In The City Unsigned (ITC), UK A&R. 12 British bands that are getting all the attention. And yes, we’re missing a few. Please comment. Here’s where the buzz is:
Newbury UK 5 piece Godwits. A more robust Thom Yorke? Polished, hi-fi, acoustic meets power pop. “Winter Coats” is a real delight for falsetto fans (picture to right).
Glasgow, Scotland electronic four piece Nut Bros. ROTD board suggests they have a major label offer in. By the way, is Calvin Harris doing well in the States? Is this music relevant in North America. Do the Brits know something we don’t?
Electro pop rock Liverpool kids Elle s’appelle. They’re like Stereolab on uppers.
Irish new wavers The Flaws. This is for fans of The Killers, Interpol. They record with producer Gareth Mannix (Republic Of Loose, Delorentos).
The Moths! from London. They’re signed to publishing and managed by Crown Music.
Sergeant from Glenrothes, UK. Pleasant, acoustic, youthful. At first impression they’re harmless with no distinct kicker.
Sam Isaac. Melodic, light, pseudo-emo as in Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. Marsha Shandur manages them and also works at Xfm radio. ROTD suggests he’s signed for a single.
London nu-folk indie band Noah and the Whale.
Leeds indie band Sky Larkin. On tour with Los Campesinos, they’re a mix of disco rock and Bjork? They’ve played with lots of bands including The Gossip, Broken Social Scene, The Organ, Forward Russia, Howling Bells, 1990s.
Alan Pownall. Unremarkable yet poignant songwriting if that’s possible. Sounds like Jack Johnson Brit style. He’s simply not a very good vocalist.
The Slips. Again with the electronic infatuation. It’s been intimated on ROTD that they’re in cahoots with Virgin Records/EMI. Unconfirmed.
Manchester classic rock throwback Twisted Wheel.