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

10 more new bands for you to check out from our favourite nw band DJ Shell Zenner

1. Channel Cairo ”“ A London five piece named after the time lead singer Josh was kidnapped in Cairo. I’ve been impressed with their fresh and uplifting piano driven sound on single ”ËœA year’..

2. G R E A T W A V E S ”“ I know I live in the North West and can be a bit Manchester centric, but you’ll have to excuse my excitement, but I’ve lived here for nearly a decade and I’ve never scene the music scene here as diverse and exciting, G R E A T W A V E S are one of the bands making it so. With dark brooding vocals whilst being backed with a stunning electronic accompaniment. The new double a side is awe inspiring..

Great Waves Facebook page

3. Bluebell ”“ I got to meet Bluebell in Brighton after I met them djing at Blog Up and having already aired single ”ËœNormal Heights’ on the show, I was well chuffed to say hello. A duo of Annabel and Charlie they offer melodic electronica, driving drum beats layered with Annabels gorgeous vocals..

4. Hey Sholay ”“ I finally got to see these guys live in Brighton after falling hook, line and sinker for single ”Ëœ Wishbone’, they played a one-in-one-out gig at the Artrocker stage. The Sheffield upstarts are bouncy, bright and have no heirs or graces. Just good honest feelgood indie, I’m expecting them to go a long way..

5. Little Victories ”“ A band I’ve still to experience live, but will be rectifying as soon as I get the chance. Again channeling the trend du jour electronica and beats, termed by another as ”Ëœprogressive ambient dance’ it’s a prime sound for summer..

6. Pale Seas ”“ Simple classic pop songs never truly go out of fashion do they? Pale Seas are a five piece from Southampton, but are now based in London who truly have their own brand of pretty, melodic and gentle pop, feeling at a low ebb? This will snap you out of it in seconds..

Pale Seas Facebook page

7. Novella – Forget the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud, the musically credible girl band is back, the likes of Pins, Savages, September Girls and Novella are literally doing it for themselves. I got to catch Novella at Live At Leeds and I dig their groove, termed dream pop by others, it’s the retro infused guitar driven side that satiates my soul.

Novella band web site

8. Savages ”“ As already mentioned Savages are an all girl group, but there haven’t been a girl group this devastatingly dark and intense for years. Channelling a raw post punk edge, the b side ”Ëœhusbands’ to their debut single, has had 37,000 hits on soundcloud in just 4 days which is astonishing in itself. Having seen them twice live, I can confirm they live upto the hype live too..


9. Keep Shelly In Athens

More electro pop vibes reverberate but in an ethereal shoegazey manner, if you dig Still Corners you’re going to love Keep Shelly In Athens, who have the intensity to keep me enthralled.

10. Sansa ”“ This year is the year of the female solo artist and Sansa is one of a new breed breaking through alongside Lianne Le Havas, Emile Sande, Ren Harvieu and Jessie Ware. Sansa who’s originally from Finland has a sultry and haunting vocal on single ”Ëœwaiting for the sky’ and can work a plethora of musical genres from folk, pop, electronica even to disco..

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Thank you so much for yet another amazing list! I absolutely love finding new music, there is just so much more to great music than just the radio! I especially loved “A Year” by Channel Cairo and “Waiting on the Sky” by Sansa!


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