Do you find it a bit overwhelming trying to keep up with all the great new songs and bands in the current alternative rock scene? I find it a bit daunting myself, so as often as I can, I try to dig for new music and then compile a playlist of all my favorite new stuff for the blog, so people can check it out. Here’s my most recent playlist of the 25 best new tracks from the past month or so, including new tunes from Vinyl Staircase, The Proper Ornaments, Weird Milk, Ride, and much more.
1. Catholic Action – Doing Well
This Glaswegian band are doing quite well, especially after the release of their new tune, “Doing Well” and after their brand new record deal with Modern Sky (they’re expected to release their forthcoming debut album later this year).
2. Vinyl Staircase – German Wings
This new Guildford group, Vinyl Staircase (pictured above), just released a new song called “German Wings” and it’s nothing short of epic. The track’s combination of calming, tender lyrics with its loud, distorted guitar climax make this band one of the most exciting, promising new groups in music today.
3. Isaac Gracie – Reverie
I thought this London singer-songwriter couldn’t possibly top the beauty and goosebump-inducing sound of his previous releases like “Last Words” and “Terrified”, but I couldn’t be more wrong. “Reverie” is everything you’d want in a ballad and more. Music for the soul.
4. Superfood – Double Dutch
The Birmingham band are back with a new track, which is expected to be taken from the follow-up to their 2014 debut album, Don’t Say That. The chill, sample-heavy track is smooth, feel-good, indie pop heaven.
5. Black Honey – Somebody Better
One of the best bands I’ve ever seen live are Brighton four-piece, Black Honey. They’re also one of the most consistently great new bands, churning out banging new singles like it’s nobody’s business, only adding to the immense anticipation of their debut album, which is expected to come out this year.
6. Otherkin – Bad Advice
If you’re nostalgic for all the classic 00’s rock bands like The Hives, The Strokes, and The White Stripes, you need to check out this Irish band called Otherkin and you need to do it ASAP. Though frustratingly short, “Bad Advice” may be their best tune yet.
7. Paul Weller – The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe
Legendary rock icon, Paul Weller, has made his first venture into the world of film soundtracks. Weller provided music for the new boxing flick, Jawbone, and the first cut we’ve heard is the sweet, folky, acoustic track, “The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe.”
8. The Proper Ornaments – Cremated (Blown Away)
The Proper Ornaments are the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames) and they’re back with a new album, Foxhole. It’s full of summery psych pop tunes with harmonious vocals that fans of Ride, The Byrds, and Teenage Fanclub will be very fond of.
9. The Amazons – Black Magic
Along with Black Honey, these rock juggernauts from Reading are known for constantly releasing hit single after hit single and with songs like “Black Magic”, it won’t be long until these guys will be selling out massive venues and bringing guitar music back into the charts.
10. Weird Milk – This Close
The debut single from London four-piece, Weird Milk, channels the baroque guitar pop sound of Scott Walker, The Last Shadow Puppets, and more recently, Fronteers, but according to the band’s drummer, Charlie Vaughan, the band had been listening to Martha And The Muffins’ “Echo Beach” when they wrote it. A really promising debut single.
11. Ride – Charm Assault
The essential shoegaze band, Ride, are back with their first new music in over 20 years and I couldn’t be more excited. The band’s first new song, “Charm Assault” is definitely a fitting title as it’s a fiery, punchy, monster of a track and its lyrics point fingers at the disgraceful state of the current UK government. The track will feature on the band’s comeback album, produced by Erol Alkan and set to be released this summer.
12. Bad Sounds – Meat On My Bones
The indie/funk/hip-hop band, Bad Sounds, are back with a new track and if this isn’t enough to make you want to move, then there’s no hope.
13. Neon Waltz – Perfect Frame
If it isn’t already blatantly obvious how great I think this band are, here’s another shout for the Scottish boys from way up north. Their new single, “Perfect Frame” is exactly what it sounds like: perfect.
14. Vant – Mess Around
Vant, punk rock four-piece, have just released their debut album, Dumb Blood, in February (which I reviewed here) and one of my favorite tracks from the record is actually a track that features on the deluxe edition, but not the standard LP. It’s called “Mess Around” and it bangs.
15. The Vryll Society – Sacred Flight
The Vryll Society are an exciting, new psych pop band from Liverpool. Their latest release, “Sacred Flight” is a trippy, melodic, hazy pop tune that will surely satisfy your craving for psych pop genius.
16. Splashh – Waiting A Lifetime
Fuzzy indie rockers, Splashh, are set to release a more punk-infused second album this April called Waiting A Lifetime. The video for the title track just came out and it nicely accompanies the chaotic, infectious, new tune.
17. Liberty Ship – Cast Away
The young, Sheffield rockers, Liberty Ship, have just released their new single “Cast Away” and fans of the band’s previous singles will definitely dig this one as well. It’s the kind of timeless, upbeat, rock and roll tune that’ll surely go down well with the summer festival crowds.
18. Cabbage – Gibraltar Ape
Cabbage are one of the greatest hopes for the new generation of punk. They’re ballsy, off the wall, unfiltered, eccentric, and there’s no topic deemed too taboo for their lyrics, which I absolutely love. Though this band are largely characterized by their lyrics, they’re musically tight as well and this new track is a good indication of that.
19. The Pale White – Reaction
The Pale White are a hotly-tipped new rock band from Newcastle and their songs are never short on loud guitars, mammoth drums, and big choruses. Their new single, “Reaction”, is another addition to their riff-tastic repertoire.
20. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Always Sad
The Jesus And Mary Chain, alt-rock veterans, are about to release their seventh studio album this year on March 24 called Damage And Joy. The band just released the second cut from the album (“Always Sad”) and despite the title, it’s far from a depressing tune. The upbeat track will bring a smile to your face, especially with the nice addition of female backing vocals.
21. Ride – Home Is A Feeling
As if one new Ride track wasn’t enough, about a day or two after releasing “Charm Assault”, the band put out another new track, “Home Is A Feeling” and it’s hard to say which track I like better. For hardcore shoegaze fans, they’ll probably prefer this slower, hazier, otherworldly track, “Home Is A Feeling”, especially because it wouldn’t sound out of place on the band’s classic debut record, Nowhere.
22. Free Money – The Song (Live)
Even though this track isn’t a finished studio version, I wanted to include it in this playlist because I think this band could be on the cusp of something big. Free Money are a new band from London and after the release of two singles, “Headful” and “What Did I Miss?”, this new track is another promising addition to the band’s arsenal.
23. Marsicans – Friends
Marsicans are a new indie pop/rock band from Leeds and their new track, “Friends” just received some serious praise from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and the band’s manager, Phil Harvey. The band’s sound is reminiscent of the infectious indie pop sound of Viola Beach and I hope to catch their set at Live At Leeds Festival this April.
24. Temples – Open Air
British psych pop giants, Temples, are back with their new album, Volcano, and although this time around, the band’s 60’s psych influences aren’t as evident as they were on their debut, Sun Structures, fans shouldn’t be disappointed. The album’s lyrics are more topical and the sound is more modern, but it’s just as infectious as before. One of my favorite cuts from the album is the colossal “Open Air.”
25. Keroscene – Our Time
London alternative/shoegaze/noise rockers, Keroscene returned with a brand new track and it may be their strongest to date. It has a soaring, gargantuan chorus with strong lead vocals and the song is filled with lots of epic, tension-building moments. The band’s sound is characterized by distorted guitars and this track is definitely no exception.