• davidgiuntoli March 31, 2015 Royal Blood

    Buzzworthy Brightonians channelling Zep and Pixies using the tried-and-tested two-piece format. Hometown: Brighton. The lineup: Mike Kerr (vocals, bass), Ben Thatcher (drums). The background: Although Drenge, Southern, Ruen Brothers and now Royal Blood have their own specialisms and idiosyncrasies, it would be hard to argue that they weren’t born out of an idea first formulated […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Lolawolf

    Jim Hendrix impersonator sires 80s NYC disco-pop wild child. Are you gonna go her way? Hometown: Brooklyn. The lineup: Zoe Kravitz, James Levy, Raviv Ullman, Jimmy Giannopoulos. The background: “Would you take me to the West Side – would that be alright?” Zoë Kravitz ever so politely enquires on Drive, the lead track on Lolawolf’s […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Naked (On Drugs)

    Franco-Manc duo with an artful combination of sleaze and menace. Hometown: Manchester. The lineup: Sebastien Perrin (vocals), Luke Byron Scott (guitar). The background: There’s a photo of today’s new duo, naked, although whether they’re on drugs we can’t tell. We can tell, however, that the photo of them was taken in the bath, which is […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Michael A Grammar

    New Midlands band channelling Madchester via the Thames Valley. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/108375626″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Hometown: Nottingham. The lineup: Frankie Mockett (guitar, vocals), Joel Sayers (guitar, vocals), Daniel Ondieki (bass), John Davies (drums). The background: Michael A Grammar are like a Manchester band doing an impression of a Thames Valley one; a hybrid of […]

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  • davidgiuntoli IC1s

    These Harrow lads make music for terraces, in the yob-anthem vein of Sham 69 (with a little U2 guitar) Hometown: Harrow. The lineup: Daniel Coburn (vocals), Jesse James (guitars), John Campbell (guitars), Leon Dee (bass), Andy Faulkner (drums). The background: They headlined HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival and played on the Emerging Icons Festival Stage […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Air Traffic Controller

    Quirkily infectious geek-pop from the States. Prediction: they might be giants. Hometown: Boston, USA. The lineup: Dave Munro (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar), Richie Munro (drums), Steve Scott (keyboards, effects, electric guitar), Casey Sullivan (lead vocals, bass, mandolin), Kiara Ana (viola). The background: Air Traffic Controller are one of those bands where it’s really […]

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  • davidgiuntoli The Moth and the Flame

    Indie rock that is dour yet dazzling, from the home of Donny and Marie. Hometown: Provo, Utah. The lineup: Brandon Robbins (vocals, guitar), Mark Garbett (keyboards, vocals), Andrew Tolman (backing vocals, drums). The background: The Moth and the Flame are fulfilling a need, if indeed such a demand exists, for a Coldplay/Flaming Lips hybrid. They’re […]

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  • davidgiuntoli Saint Motel

    If Jarvis Cocker moved to LA and made an album of yacht-rock influenced Britpop, it might sound like this. Hometown: Los Angeles. The lineup: A/J Jackson (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Chondrak “Dak” Lerdamornpong (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums). The background: Saint Motel are a Brit-indie band trapped in the bodies of four […]

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