One thing you can rely on the north of England for is producing brilliant new Indie bands and it’s been too long since we featured one. However, the wait has been more than worth it with the discovery of loosely Cheshire-based band The Zangwills, who offer up engaging singalong vocals alongside lively indie instrumental goodness.
Brighton band Demure are using a foundation of classic rock and building a wide range of musical influences on top of it, from funk and blues to psychedelia, reggae and even hip-hop. The result is an intoxicating fusion of delicious riffs, catchy vocals, funky instrumentals and plenty of musical diversity.
My formative years of rock and metal were largely shaped by bands that emerged from the Welsh valleys in the early 2000s. Exciting quartet Raiders are a band that’s well and truly taking on the mantle some 20 years later, having also been a part of that original Welsh scene.
Oxfordshire band LASTELLE offer up a cacophony of post-hardcore meets post-rock goodness in their delicious fusion of ambient and atmospheric instrumentals with powerful dual vocals.
Lancaster trio TV FACE have honed a fun, raw and funky post-rock sound with touches of psych and punk influences who, in their words, “make songs out of being in a room making noise.”
Brand new Brighton band Amongst Liars have mastered that special art of blockbusting riffs, powerful vocals and engaging, melodic choruses that have you instantly hooked.
New Cheltenham-based rockers Neptune Rain have refused to allow these strange times to restrict their creativity and have used it as an opportunity to grow their audience.
Exciting Birmingham band The SchytëHawkës take the heaviness of hardcore and thrash and supplement them with hip-hop vocals.
Fang City have honed an energetic hard rock sound fuelled by dynamic riffs and intriguing lyrics – which they describe to us as “Bitchin’.”
Newcastle band Pave The Jungle have honed an intriguing, unusual sound that walks the tightrope between chaos and melody. The band fuse the engaging elements of US indie-rock and the noisiness of post-punk with the power of alternative rock.
Don’t expect the cliché rock songs about drugs, love and girls from exciting British dark rockers Chasing Ghosts. The band explore the human condition with emotive lyrics delivered through haunting vocals against a backdrop of engaging, atmospheric instrumentals in a sound they describe as “dynamic, emotive and cathartic.”
The foundations of Nottingham band Dark Matter were established when frontman Jack and guitarist Ed impressed each other while jamming Metallica’s Master of Puppets. So it should come as no surprise that the band have honed a thrilling sound that offers up delicious riffs, huge solos and powerful vocals.