The New Music Playlist from 2XS Rocks!
ACID TONGUE
Bullies
from Bullies 2020
This is the second album by the Seattle band, Guy Keltner & Ian Cunningham who are 'dismayed by their hometown's devolution into a squeaky-clean tech bubble'
AIMEE STEVEN
Darling
from 2020
This is an equally impressive single from the talented Liverpool singer/rocker, following her debut'Hell Is A Teenage Girl'
BABY CHAOS
Out Of The Blue
from Ape Confronts Cosmos 2020
Following triumphs like 1996's 'Hello', Chris Gordon's Glasgow changed their name to Deckard. Now they've resurfaced with a new album
BEAUTY IN CHAOS
A Kind Cruelty
from The Storm Before The Calm 2020
This is a collaboration between Beauty in Chaos (L.A.-New Orleans' Michael Ciravolo) and Austin's Curse Mackey
BIKINI TEST FAILURE
Uncomplimentary
from Album 3 2020
This is the third album by James Hill's Manchester combo (rather obviously), following 'Another Day, Another Fat Pile Of Cash' and 'Fleecing The Easily Pleased'
BONIFACE
It's A Joke
from Boniface 2020
This is the second album by the impressive Winnipeg band, led by Micah Zachary Visser
CATHOLIC ACTION
Go Away (Four Guitars For Scottish Independence)
from Celebrated By Strangers 2020
This is the second album from the Glasgow band, led by songwriter and producer, Chris McCrory. They name themselves after groups of 19th Century lay Catholics who tried to force their religion on others
CICADASTONE
Box Of Anger
from Cold Chamber 2020
The Melbourne (Oz) four-piece release the first single from their debut album
CMON
Celluloid
from Confusing Mix Of Nations 2020
CMON is the new recording project of New York City's Josh da Costa and Jamen Whitelock.
DANIEL PEARSON
Brother
from 2020
The Kingston-upon-Hull singer-songwriter has been recording in bands since 1997, and went solo in 2010. It was worth it!
DEMONS OF RUBY MAE
This Is Your Time
from 2020
The Manchester duo are Adam Rowley & Jonny Gavin, debuting on 2XS with this 'feels like I've known it all my life' classic
ENDER BENDER
Star Killer
from Star Killer 2020
Ender Bender is the solo project of L.A.'s Eddie Olguin, a multi-instrumentalist producer,guided by a unique mission of 'making perfect modern pop rock'
FAT WHITE FAMILY
Feet
from Serfs Up! 2020
The Peckham alt-psyche-rockers are led by Lias Saoudi's vocals and Saul Adamczewski's guitar. Formed in 2011, this is their third album
GIANT ROOKS
Watershed
from 2020
The German band was ormed in 2015 by Frederik Rabe (gtr-vcls), Finn Schwieters (gtr), Luca Goettner (bass), Jonathan Wischniowski (kybds) and Finn Thomas (drms)
GRAND PAX
Pwr
from PWR (EP) 2020
The Kent-to-Kentish Town Goldsmiths-educated Annie Pax returns with the follow-up to last year's 'Bunk'
THE GREY MERCHANT
Anthropocene
from The Claude Glass 2020
This is a 'wow-factor' single from the second album by the Cork fivesome
HALLOWS
Subtle
from Subtle (EP) 2020
Now based in Seattle, the Minneapolis 'brown goths' are Dominique J. Rolando and Vaneesha Dusoruth
JAMES RIGHTON
Start
from The Performer 2020
Nevada's former frontman with The Klaxons draws on influences as diverse as Roxy Music, R.E.M., The Beach Boys and Nick Lowe for his debut album
KATIE HARKIN
Nothing The Night Can't Change
from Harkin 2020
This is the debut album bythe Leeds musician and songwriter. Harkin is also known as the guitarist of Sky Larkin and as a touring member with Courtney Barnett, Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts
KATY J PEARSON
Take Back The Radio
from 2020
From Bristol (and a Judee Sill fan, which is always good!), Katy's third release features Brighton's Squid, and Davey Newington (Boy Azooga) on backing vocals and drums
THE KILLERS
Caution
from Imploding The Mirage 2020
Brandon Flowers' Las Vegas rockers released this ahead of their follow-up album to 2017's 'Wonderful Wonderful'
LIAN RAY
A Game
from Rose 2020
Lian Ray is a French songwriter who recently moved to Amsterdam after a decade spent 'battling his demons in Berlin'. Love the mellotron!
LIBERTY LIES
Letters
from It's The Hope That Kills You 2020
Liberty Lies are a four piece band from Wednesbury in the Black Country
LOCATE S,1
Personalia
from Personalia 2020
Electronistas Christina Schneider & Kevin Barnes hail from R.E.M. territory in Athens, Georgia (USA)
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
I Want To Join A Biker Gang
from Quickies 2020
Stephin Merritt's Boston (USA) indie-rockers have been going since 1991. This is from their 28-song download album,
MISSISSIPPI RIOT
Queen Without A Crown
from 2020
Led by Jack Curwell's vocals and Will Baker's guitar, the Chester band formed in 2014 . They include Led Zeppelin and Audioslave in their influences
NAKED SIX
Lost Art of Conversation
from Lost Art Of Conversation 2020
This is the debut album from the Manchester trio, comprising Seb Byford (vcls-gtr), Tom Witts (drms), and Callum Witts (bass)
OH NOVA
Nobody Move
from 2020
Born in Glasgow in 2018, the band is Paul Morton (bass-vcls), Matthew Sharp (gtr) and Ciaran Whyte (drms)
THE ROLLING STONES
Living In A Ghost Town
from 2020
The Coronavirus 'lockdown' provided a timely background to the release of the band's first single for four years. Jagger claims to have written the lyrics in 10 minutes, with some lyrical changes to fit the Covid-19 crisis
SHADER
Time Is Right
from 2020
This is the first single by Stu Whiston's Manchester-based alt-rockers
SKYFEVER
The Wait
from 2020
The Irish alt-rockers are led by Tyson, who says of this song 'was written on the 1st anniversary of the death of Chris Cornell and arrived as one conscious flow of music'
SOCCER MOMMY
Bloodstream
from Colour Theory 2020
Swiss-born Sophia Regina Allison grew up in Nashville. This is her second full-pength album
THE STROKES
Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus
from The New Abnormal 2020
This album marks a fine return to form for New York's premier post-punk band, led by Julian Casablancas' vocals, with guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti
THE STROPPIES
Cellophane Car
from Whoosh 2019
The Australian indie-rockers are from Melbourne, here with their debut album. It's new to us!
SUNSTINGER
Shimmer
from 2020
The Fife alt-rock quartet comprises members of Sergeant, Armoury and Foreignfox. More positive than most, lead singer Taylor Wright tells us 'a lot of bands choose escapism as a general theme in their songs... Instead, we write songs that celebrate who we are and where we are from'. This is their impressive fifth single
TOPS
Witching Hour
from I Feel Alive 2020
TOPS is a Montreal band which comprises Jane Penny, David Carriere, Riley Fleck, and Marta Cikojevic. They were formed in 2011 following the disbandment of synthpop group, Silly Kissers. This is their fourth album
WATCH CLARK
Toxic Friend
from Backscatter E?ect 2020
With more than a nod towards Depeche Mode, Seattle's Paul Furio produces a retro mesh of industrial and new wave
WEEKEND RECOVERY
There's A Sense
from 2020
The Leeds trio are led by one of the best female vocalists we've heard in a while, Lori Forster
WIRE AND WASTELAND
Both Ways
from Return To The Light 2020
Beautiful music from the electronica duo, formed in 2019 by Bristol singer-songwriter Julie Straw and Illinois producer-composer, Em Baker
WOLFHOUNDS
Can't See The Light
from Electric Music 2020
London's David Callahan and Andy Golding originally formed the band as teenagers in 1984, released four albums - and the well-remembered C86 cassette - and disbanded in 1990. For the past few years, they have been gigging and writing new material - and here they are!