New Band of the Week: Crosslight

Genre-bending Nottingham rockers Crosslight invite you on a road to recovery with their angsty, energetic brand of rock meets punk meets metal and hip-hop that they define as “delightfully twisted rock.” The quartet combines the powerful vocals of Charlotte Eastwood with the driving distorted guitars of Luke Litherland, harsh bass of Daniel Giles all supported…

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New Band of the Week: Alter The Sky

Cambridge rockers Alter The Sky are ready to take you on a hard rock rollercoaster this month with the release of the new-look lineup’s first EP. After forming in June 2015 the band released a self-titled debut EP last May, then underwent several changes before forming the current lineup of Hels Johnson (vocals), Kev Baker and Gal…

New Band of the Week: Escapade

Fire up your time machine and roll it back 20 years or so because we’re taking you on a ride to the good old days of Britpop with Leicester quartet Escapade, who’ve honed a sound that they describe to us as “loud, energetic and memorable.” The band started out as an acoustic duo of Sam…

New Band of the Week: The Forgotten Age

To paraphrase the old Ronseal TV adverts (for those of you of a certain age), The Forgotten Age does exactly what it says on the tin – a throwback to the good old days of metal. In their words: “The kind of music your teenage self would want to play to impress their friends, but…

New Band of the Week: Liquid State

Bristol’s Liquid State are a band worth getting excited about, combining big dirty riffs, gritty basslines and pounding drum grooves with soaring, powerful vocals in their loud, unapologetically heavy brand of rock. Having won a Battle of the Bands competition in their hometown last year, they’ve since been hard at work on their debut EP, from…

New Band of the Week: Vs

If you’ve long been yearning for a throwback to the good old days of 90s grunge then you’re in for one hell of a treat with Leeds newcomers Vs. The quintet of Shortie Himself (vocals and guitars), Sparks (guitars and part-time rapper, apparently), Ruke (guitars and backing vocals), Bear (bass) and Jungle Dave (drums), who I’m…

New Band of the Week: The Breaks

We’ve heard some interesting reasons for people kicking off their music careers, but the strangest yet has to be Alastair Shaw telling us he joined a band because his ex-girlfriend visited a psychic, who then predicted he’d be successful in music. Alistair is the guitarist in emerging Burnley formed, Manchester-based indie rockers The Breaks, and…

New Band of the Week: Junodef

Originally hailing from Sweden, the now London-based Junodef have honed an entrancing dark ‘post-death’ rock sound that serves up plenty of mystery and intrigue – and they’re a bit of a watershed moment for us as our first ever non-British New Band of the Week. Their intrigue isn’t limited to music either, with their mission…

New Band of the Week: The Lids

One of my favourite memories from a year of studying in Leicester was regularly serving Kasabian frontman Serge Pizzorno while working in the city’s O’Neills bar – to the point where he used to tell me I was “his favourite barman” because I always served him quickly and without any fuss. Not only did this…

New Band of the Week: Breichiau Hir

We’ve got something very different for you this week in the form of Welsh rockers Breichiau Hir, the first rock band I’ve personally heard that sing in Welsh. The six-piece from Cardiff, whose name translates to Long Arms, first started out in their school days, honed an intense, loud rock sound and set about bringing some…

New Band of the Week: Phoxjaw

If you’re on the lookout for the most exciting new band on the UK rock scene, then Bristol noise makers Phoxjaw are right up there. Guitarist Josh Gallop aptly describes the band’s sound as “Like being punched in the stomach and electrocuted but really enjoying it,” which pretty much tells you everything you need to…

New Band of the Week: Steal The City

Emerging Sheffield rockers Steal The City fuse infectious heavy rock with punk-infused influences in a sound that’s just been crowned with the release of their fantastic debut EP. The band began when guitarist Joe Hanson met vocalist and bassist Sam Bantock and took him to his first Download Festival in 2014. They were both inspired to…