1. LITTLE NIGHT TERRORS
These rising stars from Leicester, who recently played the UK festival Summer Sundae, have a fresh, alternative sound which is hard to put in a box (in a good way!). With their single ‘Pocket Rocket (Where The Light Is)’ proving very popular on iTunes, and a sold out gig at the O2 Academy Leicester to their name, we definitely think they are ones to watch. Check out their latest single ‘Young Lion’.
Listen to them if you like The View, General Fiasco and Various Cruelties.
2. THE CORNERSTONES
The band, from West London, are more alternative than indie, citing on their Myspace page influences ranging from Elbow and Kasabian, to The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Their album, ‘Begin To End, Vol.1’ consists of mainly guitar-based soft-rock songs, which personally remind us of Oasis, especially the track, ‘Why Did She Leave Me?’
Listen to them if you like 90s-style alternative and Britpop bands, such as Blur, Pulp and The Levellers.
3. YOUNG ELECTRICSTwitter: https://twitter.com/Young_Electrics
The first band we thought of when we heard Brighton-based band Young Electrics, were The Kooks. They play good old indie music, with our much-loved guitar riffs, catchy drum beats and wide-ranging vocals. If we were to recommend just one of their songs, we would choose ‘Caught In The Rain’, which would fit right in live at any indie music festival.
Listen to them if you like indie and Britpop, such as The Wombats, The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys.
4. THE HUMMINGBIRDS
One of the most cheerful bands we’ve heard in a while. The sunny Scouser skiffle band released their first EP ‘Talking Of Tomorrow’ in 2011, and are now releasing their third, entitled, ‘Break Your Heart’. Over the past year, the band have gained success with gigs all over the country, especially in their home city of Liverpool. We recommend listening to ‘Back In Liverpool’. Look out for their debut album, which they are planning on launching next year.
Listen to them if you like indie-folk and country-inspired bands, such as Mumford and Sons or Noah and the Whale.
5. THE SILENT SIGNALS
The Silent Signals are a band from Philadelphia, USA, who have an alternative/ grunge sound whilst also drawing inspiration from more electronic music genres. However, guitars remain a central part of their music, including a wide use of bass guitar. Their album, ‘An Emotion Picture’ consists mostly of ballads, but the type of ballad which builds up into a crescendo of different instruments, making a bigger impact.
Listen to them if you like bands which combine, to quote The Silent Signals themselves, ‘Music + Alternative + Electronic’