2018 We’re Expecting You

 

Who to look out for this year!

Stereo Honey

The growing popularity of Stereo Honey comes by no surprise. Their indie rock modulations that express pensive sadness has clearly touched the hearts and minds of many, their music is very easy to listen too. With a similar sound to Wild Beasts the London-based foursome have just released ‘Monument’ an EP that they’ll be performing songs from in upcoming shows and festivals. Including Great Escape Festival and the Neighbourhood Weekender alongside the likes of The Courteeners and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Watch this space!

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Black Honey

The Brighton based indie foursome have actually been around for some years, very under the radar, just the way they like it according to lead vocalist Izzy Baxtar “If it was my way we’d still be a secret band”. However, their songs are too good to be kept in the dark. The band released two EP’s in 2017 ‘Somebody Better’ and ‘Dig’ and have been touring and supporting Royal Blood across Europe, including dates at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and London’s Ally Pally. The frontwoman quotes that she feels “like [she’s] really coming into [her] own with a new direction concerning hip-hop drums,” citing Canadian documentary ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’ as one particular influence. The latest single ‘Dig’ which honours the last moments of a relationship before everything falls apart has been a great hit across mass audiences of indie fans. You can catch the band in the UK this June at the huge Finsbury Park.

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 Isaac Gracie

Not only 2018 but if this kid can put his worries aside he could take the up-coming years by storm. His acoustic work is addictive to listen to, it has that head-bobbing, foot-tapping thing going on. In his 2017 EP ‘The Death OF You AND I’ in particular the song ‘Since the Death of You and I’, takes on more rocky riffs in between melodic versus. It really takes you by surprise. For an awkward anxiety riddled artist the talent seems to pour out of his lyrics. In a previous interview with NME they quoted Gracie to [be causing the biggest ruckus the UK’s music scene has witnessed yet]. After the release of ‘Terrified’ in November Isaac is jumping into 2018 with European dates. The long-haired bedroom-songwriter will be back in the UK on 27th January.

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 Brooke Bentham

21-year-old Brooke Bentham was popping up in all places during 2017. Talk about breaking the festival scene, the singer-song writer performed songs from her debut album ‘The Room Swayed’ at the likes of Latitude, Reading and Leeds and Green Man. Listening to her music you almost feel a blanket of sadness cover you as she brings heaps of emotion to light in the songs ‘If I Was Dead’ and ‘Have to Be Around You’ Her lyrics seem to be ahead of her times, almost as if a wise woman with words of wisdom has spoken. It’s easy to forget that’s she’s only just entered her twenties. Bentham has a Northern Soul about her, being from just outside Newcastle and I personally think this adds to the sentiment of her symphonies. Brookes music is a classic mix of alternative rock mixed with Angel Olsen moody vocals. After releasing ‘Loosing Baby’ in October you can look forward to a tour kicking off late January.

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Yonaka

The band who describes themselves as ‘dark alt pop with heavy riffs’ who supported Drenge throughout 2017 has four up-coming UK dates starting this month! The four-piece from Brighton dropped their EP ‘Heavy’ in October and with their mix of rock, hip-hop and pop, their songs have aspects that most people would enjoy. The band is building a reputation of having incredible live shows that are oozing with energy.

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Sam Fender

I think Fender has managed to fill a gap in the indie music scene as you can forget about love songs. His material includes topics such as government issues, fake news and harassment. His self-released single ‘Play God’ entered the market in early 2017 and the best thing about the single is that it was recorded in his own garden shed… you’d never know. Sam Fender clearly understood that any show is worth a shot and after gigging in local pubs, he ended up supporting the likes of Hozier and Catfish And The Bottlemen. Later in 2017 he released the single ‘Millennial’, I’m pretty sure millennials can relate to this song on many levels, it’s a response to the media’s negative portrayal of youngster in this century. Expect more brilliant songs from this 21-year-old as Barny Barnicott (previoulsy worked with Arctic Monkeys) has been mixing his music and oh how radio-ready it is!

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