Vigilante- Doing a bursting of the schlock rocknroll bubble most effectively whilst still rocking out with aplomb, Vigilante land somewhere between Spinal Tap and Queens Of The Stone Age....Driven Overboard-Kick ass screamo hardcorisms with a sludge metal twist, very Cancer Bats, with a slight We Are The Ocean-like emo feel, some intros bring Lard to mind - without Jello's vox obviously, and they got something from hardcore punk territory a la Refused and Gallows as well. Brilliant! Supanaut- Punk metal with a raw garagey sound, played with loads of conviction, coming on like a metal version of Black Flag in places.Warning-Power trio from Tyneside. Like a squally punky attack on Led Zep. Plenty of anger and energy and some great interplay. Ship Of Gold- slinky slide guitar and steel strung bluesology exploding into very fetching grunge hinged alt rock with an ever rippling vein of da blues. Fantastic singing form the female vocalist too.
Classic Plastic-clean limbed young Brighton indie pop happening sonically similar to Franz Ferdinand but with a far more appealing end product that echoes The Strokes, a bit of Tim Charlatan in the vocal, some Beatlepop and a hint of other retroness indicated by their pointy boots- but overall this is fresh and now sounding.The Monty Hall Problem-Scottish alt rockers with some powerful guitar work and piping oddball keys. Incomes the vocal and it's pure Ian Hunter. Some SAHB, Steve Harley and Clash in here too, decent.Paint Happy-rappy rock delivery on the vocal, a more standard indie rock musically albeit via some old baggy beats. Bits of N*E*R*D, RHCP and strangely The Velvet Underground (guitar sound/delivery)- a combo that works quite well, not least of all coz the tune is a good un ('Running With My Eyes Closed')The Lad And The Others- Britpop meets indie rock somewhere between Oasis and The Stone Roses. A pretty polished performance and there's some memorable hooks. 2 Tone Red- Nice naive guitar parts and a fairly characterful lead female vocal strongly put forward. Some slinky blues tinged backing that has bits of Pink Floyd as much as heavier more contemporary touches from RHCP to The White Stripes and the lovely Hendrix like tones of the lead guitar....yeah, groovy.
Bastile Day spesh! The JFK's- Alternative-pop, with elements from many hrd rocking but commercially tinged ares of rocknroll music. All the choruses in all the songs are of the same singalong qulaity, and they sound a little like 30 Seconds To Mars. Bad ass choruses followed thru with good creative verses. This band could do something...from Paris. The Comet Line-'80's English indie rock, think The Smiths, The Cure and The Stranglers and you're there. Really really good. Nice melodies, nice tunes, great songcraft. Fools Knowledge- a 2nd hand Kinks riff, a powerpop retro vocal to match and a perky little effort all round...'dynamic retro'..sounds about right, neat band, neat as you could wish. Mark Joseph-nice soulful voice and a massive stadium filling sound, highly accomplished singer sogwriter with some pretty anthemic tunes and classy arrangements with a possible nod to Oasis or Stereophonics.
The Dropper's Neck- The Dropper's Neck are a five-piece band from Essex formed in late 2011. Their brand of alternative rock has been compared to many artists and styles of music. Combining a raw garage rock sound with elements of punk and rockabilly/psychobilly, comparisons range from 60s/70s punk pioneers The Stooges, The Cramps and Misfits through to more modern acts such as The Eighties B-Line Matchbox Disaster, Gallows and Pulled Apart By Horses. The guys have, however, honed in on their own unique sound with pounding strong bass and guitar riffs, awesome noisy guitar solos, powerful lyrics delivered by deep harmonic vocals and chaotic growling and screaming. Splinter Group- Ex Junkyard choir mob joyfully style themselves thus...' the clash meets nirvana in a car-park boxing ring whilst the city suffers from a blackout"!! Topanga-Oddball toytown keyboard refrains, flatulent bass and boppy riddims before a riot grrrl shouty chick steps up -the keys get atonal and weirder and all in all it's great stuff- Melt Banana meets Ut meets Huggy Bear - the keys really lift things coming in like cut price Can via Craig Scanlon's work on The Man Whose Head Expanded...like this very much. 'Our influences are Sonic Youth, Flipper, Fang, Radiohead, Madensuyu, Pissed Jeans, Beasty Boys. We're offering non-conventional melodic noise pop -hard & soft- where the organ often plays a prominent role. Belgians....Paper Cages- doe
eyed Feeder/Snow Patrol shaped work.. they get up and knock out a bit of
rocking romp a bit in the style of Athlete via The Manics. The Frequency-A distillation of brit pop over the last 20 years or so especially stereophonics and the rockier end of Oasis, but played in an incisive Foo Fighters style, nice melodies, harmonies and tunage
Old Rock City Orchestra- jazz rock proggers outta Italy...female singer, metal guitar, jazz drums, blimey... Pentangle meets Jethro Tull meets Colliseum meets Lizard era King Crimson meets Kate Bush.. I may just drop a window pane. Lilium-Some more alt rock here. Groovy Santana meets Eric Clapton meets BB KIng-type guitar work combined with somewhat grungy vox of the Temple of the Dog/Soundgarden school The Kontours- Spirited if arch hard edged indie rock with a raspy edge of damaged Lennon meets Noddy vocal- though more angsty and post punk sounding. Squally guitar based bass heavy alt indie with one foot in the Brit Rock camp, another in the Stooges area. Some nice touches with the call and response vox/melodies and it certainly has balls. Short Stories- epic emoting progressive indie stuff...The Verve, The Cure maybe even Yes- then again they have a bit of an Arcade Fire meets Elbow thing too...hmmmm..done with feeling and full of ideas....