So with the first 6 months of 2018 over and the days already starting to get shorter (how is this possible!!), I thought it the right time to pull together a highlight playlist of my favourite jams of the year to date. With a re-ignition of activity here at DiR.net, its about time to do some more sharing, how modern of this aging dinosaur! We’ll see how many of these stick around until the traditional end of year retrospective.
DiR.net: Best of 2018 So Far…
As usual a huge mixed blend of guitar genres on offer covering
- Sharp indie-rock (The Spielbergs)
- Unhinged rock and roll (The Hawkins*)
- 70’s Pop throwbacks with the best band name of recent times (Death By Unga Bunga)
- Dutch manic Pop-Punk/Rock (Tusky)
- Huge Southern Rockers (Black Stone Cherry)
- Youthful diversity (YUNGBLUD, Dead!)
- Scandinavian Melodic Hard Rock/Metal/Pop (Audrey Horne, Mustasch, Spiders, Heavy Tiger*,The Night Flight Orchestra*)
- British Blues (Kris Barras Band)
- Progressive Metal (Caligula’s Horse*)
- Thumping Stoner Rock (Corrosion of Conformity, Black Rainbows)
- Fresh and Modern UK Hard Rock (Fragile Things, Turbowolf, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Fire Red Empress*)
- Hardcore & Post Punk (Turnstile, The Fever 333)
- Essex Folk anti-hero (Beans On Toast)
- …plus a few more to boot
* Whilst most of these are from 2018 releases I have snuck in a few that slipped my best of 2017 end of year net.
We concluse our DoesItRock Guide to Camden Crawl 2010 by pointing you in the direction of some of the more challenging “they’re much better live” bands who’s performances you wont want to miss!
Go see them Live: Spotify Sampler
Pulled Apart By Horses
Really hard to pin down to a single genre. they mix element of alternative, proggressive, noise-rock, post-hardcore & metal all bound with an aggressive in your face attitude. These guys demand your attention, their live shows are not suprisingly chaotic and highy rated. (Saturday)
Listen to: E = MC Hammer (on Spotify)
Standby for take-off as these electro-metal come drum & bass rockers are here for one purpose! Raving! (Saturday)
Listen to: Propane Nightmares [Live At Brixton Academy] (on Spotify)
Brilliantly catchy off kilter rampant rock from group with alternative lo-fi leanings and plenty of wierd warping effects in their back pockets! (Saturday)
Listen to: Male Bonding (on Spotify)
Japanese Godzilla of progressive and experimental rock with mammoth riffs, crazy freakout vocals,. Epic sonic explosions of strangely enjoyable noise sure to leave you either stunned in amazement, or deaf! (Saturday)
Listen to: Koroshitai Kimochi (on Spotify)
Seriously whacked out experimental rock with angry streak. Sure to be an intense show combining punk energy with electro fuzz riffing, Death From Above 1978 style.
Listen to: Ancient Snake (on myspace)
Alternative frenetic riff rock resurgance has spawned this cracking band in the same vein as Dananananaykroyd. Live show is sure to be great! (Sunday)
Listen to: Night Of Pencils (on Spotify)
Crazed use of the synth machine and samples galore are the signature of this fiesty electro band. Rather like Scooter only with some credibility. Hard and heavy electro mixes and yelped (out of tune) vocals are probably best for the dance mad!
Listen to: Took Life (on Spotify)
Right Hand Left Hand
This duo use looped instrumentals to create anarchic post-rock which is at the same time catchy as totally bonkers. A glorius rock and roll mess!
Listen to: Stanislav Petrov (on myspace)
That Fucking Tank
Strap your progressive ears on for these superb instrumental rockers. Their comical song titles are worthy of a gander at the least.
Listen to: Keanu Reef (on Spotify)
Im afraid thats all from me here at DoesItRock.net…the choice is now yours. Go forth, check out these bands and head down to Camden on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. We’ll be there, stay tuned for the review…coming soon!
There are plenty of bands playing both days at the festival giving you ample opportunity to catch them. Here’s a bunch of highlights from those groups on Crawl’s extensive lineup.
Sat/Sun Highlights: Sat/Sun Spotify Sampler
Spacemen who sound like the electro pop incarnation of David Bowie. These Aussies are maving waves in the electronic scene, time to check them out.
Listen to: Into The Galaxy (on Spotify)
Their live performance supporting Dananananaykroyd split the DiR team with Marmite like efficiency. So i’m afraid i’ll leave this one down to you! This tune is infact quite good!
Listen to: Adventuring (on Spotify)
Lilly Allen, Kate Nash move over Eliza is in town. Sounds exactly the same as the previously mentioned artists, witty social commentary with sugary sweet pop.
Listen to: Moneybox (on Spotify)
Betty & the Werewolves
Racious female fronted DIY punk with girl power flowing through their souls. Rapidfire vocals are full of amusing lines and are extremely catchy.
Listen to: Euston Station (on Spotify)
Rampaging rock and roll riots! Chickenhawk wont stop till they have torn down the building or you have run scared of their unrelenting experimental riffing!
Listen to: I Hate This, Do You Like It? (on last.fm)
Kurran & the Wolfnotes
Impressive layered arrangements for a young folk band who ahre similarities with bands like The Shins.
Listen to: Whatabitch (on Spotify)
Riding high on a hype wave there is sure to be a crowd here for this indie rock darling, for good reason too. She’s very Madchester and the scratchy guitars and sombre vocals sure to leave a lasting impression.
Listen to: Intuition (on Spotify)
Indie as you like with a dictinctly surf pop sound. If it’s floaty vocals and fedback guitars your after, check them out.
Listen to: Beachy Head (on Spotify)
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
A beautiful voice in amongst all the rock and roll this folk rising star could provide the most peaceful string loaded show of the weekend
Listen to: This Is How It’s Meant To Be (on myspace)
Dripping with indie credentials and comparisons to Pavement & Built To Spill, possibly trying too hard to be hip.
Listen to: Swim (on Spotify)
Calvin Harris has serious competition in the form of Alex Metric. His electro-pop is dance heavy but never fails to produce a hook heavy melody.
Listen to: Head Straight (on Spotify)
The concluding post follows tomorrow…
Welcome back to part 2 of our guide to London’s premier new music showcase festival, The Camden Crawl….
Sunday Highlights: Sunday Spotify Sampler
Welshmen who are positioned at the top of the Post-Hardcore tree. Energetic punk rock with infectious melodies and a whole host of brilliant songs.
Listen to: Last Train Home (on Spotify)
Gang Of Four
The genre defining & influencial 70’s post-punk band with spiky angular guitars and a political message. The original lineup has been reformed and set to play their extremely catchy rock. Not to be missed!
Listen to: Damaged Goods (on Spotify)
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Underground rockers have been around the block many times but are still making thundering blues alt-rock with a dark twist.
Listen to: Rise Of The Eagles(on Spotify)
Huge heavy metallers with scorching female vocals are sure to start ears bleeding with their bludgeoning QOTSA-esque sludge metal. Riff roaring, fast and furious noise. They do sing about wizards and sci-fi alot though!
Listen to: In The Midst Of Madness (on myspace)
Have risen to be big players in the UK Post-Hardcore scene, the double header with these and LostProphets is a rockers dream ticket.
Listen to: The Fire (on Spotify)
Insanely intense live performances are the trademark of these hardcore techno infused in your faces technical metalheads. These youngsters can be too much for the pop fan and the slightly scary female screaming vocals back up this fact.
Listen to: I love Turbulence(on We7)
Generic indie rock which is perfectly enjoyable, not going to set the world on fire but worthy of a mention.
Listen to: We Are The Foolish (on Spotify)
Punk rock and roll which is high in DIY production and rough around the edged charm. Vocalist is reminicent of Joe Strummer and this has an overall Clash like ramshakle-ness to it.
Listen to: It Threatens (myspace)
Indie rock from this Canadian collective is briming with exciting energy, great floaty vocals and a multitude of hummable melodies.
Listen to: Archaeologists (on Spotify)
Indie rock infused with electro effects and a funk ethos. Produce very slick catchy tunes which can fill a dancefloor in double quick time.
Listen to: Coming To Save You(on Spotify)
Armed with Acoustic guitars their complex melodies are pretty damn cool if slightly folky. Yet their catchy riff writing is well worth a listen.
Listen to: Stray Cat(on Spotify)
We Are Scientists
Great live band who play uplifting pop-rock based on superb blues riffs and catchy chorus’s. Made a splash with brilliant debut album.
Listen to: The Great Escape (on Spotify)
Brit-poppers who lace their tunes with a dreamy indie pop sensibility. The pop is unashamed but and know how to pen a cathcy melody or four.
Listen to: Long Time Coming (on Spotify)
Dev Hynes, the ex alt-rocker of Test Icicles turned folk and croons sweet pop melodies.
Listen to: Galaxy Of The Lost (on Spotify)
More to come tomorrow, peeps!
With the line-up for the 2010 edition of the award winning urban new music festival almost finalised, it is time shed some light onto the artists set to make (or break) their names up in Camden Town. With a massive lineup of 174 extremely eclectic acts confirmed thus far all sharing the same passion for producing great music and dream of making it big in the industry. With so many new bands to see we’ll try to pick out a few bands for you to keep an eye on, ones to avoid, and the odd song to give you an idea of what you’re getting in to.
Saturday Highlights: Saturday Spotify Sampler
Girl, Boy vocal pop duo that play simple cheery melodies but excel with their enthusiastic vocals and captivating wordplay. As simple as it is effective! Highly Reccommended!
Listen to: Me And You (on Spotify)
Leading the UK popular dance scene at the moment with his superbly catchy syth heavy electro. All over the radio and here to steal the show!
Listen to: Acceptable In The 80’s (on Spotify)
It’s all jingle jangle for this 60’s recalling scottish power pop group. Hard not to enjoy, poppy melodies dry like cement in your memory!
Listen to: It’s All In My Mind (on Spotify)
Hot indie scene buzz band play Surf Pop with a twee indie edge producing simple carefree whimsical tunes.
Listen to: Lets Go Surfing (on Spotify)
Rough around the edges Floyd influenced psychadelic with a dash of sabbath and plenty of guitars are stamped across the Dead Meadow. Guitar fans are sure to enjoy, as are the hippies listening to the blissed out vocals and fuzzy six stringed lo-fi noise.
Listen to: What Needs Must Be (on Spotify)
Funky electronic keyboard tickling from this NYC dwelling duo. They are a hoot live!
Listen to: Liquid Love (on Spotify)
Female vocaled indie rockers with plenty of melody and jangly pop harmonies. Multi intrumentalist layering without breaching pretense.
Listen to: Small Things (on Spotify)
LA girls play indie rock with a sweet side. Breezy melodies, beautiful vocals and catchy guitars line their pop-centric appeal, they are certainly above your average all girl group. Think the Corrs with guitars!
Listen to: What I Say And What I Mean (on Spotify)
We Are The Ocean
Essex born and bred Post-Hardcore punk rock and roll with bite and vigour. Clean vocals are terribly american, but an oversight which can be ignored! These guys pack a mean snarling punch!
Listen to: Look Alive (Spotify)
“Brimful of Asha on the 45”, “Everybody need a Bosom for a pillow, everybody needs a Bosom”, One hit Wonders are worth catching for ‘that’ classic song alone!
Listen to: Brimful Of Asha (The Norman Cook Remix) (on Spotify)
Uplifting power/pop-punk/rock from these welshmen showing the british can do good time guitar pop as good as the Americans. Immediate and incessently catchy rock music!
Listen to: Runaway Now (on Spotify)
The Chapman Family
Would be Maximo Park-a-likes if it wasn’t for their indie grunt and thrashy noise rock freakouts keeping things interesting!
Listen to: Kids (on Spotify)
The Lost Levels
Chaotic indie guitars on a progressive electro mission. A real genre bender who produce some fine (if a little bonkers) tunes.
Listen to: Power (on Myspace)
Art Vs Science
Funcy hard hitting beats from this Australian Dance rock outfit. Thumping keys and fun lyrics keep them interesting.
Listen to: Parlez Vous Francais? (on Myspace)
House De Racket
Racquet sport gimmick wielding Frenchman, who like fellow dance music countrymen Daftpunk & Justice, really rock out!!!
Listen to: Synthétiseur (on Spotify)
More to come tomorrow, folks!
After flicking through the latest releases I stumbled by chance upon an eponymous Debut from Fight The Empire. Spotify was only so kind to provide me with the audio and I’ve been hooked ever since. A real riff machine this rough round the edges rocker has what is most important in a young bands career, promise! They have a barrel load of infectious melodies and enough spirit to encourage you to get along to their live shows…what more could you ask for?
Listen to Fight The Empire on Spotify now!
I would like to introduce a band very close to my heart…
Heaven’s Basement are new in one respect and not on the other. They have in fact risen out of the ashes of a the great modern Classic Rock band Roadstar!!
Roadstar split the other year rather abruptly after releasing the amazing Grand Hotel, with management issues being cited as the major cause. But thankful to us all they have all remained working together and have returned to rock music in the shape of Heaven’s Basement.
Heaven’s Basement’s sound is still faintly recognisable as Roadstar with Richie still taking vocal duties, but they have moved on to darker and less pristine orientations. Not such a bad thing as these new tracks rock ever bit as hard as anything Roadstar produced with thundering riffs and sublime solo’s.
One bad thing is they have already spoken out to notify all those wishing to hear Roadstar material at gigs, will be sadly disappointed. Personally I’m just glad their back! (Maybe they will change their minds later)
Photo courtesy of bitchinrockphotos.com.
I feel obliged to put a shout out to this years most rock and roll spirited new young band!
Airbourne are a ‘new’ band from the land of Oz. They have an extremely laddish vocalist, ear shattering screams, are masterful exponents of the major power chords, have huge hair, include a fantastic dual guitar attack all the while singing about sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Hmm… is it just me or does this all sound extremely familiar, answers on a postcard please!
Aside from obvious styling’s, they cock-rock with the best of them and their latest album Runnin’ Wild is this years classic rock brute, which is sure to leave many a twee indie folker rocked to the core! They have been handed a long album deal so look forward to much much more from these stalwart’s bringing their down under, powered to 11, rock and roll muscle!
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution You Know
Finally, after years of following this band they have got their first inches in the music press. The publication is ‘Classic Rock’ magazine and they have been featured on their latest cd ‘Hot in 2007’. Time to let you in on one of my favourite groups.
The Trews are from Nova Scotia in Canada which makes them instantly more likable as i had an awesome time there this summer with friends!! They play a slant on the traditional rock band with stunning vocals more hooks than a fishing contest. They play excellent rock n’ roll with enough energy and catchy tunes to warrant them to be more popular. Having never broken out of North America it’s no wonder why the UK havent been hit by this group who ocasionally take pages out of the Black Crowes handbook.
Their debut album “House of Ill Fame” is their best work to date, but follow-up album “Den Of Thieves” has many tracks to rival it’s greatness. At their best The Trews throw out a barrage of riffs and radio friendly pop/rock with each track loaded with it’s own contagious melody. You can’t help but admire their rock craft in both mid-tempo tracks as well as the full on assault of guitars. Picking tracks, “Every Inhambition” the debut opener is a bouncy riff driven classic,”Stray”the albums final farewell is lyrically driven greatness, “Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me” is back to basics blues power, where “Hopeless“is asuperb acoustic ballad and finally I love the head thumping “Black Halo“.
Here’s Spin.com showing some love…
“Den of Thieves begs to be performed live, filled with fist-pumping rock, melodic power pop, and danceable blues-funk flourishes, with a few sway-worth ballads tossed in for good measure.”
Need I say more? Can’t wait for these guys to take over the airwaves. UK bound? Not yet but I wish otherwise!
Did I mention they also won the “2005 Canadian East Coast Music Award for Group of the Year”?