top 50 new bands for 2012
top 50 new bands for 2012

top 50 new bands for 2012
top 50 new bands for 2012
1. Rats On Rafts 
Dutch band raved about on this site several times look set for 2012 breakthrough. Already happening in Holland their spiky take on the melodic end of post punk is thrilling. 
2. Mueran Humanos 
Argentinian duo based in Berlin whose dark post Suicide keyboard music in both unsettling and provocatively artful but also highly captivating. 
3. The Ladykillers 
Liverpool band whose teenage guitar rush hints at Buzzcocks finery 
4. Effluence 
Teenage trio from Lancashire who sound like a violent Muse or incendiary Nirvana, also armed with great songs. 
5. Horse Brothers 
Featuring the remarkable Dave Barbarossa, the former Bow Wow Wow drummer who retains his Burundi drumming and has allied it to a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion strident rock n roll in this great duo. 
6. Xup 
One girl in love with rock n roll making great DIY songs,each with their own video. 
7. White Swallow 
Post White Stripes duo from mid Lancs who take the blues squall to a logical extreme. 
8. Folks
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Top 57 new bands for 2102
Crafted Mancuian guitar band with uber Beatle melodies and classic songs 
9. Dressing For Pleasure 
Spotted on the recent Adam Ant tour, their Warpaint flavoured atmospheric songs benefited from the punky and can we say neo Goth take. 
10. Unicorn Power 
Of the wall electro disco songs that sound like proper hits. 
11. The Narrows  
on the fringes of Manchester’s music scene, their “electronic pop is rather more original and inspired than most. Account to our reviewer, ‘ They are completely fucking crackers, as becomes clear before they even take to the stage for this their biggest hometown headline show to date.’
12. The Dead Hormones 
Highly original band from Goole who make tripped out music 
13. Super White Assasin 
Quirky girl/boy electro pop on Hacienda records 
14. 2.54Not enough bands use numbers in their names! 2.54 are dark moody shoe gazers. 
15. Ministers Dead 
Dead Kennedys is the prime influence on this UK band’s snappy and sharp rush of songs 
16. Childhood 
Smart pop 
17. Biteback 
There are not enough new punk bands on the scene but these old stagers have put together a blistering band of scene vets. 
18. Luca Pancho 
19. Skeletons On Holiday 
Dark guitar shocks, moody. 
20. Commache 
Also spotted on Adam Ant tour, featuring real native Americans and some feisty noise. 
21. Morrissey & Marshall 
According to our man who knows these are ‘2 lads from Dublin who when they sing make me wanna cry.., but for good reasons….its like they were made to sing with each other.., moved to London from Ireland late last yr…’ 
22. Goddam The Band 
Wolverhampton based shenanigans…. 
23. Yurt 
Prog noise crew from Dublin 
24. Ic1  
Our corrospondant raves…’NW London band.. but I think they’ll maybe do some thing,???NME have just had this single in to that might make them not so new if they’re on to it…’ 
25. Disciple aka Spider Jaroo
Independent UK hip hop 
26.JD Meatyard 
Ex Calvin Party intense tunesmith still dealing in classic John Peel show musics  
27. The Christophers 
28. Dot Dash 
New York post punk crew 
29. Criminal Mind 
New, young Bristol street punk mob. 
30. Modern Alarms 
Manchester rabble rousers with a penchant for great bass driven monster tunes like early Joy Division. 
31. Doyle and the Fourfathers 
Bookish post Smiths tight taut indie pop. 
32. Swimming 
Shoe gaze shimmerers 
33. Air Cav 
Mancunian music experimentalists 
34. El Toro 
Raging twanging from Liverpudlian punk thrill seekers 
35. The Temps 
OK they were in last year’s but they have moved up a gear now and are ready with their post Jesus Lizard guitar violence. 
36.Missed You at the Show ?  
Acoustic indie rock, quite poppy 
37. Electricity In Our Homes 
Get your quirk on! One moment dislocated and discordant the next Syd Barett tripped out pop- released on The Charlatans Tim Burgess’s new label, O Genesis. 
38. Hooligan 
Dublin punk crew who make great terrace punk anthems, will be huge in the States. 
39. Vincent And The Onepots 
Unashamed old school rock n roll punk that most ignored of genres. They are pretty damn good at it. 
40. Demdike Stare  

Strange Lancastrian trip from band named after a Pendle witch who combine ambience and brooding landscapes..

41. Chris Corsano

Free jazz punk drummer who sounds like a one man Shellac. His collaborations with various guests at festivals have been mind blowing.

42. Fallen Rule

Dublin rock n roll

43. Mount Fabric 
Twisted Mancunian noiseniks 
44. Bethia Beadman 
Would have been higher on this but she already has an album out but to most people is still filed under new, can only be a matter of time before the breakthrough. 
45. Lola Colt 
46. Deathcapades 
Recently tipped by Col Macgregor in our new Scottish band countdown this psyche crew hint at early Verve 
47. V Thirteen  
Named after BAD song and pushing new boundaries 
48. Sharks

Top 57 bands for 2012Skinny Kool UK punks making big impression in America with thie Clash fuelled white riot.You can check out a video of their live performance right here.

49. Mummy Short Arms

One of a trio of great bands on great new Glasgow label, Flowers in the Dustbin. Captain Beefheart meets Sonic Youth.

50. For Abel  
Another hot new band from the Flowers In The Dustbin label, flavour of the Wedding Present. 

51. Kick To Kill

Yet another hot new band from the Flowers In The Dustbin label 
52. Chris Karloff 
Ex Kasabian man returns with new band 

53 Janice Graham Band

Heading for a breakthrough and part of the Wythenshawe set of best new bands n the Manchester area along with Dirty North and Frazer King, Janice Grahem Band is not a woman but four skinny kids with sharp guitar pop.

54. Black Face

The new band from Black Flag bass legend Chuck Dukowski is the business. Dukowski arguably wrote some of the greatest songs for Black Flag like My War and his bass sound is one of the best ever. His new band does not disappoint.

55. Louche FC

Wild have been on Creation if it still existed

56. Plank!

Unclassifiable Mancunians

57. Unnamed new band from Sheffield

So new and so young they do t even have a name yet but Jon Mclure, the Reverend and the Makers mainman has been raving about the three 16 year old tenabers and he’s always on the ball 










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