So, as 2012 draws to a close, the Louder Than War team have put their heads together, gazed into their crystal ball and put together a list of new bands we think you should be listening to and checking out in 2013.
We’ve put together our list of ‘top 50 new bands 2013′, except there aren’t 50, there’s a few more. Because we found there was so much good rock, indie, electronic, and you-name-it bands emerging and looking like 2013 could be there year we didn’t want to leave them out.
So without further ado here are the 50 (or so) new bands you need to know for 2013.
Top 50 new bands for 2013
Manchester based band who out hip the Brooklyn hipsters. Not strictly new- we have already written about them several times but on verge of big breakthrough in 2013. Pins are the pinnacle of a whole new clutch of interesting new bands in Manchester with several of the bands being signed to Bella Union and many others ready to go…
This Liverpool three-piece has created a set of gothic songs which are dark and atmospheric, pretty and magical. They are a delight to listen to, conjuring wild imagery along the sonic journey.
The Sundowners are a 5 piece band from the Wirral that make such a sublime, shimmering guitar pop with close harmonies from the two girl singers that it sounds so utterly timeless that the song could have been a hit in any decade.
COF are comprised of members of some of the most brilliant brutal hardcore bands ever but they are far from a hardcore band themselves. Good on record they may be but live is where they come into their own with a lead vocalist channeling the aura of a Morrissey or Ian Curtis. Smart money says this is the next band that’ll rise above the rest by word of mouth alone: http://www.mediafire.com/?xcd2dh3z3w0lyxc
Just one video of this unknown Manchester band is out there, it sounds dark and disturbing, like early Cabaret Voltaire, a teaser of what is to follow…
6. VÃ¥r (aka War)
Been around a while but 2013 could be the year Iceage offshoot VÃ¥r overtake that band as “group most likely to…”. VÃ¥r are lofi noiseniks from a DenmarkÂ and are comprised Elias Bender RÃ¸nnenfelt and Sexdrome’s Loke Rahbek (who co-runs the label Posh Isolation).
7. The Strypes
With an average age of 16, The Strypes come from ireland and deal a super sharp 21st century take on the pre British beat boom sharp and angular, mod infused guitar rush of the pre fame Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and the plethora of razor sharp looking and sounding bands before they had hits and from a time when R n B meant something else entirely. The Strypes are about to be massive.
Clint Boon has called their heady mix of electronica and rock n roll ‘cool as fuck’ and he isn’t wrong. Seamlessly blending Balearic, rave and dirty rock in a most English way 2013 could be a big year for this Liverpool band.
Three bastard offspring of Sabbath, born to create doomed, downtuned, downtempo, stoner riff monsters that sound like the very London soil itself, shifting, groaning and rumbling into life.Â Already they’ve been making heavy waves, having shared stages with Conan, TurbowolfÂ whilst also being regulars London’s Sexbeat nights. As well as being picked for the 2012 Desertfest, Great Escape and Radfest bills. Their latest single was released through New Heavy Sounds (Black Moth) on 3 December. Check out this public stream of a track here:Â http://soundcloud.com/thronesoundcloud/heavy-lies-the-crown
10. Angel Haze
Lyrically impressive female rapper with dazzling flowÂ and a rapidly growing number of fans.
11.Â Skeleton Suite
Rising from the still smouldering ashes of Hans Island this newly formed four-piece band have stumbled upon a massive sound in just a few months of being together.
12. Bent Cousin
Twins Amelia and Pat describe themselves as âcutecore/acid punk/Osmonds on cheap whizzâ. We say this is punchy pop punk with rumbling basslines, gutsy riffs and lyrics that could cut as soon as delight you. The debut album is due out on New York label Team Love.
13. The Minx
The Minx had a great 2012 with well received festival sets, high profile gigs and the support of the likes of Inspiral Carpets Single. Single No Friends deserved the praise – it’s a massive stomper of chunky keyboards and bouncing guitar riffs. We expect their star will continue to rise over the next 12 months.
Lead singer Toby Macfarlaine and drummer Stuffy may be known for making up the rhythm section for Graham Coxon but with O.W.L.S they’re battering out their take on early ’90s grunge, celebrating the punk rock and fun of the scene rather than the sludgy slacker side it’s remembered for. 2012 saw initial releases for the band but we’re hoping for more live dates and a record next year.
2012 brought them a critical acclaimed EP release ‘Tragic Loss; He had such a lovely house’ Â along with an opening slot on the NME/ Radio 1 stage at Reading and LeedsÂ (theÂ band before Green Day). Think Nick Cave (Birthday Party) meets Wild Beasts with the winning formula of James’ growl mixed with the sultry voice of Alice.Â 2013 will see the release of their debut album and playing to a whole new world.Â -Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YydrToAgj7Y
Only a few months old MINE are a composed band whose tricky and intelligent restrained hardcore impressed from the very moment we walked into the room they were making their first ever live performance in.
Has anyone NOT been repping these guys of late? Female-fronted Scottish band who, despite being described as sounding “like Texas with synths” are actually rather good. (with apols to fans of Texas).
18. The Pheromoans
The Pheromoans are a six piece experimental rock band from the South East of England who deal in a deadpan DIY music.
19. Evil Blizzard
Mental mask wearing multi bass playing madness from Preston, recently seen supporting The Fall in Leeds, Salford and Manchester. Spotted by MES of the Fall band after an immensely loud gig in Gulliver after a tip off from Manc music legend Alex Staszko.
20. Vince Roy
Vince Roy are a hardcore punk band that takes influence from a variety of post prefixed genres without ever succumbing to them. Which in simpler terms means they donât rely on power chords to fuel the fire in their music, instead embracing riffs, leads, and whatever-the-hell-else hardcore bands donât traditionally use. Vince Roy isnât an experimental or progressive band by any means, theyâre just picking and choosing through a long list of punk rockâs sonic vocabulary and applying the words as they see fit. The end result is something akin to a more raw, and instrumentally busy Comeback Kid. Unreasoning Animals is the bandâs debut full length, forcefully putting Vince Roy on the map as a force to be reckoned with.
Fidlar spent 2012 building up a reputation as ‘ones to watch’ so would be churlish not to include them here. Surf rock for modern age.
Affecting music done the simple jangling guitars way. Slacker pop.
Former Louder Than War ‘New Band of the Day’ artists, Cornwall’s Vales have recently signed to a US label and will be releasing their debut album in 2013. Female fronted screamo hardcore.
24.Death at Sea
Another Liverpool band making our list – Death at Sea embody the DIY ethic with their simple, homemade approach to fuzzy guitars and lo-fi production. Somewhere between pop and punk they’ve supported more established acts and started emerging as ones to watch in their own right.
A great wall of ethereal guitar noise, demo produced by the legendary Dingo (who? … bemused Ed).