So continuing on from my little chat with Summer Camp, here’s who else to keep an eye on this year.
2. This Many Boyfriends.
Hailing from Gods own country Yorkshire, This Many Boyfriends make blissfull indie-pop. Having already released an EP called “Getting A Life With …” their catchy tunes created a great deal of interest in the band. An extra special version of the EP is available, including a fanzine, badge and sticker set and a CD version, keeping the twee indie spirit well and truly alive. With a free download of their song “I Don’t Like You (‘Cos You Don’t Like The Pastels)” available on their site, this indie name-dropping tune is sure to have you hooked!
Head over to http://www.thismanyboyfriends.com for more.
3. Miles Kane.
You may recognise the name but this year Miles Kane is back as a solo artist ready to prove the doubters wrong. As one half of The Last Shadow Puppets with Alex Turner, and his past in bands such as The Little Flames and The Rascals, the Liverpool lad debuted his new sound with first single “Inhaler”. Combing Sixties sounds with modern production, Miles is revitalising the indie landscape. And if you like what you hear, he’s going to be playing PURE in Sunderland in March.
Check out http://www.mileskane.com for tour dates and tracks.
4. The Vaccines.
Included, and slightly lauded over in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll. Their lo-fi scuzz pop has divided opinion, but take a listen to the single “Post Break-Up Sex” and judge for yourself.
Placed at number 3 in the BBC’s top 5 and backed by the NME, 2001 looks set to be The Vaccines year, with an album to be released shortly and a slot on the NME New Noise tour with Crystal Castles.
5. Dutch Uncles.
Manchester’s finest, touted as many as the next big things, Dutch Uncles will appeal universally, with influences ranging from The Smiths to XTC. With perfect pop songs including singles “The Ink” and ‘Fragrant”, an album is set to be released later this year. And to celebrate this they’re heading to Sunderland, playing at Bar Pure on the 27th February.
To hear more, check out http://www.dutchuncles.co.uk/