top 10 new bands for may 2012 by Shell Zenner
top 10 new bands for may 2012 by Shell Zenner

top 10 new bands for Dec 2011 by Shell Zenner
top 10 new bands for Dec 2011 by Shell Zenner

Shell Zenner is one of the best new music DJs in the country.
She has been providing us with really good new band tips all year.
Here is her top 10 new bands list for December 2011
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Top 10 new bands for December 2011

1. Loney, Dear

Last month I noted Stockholms ‘Niva’ as on of my new band tips who alongside ‘I Break Horses’ are making serious waves in the dream pop/shoegaze musical genres, but there is also the talented Emil Svanängen who is better known as Loney, Dear offers shimmering layers of vocals, electronica and broad instrumentation on latest album Hall Music.

2. Sweet Baboo

I’ve been slightly obsessed with Sweet Baboo’s EP ‘Girl Under A Tree’ since I first heard it. The bubbly but melancholy and lovelorn songs are woven by exceptional storyteller Stephen Black who has recently toured with Slow Club.

3. Still Corners
Teen Dream was my favourite album of 2010 and to that end its granted that i’ll instantly fall in love with blissed out, dream pop sounds featuring ethereal vocals, and Still Corners are just that. Gorgeous.

4. Howler
They’ve just toured in support of The Vaccines and what a perfect fit that was, Howler are 2012’s american Vaccines and thats no bad thing..

5. Real Fur
I’m intrigued by any band doing something a little different and Real Fur are certainly that, whilst their tropical indie vibe is not too dissimilar to Foals, Trophy Wife et al, they are keen on and play at an array of safari funk parties.. Winner.

6. Niki & The Dove
I managed to catch Stockholm’s Niki & The Dove live back in May 2011 and was struck by their professional stage show and eclectic presence, expect feathers, glitter and more. Deservedly placed in the BBC Sound of 2012 poll, it won’t be long til more people understand why.

7. Various Cruelties
Lead singer Liam’s soulful vocals are the crowning glory to Various Cruelties sound. He recently got to showcase his musical tastes on Track In The Box and I for one, can’t wait to hear more from his band in 2012.

8. Michael Kiwanuka
Another pick from the BBC Sound of 2012 list but I got to see Michael Kiwanuka alongside Bombay Bicycle Club and The Charlatans at the 6 Music Showcase a month or so ago. Soul, funk and roots, its BACK.

9. Alt J
You may have heard of this band in their previous incarnation as Films but they are now firmly renamed as ∆ or Alt J ”“ (∆ is the symbol you get pressing Alt & J on a mac keyboard). With a stripped back discordant sound, overlaid with blues and soul influenced vocals they are a sight to behold live.

10. Zulu Winter
Isn’t it amazing what a name change can do, Zulu Winter are another band to benefit from such a name change, having toured in support of the Boxer Rebellion in their previous incarnation The Molotovs. They’ve recently signed to PIAS and I was lucky enough to see their first ever gig in this incarnation..

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