New bands blog - No 3
By chrise on 15 February 2012
This week we’ve given Chris Eustace reign of our new music radar. Enjoy.
Outfit - Dashing In Passing by TheSoundsOfSweetNothing
People have been getting excited about Outfit for a little bit and a the Liverpool five-piece look like they’re going to be pretty great at confounding those people’s expectations too. If people had them pegged as the next Friendly Fires after the blissed out ‘Two Islands’, their next offering ‘Dashing In Passing’ veers away from that. The band themselves describe it as “creepy R’n’B” and that’s a pretty good shout. Their forthcoming EP should put anyone pining for Late Of The Pier’s relentless genre-hopping on alert.
One question: is Lucy Rose really still unsigned? If she is, it hasn’t stopped her latest single ‘Red Face’ getting picked up by Radio 1. Maybe someone has swooped in while I’m typing this. You may know her as the sweet voice underpinning the last two Bombay Bicycle Club albums and their live show, but hopefully you’ll soon know her for her own delightfully cracked folk tunes. The Laura Marling comparisons are inevitable, but these songs have a special feel all of their own.
NZCA/LINES - Okinawa Channels by Oohbrilliant
Michael Lovett, a.k.a. NZCA/Lines, used to be in Gabriel Stebbing’s post-Metronomy band Your Twenties, but now he’s making perfect, clever pop songs along the lines of his mate’s old band and Hot Chip. Live, it’s like witnessing the best synth-pop hits the eighties never had, with Lovett’s falsetto hanging perfectly above the minimalistic backing.
Hopefully ScruFizzer will be the next big breakthrough star from the UK hip-hop underground. He’s got the relentless, rapid-fire scattergun style of ‘Boy In Da Corner’-era Dizzee and doesn’t he know it. There’s a trail of impressive Youtube videos and freestyles, and with 1Xtra and Radio1’s Annie Mac already lending their support, all he needs is a ‘Pass Out’/’Fix Up, Look Sharp’/’Traktor’ of his own and he’ll go supernova.
Okay, Ben Kweller is not exactly a new artist. Having released records since his mid-teens, he’s on his fifth solo album, but he continues, rather unfairly, to fly under the radar over here. It’s a pity, as it’s virtually impossible to leave a gig of his without a great big stupid grin on your face. While his earlier work recalled the crunchy pop of Weezer or The Lemonheads, his more recent efforts have betrayed his childhood love of The Beatles and country music. His new album ‘Go Fly A Kite’ brings all of it together, coming off like George Harrison gone grunge.