2016 was an amazing year for new music, with so many up and coming bands on the radar. Here are 5 I believe you should definitely check out and catch them at a gig before they get really big!
Black honey make haunting, whirling and epic guitar music that has brought them to the attention of bands such as Slaves, who recently invited the Brighton based band on tour with them last November. Following the release of their Headspin EP in August, latest single, Hello
Today, features the charismatic singer Issy B on a crime spree in the US desert. If you’re a fan of Wolf Alice, make sure to give Black Honey a listen. A series of European and UK shows in January and March 2017 is followed by an appearance at Live at Leeds in April. Black honey will own 2017.
In 2016 Blaenavon built up a small, but dedicated fan base alluring them in with moody magic that demands to be heard. With a number of EPs already under their belt, and their recent release of their track “My Bark Is Your Bite” reaching over 1 million streams, Blaenavon are on the up and will be moving onto big things in 2017.
After appearing all over the place last summer at a variety of different festivals, and supporting bands such as Mystery Jets and Sundara Karma. If you’re a fan of atmospheric music such as The Maccabees, be sure to check them out.
This loutish post punk band Cabbage have been described as Manchester’s most exciting new band. With the recent release of “Young Dumb And Full Of… Cabbage” they are definitely one to keep your eye on. If you’re a fan of Fat White Family’s southern pandemonium,
Cabbage are your northern version, with a political inflection that gives them an angry charge. One of their recent singles Free Steven Avery (Wrong America) condemns America’s political system by supporting the main star of Netflix’s Making a Murderer documentary and calling out for the death of Donald Trump. Catch them on their UK tour this March and supporting Blossoms and the Courteeners this summer.
WILLIE J HEALY
If you’re a fan of King Krule but wished he was slightly more upbeat, here’s your chance. This Oxford phenomenon produces shoegaze bangers with a tinge of 80’s guitar, definitely a similar vibe to Mac Demarco.
His EPs, HD Malibu, Saturday Night Feeling and very recent release of Hey Big Moon are perfectly mellow music ensuring he’s gonna be a big deal in 2017.
If you want something gritty and prick up your ears. Mattie Vant and his boys create the perfect blend of rock and punk whilst commentating on political issues of today’s society. With solid lyrics and ferocious energy the band puts on a brilliant show. If you’re a fan of Drenge or Slaves, you should definitely give VANT a listen.
They’ll be touring their debut album Dumb Blood after its release in February, so make sure to catch them!