Bands all start somewhere. Catfish and the Bottlemen and The 1975 didn’t one day become as big as they are now, they worked for it and these bands are in the process of working towards that and are all tipped to be the ‘Next Big Thing’ by numerous critics as well as fans and this is my take on them. Most of them have released debut albums or are releasing them in the next few months but i recommend you have a listen to the material of each of these bands.
Black Honey, a messy indie-rock four piece from Brighton, similar to the likes of Wolf Alice and Sundara Karma. They play with such emotion as well as the raw and individual sound they’ve acquired.They have been much under the radar and have liked it that way – “If it was my way we’d still be a secret band,” Izzy Baxter (Lead Singer) says in an interview. However after supporting Catfish and The Bottlemen in April, their desire to stay a low-key band was somewhat destroyed as the word soon spread about them and having released their latest EP ‘Headspin’, which DIY said ‘…Is the step we’ve been waiting for’. This band is the one to watch and have so much to offer.
Recommended Tracks – Corrine and Madonna
The Cambridge Lo-Fi Punk Quartet are much like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them. They are a gritty band who just want everyone to have a good time. Their trademarks are distorted guitars and snarling vocals, makes them the very unique band are and also encourages many pits form throughout their sets. They gained more publicity after performances at Truck Fest and Reading in recent years and then supporting Wolf Alice alongside Swim Deep in March. Their EP, Stitches released in 2014 is their latest material but is well worth a listen
Recommended Tracks – Daydream and Stitches
This four-piece seem to be destined to be the next big thing after only being signed in October 2015 after being turned down for 2 years and having little to no money made the band go through some rough times, but hard work pays off and this band is a prime example of that. The bands first 10 months have been a whirlwind, after releasing their debut single ‘Bonfire’ and touring with Coasts led to a fan base growing in no time at all. They have also recently toured the States, a series of UK dates in May/June and have an upcoming UK tour in Autumn as well as their debut album ‘100’ being released 26th August. Their enthusiasm and fresh determination fuels their desire for their music to be more powerful than any other band.The four lads from Hertfordshire are like a family who are always laughing and have a carefree and cool attitude which gives them the ‘lad’ vibe which they are all about. Their early success is also down to working with producers who have worked with Lana Del Rey, Halsey, Wolf Alice and Circa Waves to produce their debut single and many other early singles. Their fans already called the ‘Hunna Squad’ and the lads have a strong connection with their fans. This Band is about to spread their wings and keep on flying. Keep an eye out.
Recommended Songs- Bonfire and Still Got Blood
Eliza and The Bear
The promising indie rock band from London, who go heavy on exuberance. There is no Eliza or no Bear. After their numerous UK dates and release of self titled debut album, they have been ever growing. They play infectious indie rock similar to Mumford and Sons. Despite the euphoric vibe their music gives off, their lyrics can be somewhat deep. Their claim to fame was supporting Paramore in 2013 at Wembley Stadium, other highlights are playing at Reading and Leeds and at Vfest this year. They are another band after recently dropping their debut album have left plenty of room for growth but have shown talent and that they are destined for greatness.
Recommended Songs – Light It Up and Friends
Lisbon, a four-piece from Whitley Bay who produce upbeat indie music. After producing and releasing free downloads which attracted new fans and built their fan base and going on a UK tour which included a series of packed venues such as Newcastle’s Think Tank, Islington Academy and showing off what sort of band they are with ‘Lisbon upon Tyne’, a Gig on a boat. They have been on a rapid rise over the last few years after singles; Shark, Vice and Native all receiving national acclaim with new single ‘Shark’ gaining a place on Huw Stephens’ ‘Radio 1 ‘s Best of BBC Music Introducing’ Playlist and an impressive performance at Maida Vale. They produce similar music to Two Door Cinema Club and the 1975 but in their own unique way.
Recommended Tracks – Vice and Shark