There’s been a lot of new bands who have popped up this year who could have big things in store for them next year. However, here are just six who I’m hotly tipping for a massive 2016…
This London trio has had the same effect this year as Wolf Alice did 2014. They reaffirmed the nation’s faith in rock’n’roll. And now Wolf Alice find themselves nominated for a Grammy. Could this be Yak this time next year? Why not?
Singles ‘Hungry Heart’ and ‘Plastic People’ earnt the band a support slot on Birmingham band Peace’s biggest ever headline tour- a tour which put a spotlight on the threesome almost as much as their rowdy headline gigs with their stage diving, crowd surfing and organ smashing. A ferocious cover version of ‘Cumberland Gap’ helped cement their place in DIY’s Class of 2016 and led to NME calling them ‘the most enthralling new band’.
The Madrid all-girl quartet impressed on their Glastonbury debut this summer following popular tracks like ‘Bamboo’ and ‘Trippy Gum’. While technically not a new band, with Ana Perrote and Carlotta Cosials forming ‘Deers’ in 2011. The band had to change their name to Hinds at the end of 2014 after threat of legal action from a similarly named band.
Hinds first made an appearance on the British indie scene when supporting the likes of The Libertines, The Vaccines and The Flaming Lips on UK tours. With their debut album scheduled for release in January 2016, it could be a big year for the Spaniards.
3. The Magic Gang
Brighton-based band The Magic Gang found support from NME and DIY this year after releasing slacker-indie tunes ‘No Fun’ and ‘Alright’. They have expanded their repertoire of material while touring with Swim Deep and being sent on a trip to Kingston’s Tuff Gong Studios by Converse Rubber Tracks.
Poppy track ‘Jasmine’ is the lead single of the four-pieces self-titled EP which came out on the 4th December. They recently ended their 2015 with a bang with a great headline tour, appearing in small venues all over the UK.
4. Spring King
This Manchester quartet have had a big year. From being selected by the BBC to represent new British music at the SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas in the summer to having their track ‘City’ bing the first song played on Apple’s Beats 1 radio station. They were also thrown in with the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and The Stone Roses by Spotify’s Sound of Manchester playlist. Supporting bands like Jaws and Spector, they’ve been hard to avoid this year.
Drummer and singer Tarek Musa is the engine of the band’s energetic and loud live performances. Indie rock tracks with a pop-punk sound like ‘Mumma’ and ‘Who Are You?’ could take 2016 by storm.
Possibly the strongest force out of these six new bands, Blossoms have taken the indie scene by storm this year. The Stockport fivesome have caught the attention of music fans across the UK- and the US this summer at SXSW- with their 60s psychedelia inspired indie rock and pop noir aesthetic. This certainly caught Wirral band the Coral’s James Skelly, who is currently recording their debut album which is due next summer.
The five-piece, who hold a places on the MTV Brand New list and the BBC Sound of 2016 list, new year will start with a bang with dates from January to March, including a sold-out headline show at Manchester’s 2,000 capacity Albert Hall. Their summer should be equally as busy with the release of their debut album in festival season. Watch this space.
6. Rat Boy
Chelmsford 19 year-old Jordan Cardy has been hard at work this year, making sure everyone has heard the name ‘Rat Boy’. Putting out 3 EPs, touring the UK and playing at small festivals, he’s been getting around. His riotous live shows have become indie folklore this year, with a Manchester house being named NME Gig of the Week.
The producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and rapper has been included in MTV’s Brand New list and made it onto the cover of DIY’s Class of 2016 issue. No doubt, there will lots of tour dates and festival appearances for Rat Boy in 2016. And having been signed to Parlophone Records a few months back, it can’t be long before we hear news of a debut album.