diseasey, which topped Spotify UK’s Viral 50 charts earlier this year, and reached #8 globally, and last month’s acclaimed The Drwg.
Sälen: one of the UK’s most explicit pop act might just be one of the most exciting of the monts to come due to their uncensored and witty electropop.
Dynamic pair Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick are both outsiders from sleepy coastal towns several countries apart but have established themselves as Her’s on the banks of the Mersey.
Fitzpatrick possesses a swerving, low rasp endorsed by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) and engineered by Matt Berninger (The National).
Coupled with wave after wave of luscious, Beach Fossils-esque jangle pop and the striking aesthetics denoted within, it’s a refreshingly modern take on the beach-scuzz exploration of the ’80s.
Dreamy, hazy and yearning for escape with every jangle or croon, Her’s are the summery angst everyone – even the happiest of souls – can embrace.
The story of Blaenavon’s debut album might be quite easily told: three teenage friends who entered a school talent contest, posted their songs online, and sprawled their way through early gigs, gathering a devoted fanbase and critical acclaim as they went. A band who, after the juggle of exams, EPs, record company attention, have finally delivered a debut album that is sumptuous and thrilling and brave. Hampshire band Blaenavon are one of the sounds of 2017, and That’s Your Lot is sure to be one of the British indie albums of the year.