Shell Zenner introduces 10 new bands for November 2011
1. Gardens and Villa – Santa Barbara based Gardens & Villa have made a gorgeous self titled record that I’ve been digging for a good couple of months now. Full of blissed out synth pop ‘Chemtrails’ and ‘Black Hills’ are particular favorites of mine.
2. Big Deal – I finally got to see these guys live for the first time last month and boy was it intense. I fell in love with previous single ‘Talk’ instantly and was so intent on airing it in the radio that I did my own swear edit! Debut album ‘Lights’ showcases an exceptionally pretty array of tracks from Kacey and Alice and the marriage that their different backgrounds creates..
3. Replicas ”â Northern female duo, Ashiya and Helena aka Replicas are now based in London but their heart firmly resides up north, having released their debut single through Tim Burgess’s O Genesis Record Label. They bonded over Portishead and their melodic and melancholy music is testament to that.
4. Real Estate ”â I was slightly obsessed with the debut self titled album back in 2009 it was everything that I expect from the east coast of the US, surfy, chilled out and blissful. Second album Days is just as much of a treat and looks to elevate them to a new level
5. Niva ”â Experimental with not even trying to be, Stockholms Niva aka Christian Niva is yet another reason why the Swedish Music scene is so hot right now, brought to us by SIC Records the ‘Feverish Dreams’ EP is an absolute treat.
6. Spotlight Kid ”â Tom Robinson bigged them up during Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage as one of the most exciting new bands around at the moment. Classic indie with a woozy shoegaze tilt is never going to go far wrong with me.
7. Kill It Kid ”â I’m still gutted that I was ill and unable to make my interview with these guys. The Bath four piece are signed to One Little Indian records and have just released album ‘Feet Fall Heavy’ which is chock full of serious retro garage vibes, a full-on rock persome kick-ass guitar strokes.
8. Slow Club ”â Not necessarily new, they’re actually on their second record ‘Paradise’ which was recently released on Moshi Moshi. The London based duo Charles and Rebecca are originally from Sheffield and whilst missing quality chips and gravy have certainly honed their sound in the new record. They’re more self assured with their sound and this really comes across.
9. Letting Up Despite Great Faults ”â If there was an award for a Pains Of Being Pure At Heart tribute band whilst not being a tribute band, these guys would win it. 1980’s influenced indie-pop with shades of shoegaze. Is this a bad thing? NO! Teenage Tide is thoroughly gorgeous
10. Silverclub ”â I actually attended the launch of local band Silverclubs debut EP through Factory Records some time last year and I’m excited to see them return with a brand new single ”â No application, full of joyous electronics and beats aplenty this is a full on dancefloor stomper..