Blaenavon - My Bark is Your Bite
They've released a string of almighty singles this year, My Bark is Your Bite being the latest. Now complete with a Stranger Things-esque video (directed by none other than Craig Roberts, a.k.a. Oliver Tate in Submarine/Rio Wellard from Tracy Beaker) Blaenavon have taken another step towards inevitable greatness. We interviewed these Hampshire heroes a few weeks back as they closed a 30+ date support tour with a spellbinding and calamitous night at London Scala. Check it out.
Cabbage - Dissonance
Off the back of their second EP in the space of a month, Mancunian quintet Cabbage are striding away from any notion that they're not an act to be taken seriously. The novelty of last year's Dinner Lady plus having the most 'anti-band name' in the biz were the perfect talking points to bring attention to the group, whose newest effort 'Necroflat in the Palace' takes things to a darker, noisier place than a school canteen. Dissonance is a favourite live with its reeling guitar riffs, something you can experience for yourself very soon; they've just announced a lengthy February tour alongside other up-and-comers The Shimmer Band and April.
Girl Ray - Trouble
Courtney Barnett and The Big Moon are close comparisons to the sound of these Moshi Moshi signed newcomers. The downbeat Trouble, out this month, is a exercise in pessimism, made a little sweeter by heavenly harmonies and percussion beautifully melded to form a near perfect indie pop number. They've just ended a support tour with the likes of Slow Club and Ezra Furman, but expect to see them popping up in a town near you very soon. In the meantime, Trouble is available to pre-order digitally and on 7" vinyl. Check the video out now.
Dream Wife - FUU
On their debut, the aptly titled 'EP01', London trio Dream Wife brought the noise, but kept quiet on just how much savagery they had yet to unleash. Their new single FUU, that's 'Fuck You Up', is a vicious bite delivered with the fangs that the EP gnashed. Rakel Mjöll's unflinching vocal snaps around lyrics like "I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want / I wanna fuck you up!" in a Spice Girls infused hurricane of gritty, determined girl power. Self described "bad bitches", make yourselves known.
D.I.D - Flush
It appears the dog isn't quite dead after all. You may remember Dog is Dead, five quirky lads from Nottingham whose 2012 debut 'All Our Favourite Stories' beautifully lifted gloomy songwriting with jazzy arrangements. After a shaky semi-comeback with last year's 'Fast Food' EP, the ethereal Flush is the first taste of new material from the group who, despite a relatively pointless name change, don't seem to have been up to a whole lot lately. But the track looks set to be the first part of a new album campaign and with luck, what follows will be just as delicious.
Words: Alex Cabré