Shell Zenner’s list of 150 new bands continues with numbers 51-151 …

Once again these bands are IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

51. Laurence Made Me Cry

Jo Whitby AKA Laurence Made Me Cry  releases her debut LP ‘The Diary Of Me’ in a couple of months and her dulcet tones remind me of Thea Gilmore and Tori Amos albeit with a more lighter folk accompaniment. Pretty pretty…

http://laurencemademecry.com

52. Freedom Fry

Also due a full length release in 2013, LA based Freedom Fry comprise one French girl and one American guy and excel at laid back indie pop…

http://www.freedomfrymusic.com

53. Trwbador

The electronic / acoustic welsh based two piece have an aerated Scandinavian pop side to their sound and managed to impress me playing both stripped back acoustic and full band…

http://trwbador.co.uk

54. Golden Fable

The driving force behind Tim And Sam’s ‘Tim and the Sam Band’ are now Golden Fable & they’ve recently toured in support of Field Music. Rebecca’s gorgeous voice teamed with Tim’s gentle folk finger picking created my favourite Christmas song of 2012 ‘Blithe Spirit’…

https://soundcloud.com/goldenfable

55. Blank Maps

Just Call was one of my favourite tracks of 2012, it was the lead track from the self-titled EP and combined math rock tendencies with Foals-esque drama…

https://www.facebook.com/blankmaps

56. Shields

They toured with To Kill A King at the back end of 2012 despite their end of spectrum sounds.  The Newcastle 5 piece released an impressive EP last year and have been likened to a sunnier Everything Everything…

http://www.behindshields.com

57. I Dream In Colour

A classic indie rock sound with a breathtaking vocal, Richard Judge has a voice that you won’t forget in a hurry…

http://www.idreamincolourband.com

58. Jay Stansfield

I first came across north west troubadour Jay Stansfield when I heard ‘The Note’ taken off his debut LP Lovism. He has a vocal reminiscent of George Harrison and the musical accompaniment sounds like it could have originated in years gone by …

https://www.facebook.com/jaystansfieldmusic

59. Fawn Spots

Of all people, they just announced that they will be releasing a split LP with, wait for it: CUMSTAIN. That aside, lo-fi garage, rock and punk influences combine in the sound of this York based outfit.

https://www.facebook.com/Fawn.Spots

60. Triptides

Described as Surrealistic surf rock from Indiana, their debut album ‘Sun Pavillion’ released on Stroll On Records only hit my ears recently after it’s release in November…

https://www.facebook.com/Triptides

61. Thumpers

They’re based in Dalston and are relatively new to my ears, offering a perfectly uplifting brand of electronic and percussive led pop…

https://soundcloud.com/thumpers

62. Black Light White Light

Neo-psychedelic rock from Copenhagen. No airs, no graces, just TUNES…

http://www.blacklightwhitelight.com/introduction.cfm

63. This Is The Kit

They blew me away at ATP recently and their forthcoming album is being produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. Leftfield classic guitar tones, a lesson in musicianship and stunning vocals to boot…

http://thisisthekit.co.uk

64. Pixel Fix

The Oxford outfit comprises four elements, one of which is named as Maude the Macbook… Eclectic? If you dig the sounds of Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, you’ll benefit from a listen…

https://www.facebook.com/pixelfixmusic

65. Au.Ra

This is the Sydney based recording project of Tom Crandles & Tim Jenkins. Awash with layers of synth dreaminess, I’m in heaven…

https://soundcloud.com/au-ra-sounds

66. Flume

Sydney is on a roll at the moment. Fresh production maestros, they’re bound to whip up a frenzy when they hit the UK in 2k13…

https://soundcloud.com/flume-1

67. Bondax

A Production duo a little closer to home, Lancasters Bondax are set to make waves in 2013. They’ve even been had a Star Slinger refix…

https://www.facebook.com/Bondax

68. Dems

We love them so much at Amazing Radio that we playlisted the London trio who soundscape emotional electro-pop dreams.

https://www.facebook.com/demsdemsdems

69. Yuno

Yes! Yuno has ditched the name “unouomedude” (you know you owe me dude), which was a radio presenters nightmare, and have taken on a name as simply catchy and full of shimmery summery wonderment as their sound…

https://www.facebook.com/yvvno

70. Playlounge

Not to be confused with the toy makers. PUNK. POP. NOISE…

http://playlounge.bandcamp.com

71. East India Youth

Ex Doyle & The Fourfathers frontman Will Doyle steps out on his own in an electronic guise and it’s pretty awesome. His debut (yet to be released) album ‘Total Strife Forever’ captured my ears as well as those of The Quietus and The 405…

https://www.facebook.com/eastindiayouth

72. Eli & Fur

Electro  house duo Eli & Fur are this years dancefloor smashers…

https://soundcloud.com/eliandfur

73. Straylings

Full of drama, empowering vocals and a full bodied sound; cinematic, exotic and raw all at the same time…

https://www.facebook.com/straylings

74. Yoofs

A three piece rock n roll combo from Bournemouth; raw, lo-fi edginess…

https://www.facebook.com/yoofs

75. Silkies

These guys are so fresh all I can find is a lo-fi garage pop band from Boston via Austin.  Female vocals overlaying a rough and ready garage pop groove, their track Like One caught my ears with its catchy nature…

http://silkies.amazingtunes.com

76. Cowbell

Garage / soul / rock n roll duo Jack and Wednesday were described by Artrocker as “highway-hitting, LSD invoking”…

http://www.cowbelltheband.co.uk/Cowbell/News.html

77. Mikky Ekko

Best known for featuring on Rihanna’s single ‘Stay’ but now breaking out in his own right as a production talent…

http://www.mikkyekko.com

78. Stubborn Heart

Described as electronic soul music, their debut self titled album is out on the eclectic One Little Indian Records now…

http://www.stubbornheart.com

79. Majical Cloudz

My late 2012 visit to Montreal for M For Montreal opened my mind to a wealth of new talent from Canada and Majical Cloudz were one of the best. Turns Turns Turns is a gorgeous drop of chill-wave…

https://soundcloud.com/majical-cloudz

80. Drenge

The Sheffield powerhouse duo supported Fidlar at a raucous Soup Kitchen show before Christmas and their visceral energy radiated throughout the room…

https://soundcloud.com/drenge/

81. Lil Daggers

Label ‘Song By Toad’ call them ‘nasty’ but whilst Miami’s Lil Daggers are certainly never going to be easy listening, theres something special in their sound, a psych edge with the retro organ and they’re pretty kooky to boot…

http://songbytoad.com/2011/12/lil-daggers-dead-golden-girls/

82. Neotropics

Bristol based dance based electronica with sweet vocals, alternative to the core…

https://www.facebook.com/neotropics/app_2405167945

83. Young Dreams

I caught them supporting Modular label mates Tame Impala several months ago. Norwegian dream pop with orchestral ambience..

https://www.facebook.com/youngdreamsband

84. Hundred Waters

You know when you hear a song that just stops you in your tracks? Boreal did that to me. Cleverly coined digital folk with a touch of indulgence.

https://www.facebook.com/100waters

85. San Zhi

Not only a district in northern Taiwan but also a two piece based down south. Dummy Mag called it ‘A lovely, chime-y, softly sung number that sounds like a sweet breeze on a warm day’…

http://sanzhi.bandcamp.com

86. Racing Glaciers

A Macclesfield five piece that only recently released their debut EP and played their debut show. They dip their toes into baroque – pop – folk –progressive rock and more…

https://www.facebook.com/RacingGlaciers

87. Kate Boy

The electro-pop scene in Sweden is on fire at the moment, Faye (listed earlier) and Kate Boy are the latest popstrels to make a noise. What a groove…

https://www.facebook.com/kateboyofficial

88. Big Wave

So far in this list there has been a severe lack of raw and yet twee indie pop, the type of sound that you’d see indie-pop fans moshing at Indietracks to. Torquay’s Big Wave are here to set that straight though…

http://wearebigwave.bandcamp.com

89. Spectres

Described as music for ears to bleed to. Clearly influenced by Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, Spectres show off a rich weave of textures and layers to their sound…

https://www.facebook.com/wearespectres

90. Foxygen

If you like off kilter music like Ariel Pink, then LA bred duo Foxygen are a must hear…

http://foxygen.bandcamp.com

91. By The Sea

My biggest regret of 2012? Not going to see these guys play a show on New Years Eve alongside Bird. Both bands being produced by ex-Coral member Bill Ryder-Jones. Shoegaze magic from the Wirral…

https://www.facebook.com/bytheseaband

92. Sylver Tongue

You may remember Charlotte Hatherley  as the girl that was in Ash once. Now solo, now electronic…

https://www.facebook.com/SylverTongue

93. The Lottery Winners

Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found pottering somewhere in-between the blithe of the Beach Boys and the suffering of the Smiths…

https://www.facebook.com/thelotterywinners

94. Street Party In Soho

Romantic indie rock. Probably the most talented band of 16 year olds in the country right now…

http://www.streetpartyinsoho.co.uk

95. Champs

Champs put me in rather a quandary. Freshly signed to PIAS records but comprising two members of The Shutes, a band also listed here. I hope the Isle Of Wight talents in these bands manage to progress both. One of the most heartstopping vocals I’ve heard in recent years…

http://champs.amazingtunes.com

96. Among Brothers

The Cardiff based 5-piece manage to bring together orchestral flourishes, edgy percussion and Los Campesinos esque indie to great effect…

https://www.facebook.com/amongbrothers?fref=ts

97. Solomon Grey

Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson (SG) are from opposite sides of the globe, having grown up in the UK and Australia respectively.  But together they create epic electronic goodness with a pop sensibility…

http://www.solomongrey.net

98. Rush Midnight

Cascine came up trumps again with a class EP from Rush Midnight in 2012, the Twin Shadow produced ‘Crush’ was a particular favourite of mine. He has assured me that 2013 will bring new jamz and I can’t wait to hear them…

https://soundcloud.com/rushmidnight

99. Flamingods

Experimental pop from the eclectic side of the London tracks. That earworm that just won’t leave you alone. Keep your eyes peeled, an album is incoming…

http://flamingods.bandcamp.com

100. The Sundowners

Haim have stirred up a lot of Fleetwood Mac discussion of late but the Liverpool music scene has been continually true to these influences for the last decade I’ve lived in the north west. Like Fairport Convention? Like Stevie Nicks? LOVE The Sundowners.

https://www.facebook.com/sundownersUK

101. Douga

2012 saw Johnny Winbolt-Lewis leave PLANK! to concentrate fully on his own project Douga. To draw together disparate ideas stated as more orthodox stripped back styles of song writing to more astral sound structures. Intriguing eh?

https://soundcloud.com/dougauk

102. Bird

Liverpool lovelies Bird have been working hard of late recording their forthcoming Ep ‘Ophelia’ in a church with Bill Ryder Jones on production duties. Its slated for release on the 14th February and is sure to be a must hear showing off as it does elements of Warpaint and Kate Bush…

https://www.facebook.com/birdmusicofficial

103. Eaux

Dummy Magazine called them ‘Coldwavers and monosyllable enthusiasts” when they released their debut EP in November through Morning Ritual…

https://soundcloud.com/eauxeaux

104. Night Engine

I got to catch their blistering set at Swn festival in Cardiff at the back end of 2012 and I loved it despite their very obvious Talking Heads / Bowie influences…

https://soundcloud.com/nightengine

105. Vision Fortune

The understated two piece from London offer leftfield sounds for fans of Hookworms, Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo…

https://soundcloud.com/visionfortune

106. Menace Beach

So this is more a project than a band, as all members are in other bands. But with such a gorgeous psych-surf sound I really hope we get furnished with much more by them…

https://soundcloud.com/menacebeach

107. Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs

Mates with The Horrors, labelmates with Temples and tour support for Toy – its been a busy year for CB&TV. They’re signed to Heavenly and Edwyn Collins is working on their debut LP…

https://www.facebook.com/CharlieBoyerandTheVoyeurs

108. Temples

My top psyche tip for 2013. It may not be a fresh sound, but why does music always have to be innovative? Can’t you just enjoy a groove?! I certainly am doing…

https://soundcloud.com/templesofficial

109. Crushed Beaks

The London noise pop duo, offer short and sweet hits of adrenaline…

https://soundcloud.com/crushed-beaks

110. Gum

A shot in the arm of shoegaze and dream pop from London, like My Bloody Valentine? LOVE Gum…

https://www.facebook.com/Gumpopmusic

111. Deaf Club

A Welsh London based band fusing disparate genres such as shoegaze, folk and chillwave. Brooding, gloomy and generally awesome…

https://www.facebook.com/deafclubmusic

112. ERAAS

Brooklyn electronic duo ERAAS have been described by Stereogum as ‘bleak séance-core’…

http://eraas.bandcamp.com

113. Beach Arabs

Brooklyn and Manhattan three piece Beach Arabs channel Rock / Surf / Pop

https://soundcloud.com/beacharabs

114. Jethro Fox

If you’re a fan of Grizzly Bear and Local Natives’ harmonies you won’t go far wrong with Jethro Fox for sure…

https://www.facebook.com/jethrofox

115. Virals

Paul Lester’s description is perfect ‘sun-kissed, slothful energy”. This one man band’s infectious music evokes the sound of the late 70’s power pop…

https://www.facebook.com/prehistoricsounds

116. Face + Heel

I was introduced to these guys by Bethan Elfyn and boy was it a great shout. Minimalist beats and synthy goodness with an element of The xx about them…

https://www.facebook.com/faceandheel

117. Creatures Of Love

Their music has been described as eerie, gothic, distorted crescendo of electronic drones, inspired from the likes of Nine Inch Nails & Fever Ray. Tipped to me by the wonderful Von Pip…

https://www.facebook.com/creaturesoflove

118. Cut Your Hair

Seemingly forgotten by many 2013 tipsters, their euphoric brand of indie – rock – pop is music to my ears…

https://www.facebook.com/cutyourhairband

119. Eddi Front

A Brooklyn based lady, with a gorgeous intensity to her stripped down sound. Championed by the new Best Fit Recordings Record Label…

https://soundcloud.com/eddifront

120. Torches

T O R C H E S are a rock outfit that have been hypnotising and making the Los Angeles music scene swoon over recent months…

http://torchesband.com

121. Towns

The Bristolian shoegaze music maestros add a baggy pop feel on vocals…

https://www.facebook.com/townsband

122. Formes

There is an exceptionally varied music scene in Leeds at present and the psychedelic offer is one of the best in the country with Hookworms and Formes.  Formes latest single Absence Of The Noise  is melodic and haunting…

http://formes.bandcamp.com/

123. The Sugarettes

A female fronted Dutch nerdrock band with pop-sensibilities and a touch of calypso… Album ‘Destroyers Of Worlds’ is already out there, go check it out…

http://sugarettes.bandcamp.com

124. Milo Greene

Cinematic sounds from Los Angeles to make you feel summery, poptastic fun from a band that Haim rate…

http://milogreene.bandcamp.com

125. Wolf Alice

Clash said that they capture that quiet-LOUD dynamic that Pixies made their own, but add a little something of their own. There’s a nod towards Riot Grrrl – Bikini Kill, even Huggy Bear – while the pop edge could come straight from Buzzcocks’ chord book. NICE…

https://soundcloud.com/wolfalice

126. The Gramotones

Dig into the history and golden eras of UK pop with a nod and a wink to Punk and the Brit Pop era…

https://www.facebook.com/TheGramotones

127. Deptford Goth

Daniel Woolhouse’s winning mix of ambient R&B and dubstep esque pop…

https://soundcloud.com/deptfordgoth

128. The Bell Peppers

Two left handed Manchester gents who dig Surf Music, Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop and 50’s & 60’s R&B…

https://www.facebook.com/thebellpeppers

129. As Elephants Are

The 405 said that they hold a life-affirming capacious sound that reaches heady-heights as captured by The Maccabees…

https://www.facebook.com/aselephantsareband

130. Chvrches

They made the BBC Sound of 2013 and Amazing Radios Tips for 2013, the Glaswegian three piece have taken the blogosphere by storm with their electro pop sounds … p sounds…

https://www.facebook.com/CHVRCHES

131. Krystal Klear

The mysterious Manchester based producer’s music is described as boogie, new jack swing, instru hip-hop and house. SICK…

https://soundcloud.com/krystalklear

132. Open Swimmer

This Glaswegian four piece offer uplifting melodic modern accessible folk rock with glorious results…

https://www.facebook.com/openswimmer

133. Duologue

The London five piece are a diverse result of the modern world overlaying electronica and classic guitars, with experimental percussion…

http://www.duologuemusic.co.uk

134. Palmstruck

The Manchester band’s take on twisty, mathy propgressive pop interspliced with samples and grooves is a joy to behold…

https://www.facebook.com/palmstruck

135. Folks

A six-piece band from the North-West of England, solid retro styled guitar tones with an unmistakeable northern groove…

http://www.wearefolks.com

136. King Krule

Nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, Archy, the man behind King Krule’s music has been liked to Morrisesey and Edwyn Collins. His sound has been described as darkwave / new wave with a dubstep edge…

http://kingkrule.com

137. Mary Epworth

Mary’s debut album Dream Life is aptly named, with her breathy vocals overlaying an eclectic psych inflused accompaniment of harpsichord, synth and twangy guitars…

http://www.maryepworth.com

138. VuVuVultures

Clash Magazine said that they teeter between two worlds (sometimes literally), ultimately sounding like the most glorious pop song pushed into a dark and bottomless abyss…

https://www.facebook.com/vuvuvultures

139. Glitches

I don’t know much about Glitches. A London based band that like wearing Christmas jumpers and have been spotted by the likes of Sofar Sounds and ATP who’ve put them on. They term themselves alternative organic dance.

http://glitchesmusic.co.uk

140. Lapalux

Stuart Howard just announced his debut LP Nostalchic which is due to be released in a couple of months on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. His glitch electronica and submerged vocals are a refreshing listen…

http://www.lapalux.com

141. Foxes

Louisa Rose Allen is the voice and brains behind Foxes. If you love a stunning powerful female vocal and pure unadultered pop then you won’t go far wrong with Foxes…

https://www.facebook.com/iamfoxes

142. Haim

Three LA sisters that should need no introduction! They topped the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, made it into our Amazing Radio tips for 2013 and even won the Blog Sound of 2013 poll. They’ve been selling out shows since they first came to the UK, and James Ford is producing their debut LP…

https://www.facebook.com/haimtheband

143. Childhood

With all the guitar band chat around at the moment seemingly focusing on Peace and Palma Violets it’s easy to miss class acts like Childhood who have been touring partners of the latter. They’re blisteringly great live too…

https://www.facebook.com/childhoodband

144. Chateaux

Bright tropical pop from where else but Manchester? Young and brimming with ideas, I can’t wait to catch them live in 2013…

https://www.facebook.com/chateauxband

145. Mausi

A band that have been on my radar for a year or so after falling for track Sol. They’re set to release their debut in 2013 and new track Move is currently storming up the Hype Machine charts with its smooth electro pop groove…

http://wearemausi.com

146. Coves

Leamington Spa, a place an old boyfriend of mine used to work and also the hometown of Coves, a boy-girl duo who set the airwaves alight with dreamy pop tones with heavier urges…

http://covesband.com

147. Findlay

Where Foxes can seem a little tame, the same can’t be said for Findlay. Full of attitude and raw visceral rock, she’s a regular feature on Xfm in Manchester and its not hard to hear why…

http://www.findlaymusic.com

148. Tea Street Band

The Liverpool band who have previously released on Jack To Phono records offer uplifting electronica, it’s almost a summer fiesta, there is so much promise in this soundscape…

https://www.facebook.com/TeaStreetBand

149. Coasts

More tropical pop, but this time from Bristol. I recently fell for Coasts after hearing Oceans. The depths of winter don’t seem so dull with this is your ears…

https://www.facebook.com/coastsband

150. Queer’d Science

Manchester anarchy for a new generation. The lovechild of Savages and Battles. Visceral punk, rave, noise rock and post punk. LOUD…

http://queerdscience.bandcamp.com

Part one of the top 150 new bands list is here.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Jesus Christ! How many more of these pointless lists is LTW going to publish???? Its called THROWING SHIT AT A WALL AND SEEING WHAT STICKS.

  2. Some good bands mentioned . Great to see vision fortune and Lola colt mentioned, but surprised that in the same breath didn’t mention cult of Dom Keller who continue to be overlooked in the UK.
    Looking forward to seeing who delivers on this list for 2013. Thanks x

  3. Me thinks a focus on quality over quantity would have been better. “Hmmm I know look how many new bands I know. Aren’t I clever”

    • I disagree with the comment quantity over quality I would not tarnish my name and musical reputation to list a band I don’t rate. No you won’t like all of them, but no you’re not me. I already thought of 20
      More brilliant bands that I forgot to mention, because that’s what I do. I listen to and discover new bands. I’m not trying to impress anyone with my musical knowledge, anyone that bothers to listen to me on radio will know the truth. But if one band benefits from this list then it was worth me writing it..

  4. Well, that jUst seems to be every band in the world. Now am I guessing right when I say you’ll be patting yourselves firmly on the back when 3 of these make it? In a totally ‘aren’t we great’ way. Anyway you missed out Honved Vultures, Ultracream, Boost Faction, Shape shape number shape and the vemillion twist. Do your homework at least would you?

  5. Give us a break would ya? Might as well be a directory of every band in the world. I’m guessing you’ll be congratulating yourselves when 3 of these bands get somwhere and you’ll have yourselves down as ‘tastemakers’ – not sure how this list omitted Freak Onion, shape shape number shape, Your Auntie’s Uncle. -/::/- , S.E.m.i.N.AX or Vental Engine Lowdown. At least do your homework!

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