There’s always a difficult job trying to predict which bands are going to have a massive year. Some flop, some fly, and some appear from nowhere and take the world by storm. We had a hit and miss time of it last January, so here’s the attempt for 2015…
This one may seem a tad obvious, but TCOV favourite Frank Turner shocked the musical world by trading blow for blow with Canadian heart throb Michael Bublé for the #1 album slot two years ago, and 5th album Tape Deck Heart lead to the singer-songwriter playing an arena tour and gaining a large extension to his already swelling fanbase. Turner has described his upcoming 6th album as a “positive punk record”, and was recording in Nashville before Christmas. We’re backing it to take him from strength to strength, 2015 could be Turner’s year.
The Leeds based ‘supergroup’ formed last year, released a debut EP on Alcopop! Records, and went on to make audiences around the country their bitch at festivals as well as on tour with bands like Decade. The four of them are the best of mates, and it shows in their performances. With backgrounds in bands such as Dinosaur Pile-Up and Castrovalva these guys are bound to bless us with an epic full-length release in 2015.
The garage rock two piece from Brighton had a huge 2014, with their debut album going to number 1 in the UK and selling over 150,000 copies. They played on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds last year, but have already been announced for both Coachella and The NYC Governer’s Ball for this year and are bound to be billed high at some UK festivals in the coming summer. On top of that, they’re supporting their heroes Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium in June. Big time.
The band that have been compared with Hole and The Joy Formidable are set to make 2015 their best yet and after being longlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2015 the folk/grunge crossovers have the world at their feet. With their biggest gig to date on the horizon, a support slot for Alt-J at the O2 Arena, their fanbase is sure to expand especially if they continue to produce tunes akin to those on their Creature Songs EP.
Another noisy two piece, Slaves combine riff-tastic grunge with rockabilly at make music for the mosh pit. Signing to Virgin EMI last year gave the band the recognition they deserve after cutting their teeth at tiny venues all over the UK, and they’re about to head off on the NME Awards Tour to wow crowds at academy venues nationwide.
Not much is known about new skate punks Wraths – the group made up of Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg, Steve McCall from 1208, Chris Kranes from The Darlings and an unknown drummer named Drew have just released their debut self titled EP and it’s electric. What is to come from the band is uncertain, but the EP is excellent and hopefully they play some shows and get out there.
The singer-songwriter from Swindon has carved out a niche for himself in the local area over the past few years as an entertaining acoustic solo act, and his first album The Good Times (recorded with a select few friends and fellow musicians) is an excellent effort and one that would undoubtedly be celebrated far and wide if it had been brought to attention by Dylan wannabe Bugg or folky warbler Passenger. Jimmy Moore could be, and should be, a name you hear a lot of in 2015.
Another act local to TCOV, pop-punkers With Ghosts also hail from Swindon and are about to release their debut EP (we’ve heard it, and it’s ace!). With the market for bands of this so saturated, you have to be something special to break through, and we reckon that With Ghosts have got what it takes.
The Chew Toys
Part of the ultra-underground LA “queercore” scene, the married duo of Jay Tag (drums) and Kevin Dickenson (guitar) play like they’re drunk at a bar. They sing about Quaalude’s and dumb sex, and love having a laugh on stage. They’re recording a new EP and playing loads of shows – if you’re into your obscure punk then these are worth keeping an eye on.
The 3 piece from Blackpool were cleaners at a school before the band kicked off, and have since gone on to gain plaudits from the likes of Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton. Working with the producer of some of London Grammar’s and Florence + The Machine’s biggest hits, big things are expected of Darlia having been compared to bands like Nirvana, Stereophonics and Oasis, high praise indeed.
After interviewing Brawlers frontman Harry George Johns (full article here) last year and asking him if there was anyone we should be keeping an eye on, he responded with “Allusondrugs are ace, they have a new song out called ‘Nervous’ its great.” Great indeed Harry, and Allusondrugs are set to build on a successful 2014 which saw them open for Marmozets and Lonely The Brave, play Reading & Leeds and release a self titled EP. With clear 90s influences, the 5 piece from Leeds are being championed by BBC Introducing and are sure to gain some big festival slots due to that. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
As It Is
Becoming the first UK band to sign to Fearless Records should tell you that Brighton pop-punkers are the real deal, and their most recent EP “This Mind Of Mine” is concrete evidence of that. This record deal should give them the backing to really make themselves a force to be reckoned with, and they’re bound to go down a storm on Warped Tour this year.
The self-styled “monster punks” combine hardcore drumming with a really clean melodic sound, and their debut EP is enough to tell us that we need to hear more from the Southampton five piece. A full length release is due this year, and they’re just heading off on tour with Funeral For A Friend. Ace.
A new band with no unheard of members; No Devotion is made up of vocalist Geoff Rickley (Thursday) and the remainder of the band rising from the ashes of Lostprophets. Post-hardcore with a glam-punk tinge, these guys are set for big things and a fresh start in 2015 with a full length release on the way.
This band shouldn’t be a new name to anyone reading this article, as they’ve been around the scene for a few years now with their emotionally charged pop-punk drawing crowds nationwide. Their latest EP “Driftwood” is a step up in their game however, and bodes well for their full length debut which is anticipated for this year. Starting off the year on tour with Moose Blood is an excellent bonus, too.
The Real McKenzies
My favourite celtic punk band that aren’t Dropkick Murphys, this Canadian Scottish outfit are set to release another full length album in 2015 and I’m absolutely stoked about that fact. Nothing new, nothing fresh, but some of the best music you’ll hear this year.