We reckon we’re pretty good at finding new bands. Over the past few years we’ve championed Turbowolf, Bastions, Wolves Like Us and loads more before the rest cottoned on. That’s why you probably want to know what new bands we liked the most in 2011.
Maybe some of them will go on to become your favourite band of 2012. Maybe you already love them and this just reinforces the fact that you’re awesome. (If so, come and join us.) Just give the bands a listen. They’re worth it.
Raziq Rauf – Muck
I saw Muck in a grotty biker bar their hometown of Reykjavik in October at my last night at Airwaves Festival. Their Converge-meets-Sonic Youth madness dragged me in immediately. I promptly found out everything I could about the Icelandic quartet quartet and was pleased they were the full package. They have great songs, the right attitude and an artistic element that all the best bands have. Hopefully we’ll see loads from them in 2012.
Hugh Platt – Old Gods
Just pipping Marmozets to the post for me is Old Gods. Fronted by Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist, Jeff Tuttle, Old Gods’ debut EP combines an ear for Iron Monkey-ish heaviness with a calculated sense of punk-rock urgency. While Old Gods will invariably only ever be a side-project, it’s proof that volume and discordance can still be powerful weapons – even if they’re applied sparingly – when used in the right way.
Tom Doyle – Marmozets
We were fortunate enough to catch Marmozets at Hevy Festival this year and were so taken with their Dillinger meets Paramore shenanigans that we immediately singled them out in our Future Hits section. With the stomping ‘Passive Aggressive’ EP already under their belt the future seems bright for these Yorkshire youngsters who look like they might be able to expand Rolo Tomassi’s girl fronted schizo-noise blueprint and take it overground thanks to some enormous melodies courtesy of hyper-versatile vocalist Becca MacIntyre. If they tour their arses off and can put out a good LP in 2012 we’re tipping this lot for really big things.
Matt Thomas – Marmozets
Matt had nothing to say about Marmozets other than he really likes them, so settled for taking this gallery. Reasonable.
Marmozets perform live in Liverpool O2 Academy on 15th December 2011 © Matt Thomas
Jon Kerr – ††† (aka Crosses)
This has been a low-key side project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far). The pair have been tinkering with lots of material and released the first of a series of EPs this summer – available as a free download. Every song is gorgeous. It’s still unknown what may spring from the project (an album? a tour?) but the initial signs are very positive.
Amit Sharma – Vallenfyre
Paul Caudell – Goodtime Boys
They melted my face right off when I saw them at The Unicorn in Camden for the first time, their latest release did no less damage to my ears. These guys renew my hope in the UK hardcore scene for 2012.
Andy Parker – Veils
Expect a grim array of sweater merchandise next year but for a band barely 12months old, veils have taken the do it your fucking self attitude that is greatly needed in uk music and jettisonned themselves into ones to watch territory.
Well it seems that Marmozets are the band on most of our lips. Well, more than one of our lips, at least. They are awesome, so that’s perfectly reasonable. What was YOUR favourite new band of 2011? Tell us below!