Top 150 new bands for 2013

New Bands 2013Shell Zenner stepped up for us last year & wrote what was generally regarded as a “very long list” of “100 new bands 2012”. Throughout the year it proved to be one of our most well read articles so we’re thrilled that Shell’s returned for us & come up with another list of new bands, this time for 2013. Shell’s actually done one better this year however & has come up with 150 (!!!) new bands which she thinks you should be looking out for during 2013.

(See also Louder Than War’s list of Top 50 New Bands To Look Out For in 2013)

Shell Zenner lives and breathes Manchester, Salford and the North West, she gets her kicks from obscure instruments, flea markets, festivals, gigs and digging around at the back of venues for embryonic new talent that she can showcase nationally on her Amazing Radio show.

Shell is on air 1-3pm every Friday and Wednesdays at 8-10pm on Amazing Radio, the home of new and emerging music and has previously broadcast for Beatwolf Radio, Seeks Music, This Is Fake DIY Radio and more, where she has consistently championed new music.

You can follow Shell on Twitter where she goes by the handle @shellzenner, friend her on Facebook or follow her on Tumblr.

More information about Shell can also be found on her website’s homepage.

SO, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER HERE GOES …

1. Victor Talking Machine

The NME said that Victor Talking Machine’s songs recall the grubbier, sunnier side of pre-britpop indie…

http://soundcloud.com/victortalkingmachine

2. Faye

Pop done well can be absolutely mindblowing. With a debut album out in 2013 and production duo Montauk in the mix you’d be daft not to pay attention…

http://fayeofficial.com/

3. Draper

Draper blinds me with his constant high level output.  He’s a  production and remixing wizard who has also got hands on with Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding…

http://soundcloud.com/drapermusic

4. Alex Hulme

Singer songwriter Alex has a gorgeous sweet tone and his latest EP, released on northern UK based Cityscape Records, is an uplifting slice of pop. He’s also the brother of Songs For Walter too…

http://www.cityscaperecords.co.uk/

5. Rae Morris

Seeing Rae Morris live is a very personal experience where she allows the audience into her world. At such a tender age as 19, Blackpool based Rae has no heirs or graces, just incredible soul…

http://www.raemorris.co.uk/

6. Aluna George

Duo Aluna and George make bleepy, electronicky and insanely poppy music. They have been raising music industry eyebrows since earlier this year and their debut full length is due out early 2013…

http://soundcloud.com/alunageorge

7. Lulu James

She looks incredible in a bin bag and she certainly knows how to put on a show.  Channeling trip-hop influenced electronica and beats fused with her powerful vocal, it’s a MUST HEAR combination…

http://soundcloud.com/lulujamesofficial

8. Sauna Youth

Anarchy for a new generation. With a full length ‘Dreamlands’ freshly released on the ‘cool as …’ Gringo Records, this London / Brighton four piece are bound to blow your socks off…

http://saunayouth.bandcamp.com/album/dreamlands

9. Cold Pumas

Brothers in arms with Sauna Youth. Quite fittingly they have released split 7 inches with Male Bonding and Women, and there are certainly parallels in their sounds…

http://coldpumas.bandcamp.com/

10. Retro Stefson

Emerging on my radar ahead of SXSW this year, this Icelandic outfit offer edgy electronic pop. Throw in a few bongo beats and a funky bassline and voila!

http://soundcloud.com/retrostefson

11. Paws

This Scottish three piece bash out lo-fi garage punk with infectious hooks. Jellyfish FTW…

http://soundcloud.com/wehavepaws

12. Jaws

No they don’t sound like Paws, and Yes they are named in homage to the James Bond baddie.  West Midlands anthemic melodic indie at its core, Jaws have an uplifting summery edge…

http://soundcloud.com/jaws-band

13. Sex Hands

The Manchester lo-fi outfit make songs about popular culture, they’ve even got a song about Friends…

http://soundcloud.com/sexhands

14. Base Ventura

Holding at their core a love and adoration for all things psyche and drone Base Ventura are overwhelmingly shy and retiring and totally underrated…

http://soundcloud.com/baseventurabaseventura

15. Severin

London noise pop band Severin show huge promise with their post My Bloody Valentine grooves…

http://soundcloud.com/severin666

16. GHXST

Self proclaimed Deth Grunge from NYC, they’re BIG fans of A Place To Bury Strangers and boy can you tell, it’s fierce and it’s loud…

http://www.facebook.com/ghxstmusic

17. Fidlar

Fusing funk and garage, Fidlar are on fire at the moment…

http://fidlar.bandcamp.com/

18. Whales In Cubicles

Their brand of uplifting melodic indie is the perfect accompaniment for a lone girl rigging the whole of central London with explosives and blowing it sky high. Oh Nowhere Flag…

https://soundcloud.com/whales-in-cubicles

19. Splashh

Managing to be fresh and fuzztastic, yet evoking 90s guitar soundscapes…

https://soundcloud.com/splashh-band

20. Caan

Former Ou Est Le Swimming Pool member Caan’s subtle, pulsating electronica sound is pricking up ears…

http://www.iamcaan.com

21. Husky

Their gorgeous brand of indie folk captured the heart of Sub Pop Records, making them the first Australian band to sign to the legendary label…

http://www.huskysongs.com

22. Blessa

The five piece’s chilled shoegaze sensibilities married with thrashy guitars are yet another jewel in Sheffields musical crown…

https://www.facebook.com/BLESSABLESSA

23. To Kill A King

Famed for their diverse  approach to gigs, they’ll literally play lounges fro you. Fans of The National will no doubt be mightly impressed by debut long player Cannibals With Cutlery…

http://tokillaking.co.uk

24. Dan Croll

The music industry has taken its eye off Liverpool in recent years, but its back in a big way and Dan Croll is at the fore of the return.  Formally of Eye Emma Jedi but now treading the solo path, an incredible talent…

https://www.facebook.com/dancroll

25. All Eyes

I discovered the breathy and melodic sound of Minneapolis band All Eyes from Crack In The Road blog and was excited to see them self release their debut Shelf Life at the back end of 2012 after championing them on Amazing Radio…

https://www.facebook.com/alleyesmusic

26. Avec Sans

The London based electro-poppers captured my attention with Heartbreak Hi and I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve for 2013…

https://soundcloud.com/avecsans

27. Eye Emma Jedi

Yet another poptastic band out of the Liverpool School Of Performing Arts stable, they’re currently finalising their debut album. Dan Croll is a former member to boot…

https://www.facebook.com/eyeemmajedi

28. Jacco Gardner

The Guardian’s Paul Lester called Jacco Gardner “baroque pop or lushly orchestrated psych-inflected soft rock”. This dutch wonderkid’s debut record is out shortly…

https://www.facebook.com/jaccogardnermusic

29. Waves Of Fury

Shades of garage rock and classic R & B / Soul. I heard a businessman’s guide to witchcraft last year and was completely sold on these Londoners…

http://www.thewavesoffury.com

30. Gringo Star

Atlanta band Gringo Star are relatively new to these shores, but their harmonious brand of indie pop is certain to catch ears at this years SXSW, and with their new LP released in Spring 2013 is looking to be big for Gringo Star.

https://www.facebook.com/gringostarmusic

31. Io Echo

Ever heard of the genres ‘Grunge Goth’ or ‘New Orientalism’? No, me neither. You’ll get a taste of it when tho when you listen to two piece Io Echo who are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut lp.

https://www.facebook.com/ioecho

32. The Shutes

One of my brightest hopes for 2013, their Echo Of Love EP on Cross Keys Records was one of my most listened to releases of 2012.  The kind of heart rending melodic indie that is really emotive.. deep breaths

https://www.facebook.com/theshutesmusic

33. Empty Pools

Bristol band Empty Pools are a band I’ve had my eyes and ears on for a while and it appears Pitchfork are of a similar mind, calling ‘Absentees’ with its playful combination of noise rock and dreamy melodies, one of their tracks of 2012.

http://emptypools.co.uk

34. My Pet

If you’re a fan of the Luv Luv Luv record label, then you’ll adore My Pet. A heavy bass groove with pop sensibilities and raw percussion. LUV…

https://www.facebook.com/mypetmusic

35. Lola Colt

I’ve been harping on about a psych revival for over a year now and Lola Colt are bang on trend, sultry female vocals overlay spiraling guitars. One of my highlights of Liverpool Psychfest in 2012…

https://www.facebook.com/lolacolt

36. Seasfire

Listed as one of Itunes USA’s tips for 2013 and quite rightly so with their brand of electronic heartbreaking chill from the shadows of Bristol…

https://www.facebook.com/seasfire

37. Blacks&

An unmistakeable LA sound, uplifting, lilting vibes aplenty. A medley of electronic drums interspliced with gentle strum strokes with heavy nods to summer…

https://www.facebook.com/BlacksandBand

38. Swim Deep

Birmingham is a hotbed of guitar talent right now. The Lines, Peace and Jaws spring to mind immediately but Swim Deep are a welcome addition to this list, channeling upbeat melodica.

https://www.facebook.com/SWIMDEEPUK

39. An Blonds

Born out of the ashes of Slow Motion Shoes and Team Waterpolo, An Blonds released their debut EP on new Manchester label ‘Twisted Tape Records’ in 2012 and with just one show under their belt, 2013 is full of promise.  Woozy electronica to dance to…

https://soundcloud.com/an-blonds

40. Laura Mvula

Back to genre watch – the Guardian termed Laura’s music “gospeldelia”, do I need to harp on about it? No. Flying high in a wide range of tip lists for 2013 and the BBC Sound shortlist, listen to ‘She’ and all will be put into perspective.

http://www.lauramvula.com

41. Angel Haze

She’s going to be HUGE in 2013 and she is EVERYWHERE right now. Rap. Hip Hop. Vibes…

https://www.facebook.com/AngelHazemusic

42. Eliza & The Bear

This London based outfit specialise in rousing chorus’s and stomping instrumentation providing a full sound to their pretty ‘indie’ with shades of Arcade Fire…

https://soundcloud.com/elizaandthebear

43. Empress Of

Empress Of is a self-consciously mysterious new gasping-keyboard wistful-pop project from Brooklyn resident Lorely Rodriguez

https://www.facebook.com/EmpressOf

44. The Divers

They recently released on the Laissez Faire Club label and if you like Wilco, Pearl Jam and Elliott Smith, you won’t go too far wrong here…

https://soundcloud.com/laissez-faire-club/the-divers-a-little-better/

45. Luke Sital Singh

Its very rare these days that you go to a gig and you can hear a pin drop. No muttering, no loud drunk guy at the bar. Just the soaring stunning emotionally wracked voice of Luke Sital Singh. One of our tips for 2013 at Amazing Radio, quite rightly…

https://soundcloud.com/lukesitalsingh

46. Tom Odell

Another BBC Sound of 2013 longlister, stunning emotive vocals with a piano accompaniment. Signed after just 4 gigs…

https://www.facebook.com/TomOdellmusic

47. Cheatahs

It was love at first listen to ‘The Swan’. Members of Male Bonding and ex Weird Dreams help make up their line up and their melodic slacker brand of indie, fits perfectly with support slots for Wichita label mates The Cribs…

https://www.facebook.com/cheatahs

48. Petite Noir

I recently caught the new Domino signings support Foals and sell their dark compelling dub noir effectively. The sound as colourful as Yannicks shirt..

https://www.facebook.com/petitenoir1

49. Keaton Henson

Yet another talented male vocal. Stripped back with clear folk influences and an almost sinister feel. He’s playing a museum tour soon, so you can get totally freaked out..

https://soundcloud.com/keatonhensondear

50. The 1975

One of the most exciting live bands around and they’re from Manchester to boot! Their Sex EP  hints at the kind of epic indie that the UK has been craving for the last few years. Watch out for them at Radio 1’s Future Festival shortly…

https://www.facebook.com/the1975

Read part two (numbers 51 to 150) of the list of 150 new bands for 2013 here.

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  1. Keith Goldhanger

    50….+ the 145 John Kennedy showcased on XFM recently …+time outs 30 + NME’s 50 + my own couple of dozen …equals loads. This isn’t a complaint tho’ … Pretty much most of what’s being listed really is good y’know – very bloody good – the bar is very very high nowadays so hopefully we’re at the end of an era now where people will say “there’s no good bands around anymore” – THERE ARE …if you can’t find them , you aint looking hard enough …and people still go out and buy Muse cd’s y’know….amazing really isn’t it ?

  2. Some excellent bands here. I know some people don’t approve of such ‘lists’ -and react with a kind of “no one tells me what to like, maaan” attitude. Relax, no one is seriously telling you what you should or shouldn’t like, they’re suggestions -and if you’re into discovering new music then these lists really are a handy point of reference not a diktat.

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