The New Union - Now
Brighton group The New Union, or so it has been claimed, could be the best new indie band in the country. Going on new single 'Now', that's something that might not be out of their reach at all. This isn't a guitar band who are copying Oasis, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys or the usual suspects. They have an anthemic and reasonably commercial sound that fits traditional ideals without having to steal. Ones to watch for sure.
The New Union's website
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Gentlemen - Duke Oddity
London's Gentlemen have released two EPs: 'Night Reel' and 'Night Reels II'. As you can imagine, the two have a connection, and this week sees the two issued together as an album. A new video has been made for the track 'Duke Oddity'; a blissful and woozy piece of instrumental, ambient psychedelia that may remind you of early Pink Floyd.
Buy the first EP
Catch them live:
Tues 18th March Sebright Arms, London, United Kingdom
The Welcome - WEEKNIGHTS
This band from Chicago describe themselves as "Coed Pop", but to be honest we're not quite sure how that works. Still, The Welcome realease their album 'WEEKNIGHTS' this week and if we were to pick a way of describing single 'Henrietta' then we'd perhaps call it grungy indiepop, but college-rock would also fit, which we guessing is kind of what they were getting at.
The Welcome's website
Stream or buy the album
Soak - Blud
Soak is the chosen moniker for Nothern Irish artist Bridie Monds-Watson, someone who has caght the ear of CHVRCHES who not only remixed new single 'Blud' but have also made her the first signing to their label, so that should gain her some deserved attention. Soak is a singer-songwriter who bypasses the rigidity of the genre and delves into the realms of dreampop for her debut single.
Buy the EP
OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
Life - Money
One or two British indie/guitar type bands have broken into the charts, so there are glimmers of this revival in guitar music that we've been going on about, although they are a little tame. I guess it's a case of weaning the public back onto that style of music. Hull band Life aren't offering anything radical; in fact their sound could be put in a similar bracket to people like The Vaccines; another band who've had some success but with a much better and more alternative sound. 'Money' is pretty traditional indie-rock fare, but it's got some bite to it and is a heck of a catchy nubmer. Lo-fi fans and those into the more avante-garde side of things might have heard it all before, but for many people this will be the exiting new band to believe in that they've been waiting for.
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