2016- The Ones to Watch

January’s nearly over and 2016 is set to be huge for some new artists. I thought I’d suggest some artists and bands who are, undoubtedly, going to be huge this year.

Rat Boy– I’ve been singing Rat Boy’s praises for the last few months. After triumphantly supporting bands like Circa Waves and The 1975, their success is almost inevitable. They’re set to release an album this year too and are going on a headline tour of the UK in May (some days sold out on the day of release). They’re being tipped to be big by the BBC too. They have the energy and enthusiasm of a young Jamie T and lyrics comparable to those of great artists and bands, like The Streets.

FOR FANS OF: Jamie T, The Streets, those who like a bit of teenage fuelled, political lined lyrics and energetic indie rock.

HAVE A LISTEN TO: Wasteman, Move and Fake ID

Sundara Karma– I stumbled upon Sundara Karma at some point last year. I’m not entirely sure when or where but I’ve been following their music a lot since. They’ve supported The Wombats on huge dates- like at Alexandra Palace- and have played festivals up and down the country, including Reading and Leeds. They’re exciting and fresh indie rock. Oscar, lead singer, has a really unique and powerful voice which sings songs meant for arenas and huge audiences. The songs are unbelievably catchy and will soon become staples on every playlist! They’re inspired by a load of huge names, like Bowie and The Doors.

FOR FANS OF: Huuuuuge, arena style chorus’ (and bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen, in terms of area filling songs, and Circa Waves)

HAVE A LISTEN TO: Flame, Loveblood and Vivienne

The Japanese House– Ever since I heard Zane Lowe play “Still” on BBC Radio 1 last year I’ve been obsessed with the laid back, easy listening tunes of The Japanese House. The Japanese House is 19-year-old Amber Bain and she’s signed to Dirty Hit Records (The 1975, Wolf Alice). She’s worked with The 1975’s George Daniel and Matty Healy to produce music (including the EP “Pools to Bathe In”). The lyrics are lined with melancholic themes but are extremely emotional and easy to listen to. She’s supporting The 1975 on tour in March, which I’m excited to see, and I eagerly anticipate new material.

FOR FANS OF: The 1975 and laid-back, easy to listen to tunes with a unique twist.

HAVE A LISTEN TO: Still, Cool Blue and Teeth

Black Honey– On a Sunday morning at Reading Festival I discovered Brighton based, female fronted band “Black Honey ”  on the Festival Republic stage. There’s nothing I hate more than comparing female fronted bands to Wolf Alice- as everyone does, about every female fronted band- but Black Honey do, indeed, sound similar to Wolf Alice. Perhaps even a bit like Blondie (and even The Pretty Reckless). Izzy, the lead vocals, has a slight “Lana Del Rey” about her voice too. The tunes are huge, “Madonna” in particular, and are extremely memorable. They’ll be huge this year and follow in the success of female fronted bands like Wolf Alice. It’s definitely the time for a female fronted bands in alternative, indie rock.

FOR FANS OF: Wolf Alice, huge tunes and powerful female fronted indie-rock bands.

HAVE A LISTEN TO: Madonna, Sleep Forever and Corrine.

The Sherlocks– Where do you even start with The Sherlocks? They followed my sister on Twitter a year or two ago which provoked a peek at their performance at Reading Festival last year (which turned into being totally encapsulated by the set and ending up seeing it in its entirety). They have the determination of a young Alex Turner with a Gallagher brothers edge. They sound a bit like The Courteeners, with a Catfish and the Bottlemen aftertaste and a bit of Kasabian charm (especially in Escapade). They’re young, exciting and have all the elements to become something pretty big and special. I’m excited to see where they’re lead over the next year. They’re touring the UK in February.

FOR FANS OF: The Courteeners, Catfish and the Bottlemen and 2006 Alex Turner haircuts

HAVE A LISTEN TO: Live For The Moment, Escapade and Heart of Gold

Blossoms– Finally, there’s Blossoms. The music reminds me of bands like Peace whilst the vocals have a Van McCann (Catfish and the Bottlemen) touch. In some ways it reminds me of bands like The Kooks or Tame Impala. I particularly like how defined they are in their genre with their music that sets them apart from other bands and makes them totally unique. Blossoms are definitely ones to watch over the next year or so, so expect them to pop up all over the place!

FOR FANS OF: The Kooks, Tame Impala, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Peace

HAVE A LISTEN TO: At Most a Kiss, Charlemagne and Blown Rose



2016- The Ones to Watch

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