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ARIEL VIEW
Pretty Flowers
from Until My Lungs Are Cleared 2019
The all-girl 'queer-identifying' Ontario band are led by Harmonie Martinez' vocals and guitar. She had started the band as a duo back in 2014. Their album takes its title from a song that Harmonie wrote when she was 14
ATTIC THEORY
My Own Design
from 2019
Ex-members of Liverpool's Matchstickmen, Lewis Wright and Peter Donnelly, are joined by guitarist Tim Cunningham (ex-Rain May Fall), Kenny McArthur on bass and Matt Simon on drums
BEABADOOBEE
Space Cadet
from Space Cadet (EP) 2019
Bea Kristi is a Gen-Z alt-rocker and Pavement fan who was born in the Philippines and raised in West London
BEAT HOTEL
Feel It
from 2019
The Brighton six-piece Gen Z rockers are led by Paul Pascoe, the band's lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer. Some astoundingly accomplished songwriting here, as we move into the third guitar-rock era. Let's hope they don't peak too early, as the likes of Diesel Park West did thirty years ago...
BECK
Hyperspace
from Hyperspace 2019
Bring on the Jewish scientologist, Bek David Campbell, with his fourteenth studio album. It was co-produced by Pharrell Williams, with this tracks also co-written (and featuring) Terrell Hines
BROKEN WITT REBELS
Running With Wolves
from OK Hotel 2019
The Birmingham blues/soul/rockers release their second fine album
CANDY BEAT CAMP
Anger And Lust
from Lust And Anger 2019
Based in Vienna, the band is based around the Carinthian singer-songwriter Wolfgang Kanduth. This is their fourth album
CANDY BEAT CAMP
Cheater
from Lust And Anger 2019
Based in Vienna, the band is based around the Carinthian singer-songwriter Wolfgang Kanduth. This is their fourth album
THE CHERRY DOLLS
State Of Mine
from 2019
Nice electrifying raw noise from Melbourne (Oz)'s Joshua Aubry, Jakob Kagan, Thomas van der Vliet, Brendan West and Jim Stirton
THE COLLISION
Unbelievable
from 2019
Formed in 2017, the Portsmouth band have moved from their indie origins into a heavier rock sound. They comprise Lewis Smith (vcls), Tom Copeland (bass), and brothers Evan and Chris Latter (gtr and drms)
CORNERSHOP
No Rock, Save In Roll
from England Is A Garden 2019
The Leicester band's first album since 2012's 'Urban Rurban' has been described as a 'joyous ode to the golden age of rock'. Leader Tjinder Singh pays homage to his Wolverhampton roots and the Black Country's birth of rock
DIVINE ASTRONAUT
Undone
from Made Not In Berlin 2019
The L.A. electronistas are singer Livvy Holland and multi instrumentalist Moonhead. They describe their sound as 'night-time music that is downtempo alternative electronica with triphop and industrial elements'
DOUBLE EXPERIENCE
New Me
from Alignments: Neutral (EP) 2019
The Ottawa 'nerd-rockers' are Brock Tinsley (gtr) and Ian Nichols (vcls, bass)
EDITORS
Upside Down
from Black Gold 2019
Tom Smith's band started in Birmingham in 2002. Previously known as Pilot, The Pride and Snowfield. This is an original title track from their 2019 compilation album which contains three new songs, plus 13 hits from the band's 15 year career
EVE OWEN
She Says
from 2019
Despite being the London singer-songwriter's debut single, you'll know her voice from 'The National' songs like 'Where Is Her Head' and 'I Am Easy To Find'
FOALS
The Runner
from Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 2 2019
Foals are a 5 piece band from Oxford. Members Jack Bevan and Yannis Philippakis were originally in the rock band 'The Edmund Fitzgerald'. This albumwas released as 'Part 1', and 'Part 2'
FOX SHADOWS
Stay
from Melancholia 2019
Claiming 'Our world is on tape', Vienna's Andreas Liska, Geronimo Volpe and Tom Refur use a variety of guest vocalists on this album, including Sophie Lindinger (Leyya, My Ugly Clementine) on this track
GRACES COLLIDE
Ride
from Our Tomorrow 2019
Dan Wenham leads the Brighton rockers, finally releasing their debut album
THE GREETING COMMITTEE
Is This It
from This Is It 2019
Not to be confused with the Sunderland band of the same name, this lot are from Kansas City
JACKBOW
Over The Edge
from Is This Forever 2019
Jackbow are described as 'five young guys from the heart of the wild west' which, in this case, is Nordfjordeid in Norway
JAMES RIGHTON
The Performer
from The Performer 2019
With an interesting M People 'Moving On Up'-influenced intro, this is from the debut album by the Stratford-upon-Avon Klaxons co-founder. It's released on DeeWee Records, run by Soulwax
JUDAH AND THE LION
Sportz
from Pep Talks 2019
Fronted by the exceptionally charismatic Judah Akers, the Tennessee band had their songs 'Why Did You Run?' and 'Let Go' chosen for the FIFA 2020 Soundtrack
K MICHELLE DUBOIS
Feast Or Famine
from 2019
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dubois counts Blondie & Divinyls among her influences, along with Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and Fever Ray. So that's all good! This single folows her impressive 2018 debut album, Harness
LOVE'N'JOY
Come About
from Bender On The Silk Road 2019
Anton Pushkar, Andrii Sukhariev, and Sergey Zlobin are three Ukranians mad for Brit-pop and 60s psychedelia. Heaven knows how they manage such convincingly English-sounding vocals, but this is very impressive
MAVEN
Stronger Than You
from Am I Awake? (EP) 2019
Started in 2013, the London band have finally settled on a stable line-upcomprising Dan Nash (ld vcls), Joe Marshall (gtr), Rob Barlow (gtr); Sam Tindal (bass), and Josh Stillwell (drms)
MIKAL CRONIN
Caravan
from Seeker 2019
Mikal Cronin is a garage/psych rock guitarist, bassist, singer and songwriter from Laguna Beach, California
MOOON
Another State Of Mind
from Safari 2019
Dutch brothers Tom and Gijs de Jong, and their cousin Timo van Lierop, founded the 60s-infused band in Aarle-Rixtel in 2013. This is their second album
NAKED SIX
Song of the City
from Lost Art Of Conversation 2019
This is the debut album from the Manchester trio, comprising Seb Byford (vcls/gtr), Tom Witts (drms), and Callum Witts (bass)
NOVUSTORY
Edible
from 2019
The alt-rock power trio "create some crackers in a glorified shed in Manchester"
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
Wild Roses
from Fever Dream 2019
The six-piece Icelandic indie folk band formed in 2010, and is led by co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar Porhallsson
OLYMPIA
Come Back
from Flamingo 2019
An exciting second album from the Australian singer/songwriter, Olivia Jayne Bartley, following her 2016 debut, 'Self Talk'
PALACE OF THE KING
Move Through The Fire
from Get Right With Your Maker 2019
The Melbourne rockers are led by the vocals of Tim Henwood, who the band approached after hearing him sing with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick. This will be their fourth album
THE PERSIAN LEAPS
Catnip For Cupid
from Electrical Living 2019
The Persian Leaps are an indie-rock band from Saint Paul, Minnesota
THE RACONTEURS
Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)
from Help Me Stranger 2019
The Detroit 'supergroup' comprises Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather), Brendan Benson, with Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. In Australia, they were The Saboteurs
THE SKULLERS
Brooklyn Girls
from 2019
The New Jersey rockers are led by New Yorker Jack Skuller, who's been writing songs since he as 8. He's now quite good at it!
THE SKULLERS
Meet Me In Memphis
from 2019
The New Jersey rockers are led by New Yorker Jack Skuller, who's been writing songs since he as 8. He's now quite good at it!
TITUS ANDRONICUS
Hey Ma
from An Obelisk 2019
The New Jersey indie-punk rockers founded the band in 2005. Perhaps obviously, they take their name from the Shakespeare play, and have cited musical and stylistic influences such as Pulp (not evident here!)
US3R
Millennial Blues
from Millennial Blues 2019
Us3r ('User') is a Seattle-based solo electro-indie artist who began writing music under this moniker in 2018
VESENT
Medicine
from 2019
The Leeds band 'take your idea and perception of rock music and turn it on its head'
WALRUS
Cool To Who
from Cool To Who 2019
The Canadian psychedelic indie-rockers are from Halifax, Nova Scotia
ZERO 7
Swimmers
from 2019
The London duo go back to lunchtime spliffs on Hampstead Heath, where 16-year-old schoolkids Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker began what Sam calls "a long conversation about music which has lasted ever since". They became studio engineers in 1997. Jem Cooke us the vocalist here