Meet the hottest new names in music, including the bands you won't want to miss this year...
There’s a new batch of musicians primed to follow in the successful footsteps of last year’s hottest bands, HAIM, London Grammar and CHVRCHES. We round up the new names to know, alongside the bands you just won’t be able to ignore this year. From dominating festival stages to dingy club shows, say hello to the acts that will shape your year.
1. Dum Dum Girls
With their soon-to-be released third album,Too True, set to be their most exciting and successful record to date, Dum Dum Girls are the band on everyone’s lips heading into 2014. Expect overwhelming emotions condensed into polished indie-pop, delivered with Dee Dee’s cool vocals and the backing of three seriously talented gals.
2. Lonely The Brave
Cambridge band Lonely The Brave have already gained the support of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, who named their debut single, Blackroads, as his ‘Hottest Record in the World’. The WORLD. Masters of their own signature blend of alt-rock, this charming five-piece are poised to break down all kinds of genre boundaries during the next twelve months.
3. Chlöe Howl
Providing the live soundtrack to Fearne Cotton’s Very catwalk back in September, 18-year-old Chlöe was just as sparkly as the SS14 wares which paraded around her. Away from the fashion setting though, the Brit songstress is brash, in a Kate Nash manner, with an upfront approach to singing about relationships. Namely the awkward, no strings attached, variety. Need we say more?
Say hello to your new favourite band crushes, because there’s something totally irresistible about this New York three-piece. Besides not being able to actually skate, the scuzzy rockers have an uncanny likeness to The Strokes – which from where we’re sitting, can only be a good thing.
Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, is gearing up to release of her hotly-anticipated first album. And we have it on good authority that it sounds amazing. Sitting pretty on a bed of electro-pop, this 21-year-old is poised to occupy the most-played lists this summer.
6. Joanna Gruesome
They’ll be no genre limits for this wild pack of university pals. Making music straight out of Cardiff, the five-piece muse over various indie and punk sub-genres to create one of the most unexpectedly infectious sounds of the year. Mark our words.
If the pigtails aren’t enough to catch your attention, Moko’s refreshing blend of ’90s garage and South London soul will stop anyone in a hurry. Not convinced? This 22-year-old knows her way around the crop top trend just as well as the stage.
8. Eliza And The Bear
They’ll be no doom and gloom here, Eliza And The Bear produce the kind of catchy songs you’ll want to tap your feet to. And with Arcade Fire’s Glastonbury billing setting the tone for summer, these British upstarts could well be opening a stage not too far away.
9. Wolf Alice
When they’re not staking claim on this year’s ‘coolest new band’ title, you’ll find this British four-piece nestled in the armchair of their favourite Camden pub. Still, they’ve had plenty of time to capture the hearts of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and NME with their folk-tinged indie.
Touring with genre pals Palma Violets saw Telegram master their trade in 2013, but now things are getting serious for the London-based indie rockers. Matt Saunders’ Welsh twang is nothing short of endearing, spread evenly on a helping of oddly glam-yet-understated guitar music.