Even if you only have a passing interest in the music press, you’ll be well aware that at the start of a year, writers take great pride in predicting which artists will ‘make it big’ in the next 12 months. It’s an obligatory part of music journalism. The twist here at Good News! is that I won’t be preaching about who I think will be the most successful artists in 2016; I simply want to remind you that the next year is going to be incredible for music – whether the acts in this list ‘make it’ or not is irrelevant. The sheer amount of creativity present in today’s world is incredible. The following bands and artists are only the tip of the creative iceberg.
The Big Moon
In 2015, Spanish all-female four-piece Hinds (formerly Deers) rode into the year and conquered it. They released their debut album last week to critical acclaim, bringing a climax to the year-long excitement. That band share a lot of qualities with London’s The Big Moon, and not simply due to the fact that they are both comprised of four girls. Both bands are incredibly fun to watch on stage. You can’t help but buy into the atmosphere they create and bust out your best bedroom dance moves. I will also bet my house that The Big Moon will ride exactly the same wave as their Madrid counterparts into 2016. Their unique brand of moody pop-rock, displayed on singles “The Road” and “Sucker”, seems destined to conquer the United Kingdom in the next year.
Jordan Cardy, better known as Rat Boy, is bringing back the nineties. Channelling the spirit of fellow Essex boy, Damon Albarn, Cardy is blessed with observational wit that you can’t teach. Couple that with a gift for writing brit-pop guitar lines, and you have a formula built to conquer the masses. First single ‘Sign On’ is a story every Brit could relate to, and has a chorus that is festival-proof. Follow-up ‘Fake ID’ was even better, forcing you to bounce, regardless of the situation. You will be seeing more of this lad in the next 12 months.
The Japanese House
Londoner Amber Bain’s third musical guise (she was previously behind Cubs and then Leon) seems to be her resonating frequency. Combining her delicate voice with synth-pop that oozes like honey, she has found a sound that will melt both your ears and your heart. Her song “Still”, was Zane Lowe’s last ever hottest record in the world before leaving for Apple. A stamp of approval Bain didn’t need, as she’s found her sound regardless.
Hampshire three-piece Blaenavon have been teasing the internet for the last three years. They released only three EPs in this time, as they juggled school and music. The band even had to take a break last year to finish their A-levels, making them the kind of guys that your guts tells you to hate – they’re just too talented. Sadly, after you hear the incredibly mature Miss World EP they dropped in October, the only emotion you’ll be feeling is love. Writing atmospheric indie-rock, underpinned by Ben Gregory’s deep baritone, they look built for festivals. They aren’t big fans of talking to the media, however, so you’ll just have to listen.
Talking of insanely talented teenagers, we have Declan McKenna. At only 16 years of age, the world is his oyster. Having won the Glastonbury emerging talent award in June with only one song out, the hype machine has this London lad in its cross-hairs. That track, the Jamie T-esque “Brazil” was an instant indie-guitar anthem. What’s most exciting, however, is the follow up, “Paracetamol.” It’s electronic, and as his vulnerable quiver lifts above the keys, it’s impossible not to get carried away on the bandwagon.
Public Access TV
New York has been lacking a band to follow in the Strokes footsteps and conquer the world in recent years. So, whisper this, Public Access TV could be that band. They, and in particular frontman Jonathan Earthly, have that “je ne sai quoi” which makes you stop and listen. He seems to be struggling to contain his genius, you can’t take your eyes of him performing. The band also have the songs to back it up. “I’m In Love And I’m Alone” has a breakdown that is guaranteed to make you shake away any blues. Add that to first single “Monaco”, an infectious indie dancefloor filler; ‘She’s got that morning-after gloooooow” – will be echoing around venues everywhere very soon.
Special mention to a few more bands that you gotta check out:
Jack White-endorsed rock three-piece from London
Lad rock saviours from a small town in Wales
High-energy Manchester based indie kids
Unique electronic Vancouver two-piece
The Magic Gang
Brighton’s most prolific producers of music. Indie-pop at its best.
The brightest rap poet in London, similiar style to Kate Tempest.
Vancouver post-punk fun, heavily influenced by Parquet Courts et al.
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