New Band of the Week: Death Goals

A few months back we saw a two-piece barrage of big metal noise open up proceedings for our pals in Defences. The London-based duo of Harry and Will together form Death Goals, a chaotic heavy metal sound that they describe as ‘Two Bois Making Noise’ – a tagline that accurately portrays their brand of loud, noisy, chaotic…

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New Band of the Week: Reawaken

We’ve featured some amazing female singers on this site over the last couple of years, but the vocal power of Southampton newcomers Reawaken is right up there with the best of them. The five-piece combine high-powered energetic riffs and catchy rock choruses in support of the intoxicating vocal delivery of Meg Parkinson. Reawaken initially began…

New Band of the Week: The Leo Star Electric Band

Brand new to the London rock scene, The Leo Star Electric Band might sound like some kind of bizarre electronic tribute band but will, in fact, surprise you with their delicious hooks, infectious fuzzy guitars and tasty songcraft. The trio of guitarist TJ, bassist and vocalist Chris and percussionist Danz are on a mission to “create…

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…

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: 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: 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…