The BBC Sound of 2014 has now been rendered worthless because of its leaning towards all mainstream teenage pop acts. Phooey. Thus leaving me to tell you what bands to look out for in this gloriously cold new year.
Before we look forward, let's look back at the five bands I spotlighted last year. Public Service Broadcasting and Jagwar Ma did make their way to the U.S. -- the later's show selling out and warranting a return trip last month. Stubborn Heart was a band I had to travel to London to see, and it was quite glorious. Plantman was stagnant for 2013. My No. 1, Society, reemerged with another specular single, "14 Hours", while still remaining an enigma.
5. Hawk House -- The London hip hop duo will make you a believer faster than you can say, "Did the Fugees reunite?" Featuring smoothed out jazz, minimal beats and intricate rhymes, Hawk House are welcome return when rap was about making a statement about society.
4. The Wytches -- This is one of those bands where you hear a few notes of a song, and you know instantly what they are going to be about. With those Cramps like zombie rock chords and a heavy dose of major psych rock, Brighton trio the Wytches will soundtrack you 60s/70s Hammer horror pictures supercut.
3. MONEY -- This four piece are from Manchester, UK. Their music has a rich power of melancholy. Like previous up-and-comers Wu Lyf, they pour every once of their being into each tune, making such is soars with emotion and then brings you down to earth. I picked up their debut album and was impressed with its construction and willingness to go over the top
2. The Strypes -- Already a big deal in the UK, the stylish Irish lads make no apologies about their sound or look. The Yardbirds, early Stones and The Animals are i the mix when they breathlessly rock through their debut album, Snapshot. In their teens, they've already played arena gigs with Arctic Monkeys and Muse.
1. Wolf Alice -- I'm not going to rest until everybody listens to a tracks from them. The mix of rock fortitude and quiet reflection is potent, and having thinking that this is what Silversun Pickups should sound like. With Ellie Rowsell's vocals, the band has made a major impression of me.