1. Psycho Comedy
Psycho Comedy (pictured above) are a psychedelic, experimental punk band from Liverpool, UK. Their latest single, “One” came out last year and recalls the gritty rock and roll sound of The Rolling Stones while their previous song, “I’m Numb” wouldn’t sound out of place on The Velvet Underground & Nico. The band are set to release their next single, “The Hangman” / “Michigan State”, at a release show in Liverpool on July 29.
2. Strange Cages
Strange Cages are a garage/punk band from Brighton, UK. Their newest release was a six-track EP called The Cracks, which came out this month. Highlights include the title track, which brings to mind bands like The Cramps and The Blinders. Then, there’s the dark, menacing “Leader Of a Cult” and the rest of the EP even has some surf rock and krautrock thrown in for good measure.
3. Joy Room
Joy Room are a four-piece rock band from London and their latest single, “What’s Your Number?” was put out as an exclusive 7″ by Flying Vinyl. The single is a cool, bluesy, garage rock tune with a killer chorus spat out with some serious swagger and conviction. Plus, the b-side, “Down” is just as good, if not better. “Down” already sounds like a stone-cold classic as it slows things down a bit while bringing back the infectious, nostalgic sound of all your favorite UK 00’s indie bands.
4. King Nun
King Nun are a four-piece garage rock band from London and they’re signed to Dirty Hit Records (Wolf Alice, The Japanese House). They’ve released two singles, “Hung Around” / “Sponge” and “Tulip” / “Speakerface” with both drawing praise from NME, Dork, DIY, and Clash. “Hung Around” is my favorite track of the bunch with its sleazy, in-your-face White Stripes-esque guitars and Cage The Elephant-esque vocals. The band are also set to support Inheaven on their upcoming UK headline tour.
5. Half Loon
Half Loon are a psychedelic, art pop band from London and their latest single “The Quip Class” came out in March. The single is part of the band’s new EP, Thank You For Leaving, which came out this week. “The Quip Class” is much deeper than your typical pop song. The song’s charismatic, wonky pop vocals, surrealist lyrics, Kinks-esque guitars, and overall ambience makes for a compelling track and an equally compelling accompanying music video.
6. Avalanche Party
Avalanche Party are a garage/punk band from North Yorkshire Moors, UK. They’ve played shows with the likes of Happy Mondays, Palma Violets, Vant, Public Enemy, and more and their snarling latest single “I’m So Wet” was recently put out by Clue Records. My favorite song of theirs is a track called “Revolution”, which came from their 2015 debut EP, The Avalanche Party EP and it has everything you’d want in a punk song: punchy, bouncing drums, gargantuan guitar riffs, an equally enticing guitar solo, and commanding lead vocals with a frontman calling for a revolution.
Fuss are a young, experimental psych pop band from Liverpool, UK. Their latest single, “Human Music” came out three months ago, however, it’s one of their earlier tracks, which came out last year, “Mother Nature”, that was my introduction to the band and it completely stopped me in my tracks. The trippy, psychedelic pop track has the most ethereal keyboards you’ve ever heard along with hazy, calming lead vocals that just gently hover over the track, which results in chilled-out psych pop bliss. Fans of keyboard-heavy bands like Palm Honey and just fans of great psych pop in general will love these guys.
Carnivals are a four-piece psychedelic pop/rock band from South London. Despite, their debut track, “City Of Skulls” being their only release, it’s already enough to get excited about them. The song is just classic 60’s psych rock and it’s as if Jim Morrison came back to sing lead vocals and David Gilmour joined him on lead guitar. They’ve played alongside bands like The Enemy, The Vryll Society, Half Loon (mentioned above), The Sundowners, Cut Glass Kings (click here to read my interview), and more and they’re definitely a band to keep on your radar.
Bloxx are a four-piece pop/rock band from London who, despite only releasing two tracks (“One” and “Your Girlfriend”), already received radio support from BBC Radio 1 and just supported The Wombats for their recent huge anniversary shows. “You” is my favorite of the two and its juxtaposition of grungey, noisy guitars with sweet, mellow lead vocals makes for an great indie rock tune. I saw the band live supporting Sundara Karma for their Slacker Night gig at Kamio a few months ago and still remember thinking how strong all the songs in their set were. Along with King Nun (mentioned above) and Otherkin (more on these boys soon), they’re also due to support Inheaven on their upcoming UK headline tour.
10. Bloody Death
As recommended to me by Honey Lung’s Jamie Batten, Bloody Death are an alternative rock band from Brighton, UK. Bloody Death is the solo project of Ted Foster who writes and records all of the band’s music. They just released a new EP, Rock On Aged, via Hanger Records and the song that caught my ear was a track called “Last.” The track brings to mind bands like Car Seat Headrest and its tender, naive alternative rock sound will always have a place in the hearts of teenagers.
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