2016 has been a huge year for new music. Despite losing Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees, we’ve been lucky enough to have countless incredible bands keeping us going. Debut albums from Black Foxxes and Let’s Eat Grandma have proved there is promise for the future, while The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club returned with a huge new sound.
Here are my top 5 picks of who to look out for in 2017;
Who: Sundara Karma - Oscar, Haydn, Ally and Dom.
Sundara Karma have had huge success in 2016. The release of EP II provided one of my favourite EP’s of the year. Four incredible tracks, including a collaboration with the amazing Marika Hackman.
Reading & Leeds Festival saw the four piece play main stage at their local festival, a huge achievement for such a new band. None the less, they pulled off a great performance, easily worthy of such a huge stage. Their headline tours were a huge success, with mostly sold out shows and a slot on the BBC Presents tour in the US they’ve proved themselves as ones to watch for 2017.
Debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect is released on Jan 6th.
Who: The Amazons - Matt, Chris, Elliot and Joe.
The Amazons are another Reading four piece with huge promise. Latest single Little Something debuted on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, and deservedly so. It’s a huge track packed with riffs, yet heavier and darker than earlier releases.
Live, they’ve put together a show deserving of big stages and wild crowds. They’re a real rock n roll band and it’s easy to see they’re on the cusp of something huge.
The Amazons head out on tour in March - Tickets
Who: Black Honey - Izzy, Chris, Tommy and Tom.
Brighton’s Black Honey spent most of 2015 under the radar, an exciting and secretive band with little online presence, they put out a phone number for fans to chat and ask questions and their music was available at live shows only. However 2016 has seen them explode, huge tours with Slaves and Ash, and their very own headline tour has got everyone talking.
Their headline show at Manchester’s Deaf Institute left me almost speechless. Izzy is the perfect front woman, her energy is contagious, capable of making even the most difficult of crowds move. Their live show is aesthetically pleasing and I think I can safely say that Black Honey played one of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time.
Who: Dream Wife - Rakel, Alice and Bella.
London based Dream Wife formed in Brighton as a performance art piece, with the project being so successful that the girls went on to sign with Enfer Records. Throughout 2016 the three girls have been playing energetic and exciting live shows, including a tour with Black Honey, a slot on the DIY Presents stage at Liverpool Music Week and a variety of festivals.
A Dream Wife live show is exciting and endearing, Rakel bounces around the stage with a sweet smile on her face as she sings lyrics such as “gonna fuck you up, gonna cut you up”, these are the kind of girls who make you want to join a girl gang. They’re a refreshing mix of sweet and sassy, filled with girl power.
Dream Wife play the DIY Hello 2017 tour in January. - Tickets
Who: Twin Wild - Richard, David, Edward and Imran.
Having toured with Nothing But Thieves in early 2015, Twin Wild secured a small, dedicated fanbase early in their career. I’ve been very excited about this band for a long time, early releases Another Stranger and Fears are proof of their potential. Infectious lyrics and packed with riffs sounds almost too good to be true for a band at this stage.
2016 has been quiet as the band have been working on new material following their signing with PIAS, yet new EP My Heart was well received, it shows an exciting, heavier side to Twin Wild than we have previously seen, proving that 2017 will be a big year for the band.
Twin Wild play their first headline tour in March - Tickets