New & Noteworthy is a weekly CFOX feature showcasing rock, indie and alternative bands and musicians on the rise. We want to share our love of music with you and give exposure to some of the best up-and-comers in rock music. Check out this week’s roundup of New & Noteworthy acts below!
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Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard is quickly becoming one of the UK’s hottest up-and-coming bands. Hailing from Barry and Cardiff, they are Tom Reese (vocals/guitar), Ed Reese (bass), Zac White (guitar) and Ethan Hurst (drums). What began as a bedroom studio project for frontman Tom Reese in late 2016 is gaining huge momentum of late, with their new single ‘Hollywood Actors’ being featured as the BBC Music Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1, as well as the band playing SXSW (digitally), supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and touring with Miles Kane.
‘Hollywood Actors’ is the newest single from the denim-clad four-piece. Inspired by 70s glam rock and a fascination with the façade of Hollywood actors, Reece describes it as the most ‘rock’ song he’s ever written. Complete with heavy riffs and dramatic guitar, the song has the essence of original glam rock with a refreshing contemporary makeover.
From all reports Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard put on a killer live show, being described as a ‘fantastic force of nature’ and ‘insatiably wild’. Here’s hoping they make their way over to Canada when the borders open up! Their new EP ‘Non-Stop’ will be coming out on July 10th via Communication. Check out the music video for ‘Hollywood Actors’ below.
BIG TIME is the side project of DMA’s guitarist Johnny Took and his brother Matty, the lead guitarist of PLANET. The Australian duo have been around since 2017 but officially launched the band in April of this year with their debut single ‘It’s You’. Self-described as ‘fuzzed out pop rock’, if BIG TIME follows a similar projection to the brothers’ other bands they’re headed towards big things.
With its layered guitars, catchy hook and uncomplicated rhythm, ‘It’s You’ is reminiscent of 90s Britpop akin to Oasis and The Verve. Took explained in a press statement that it’s the tale of “two people who think they want each other, but whose relationship is kinda just fuelled by drugs and sex”.
The video for ‘It’s You’ is a fun, one-shot clip, directed by Australian cinematographer Tyson Perkens. “Watch me get dressed, party with my mates and make a video clip all in one shot for our new ‘BIG TIME’ single ‘It’s You’,” tweeted Took alongside the video release. Check out their debut single and video below.
The Mysterines make rock music and they’re damn good at it. The band has been gaining momentum over the past year, having sold out their first ever UK headline tour, playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival and supporting the likes of Royal Blood, Sea Girls and The Amazons. The Liverpool natives have a sound to be reckoned with and are honing it with each new release, taking the essential elements of grunge and pairing it with pounding rock vocals to create raw, no-bulls**t music.
Their new single ‘I Win Every Time’ really packs a punch and if the video clip is anything to go off of, they’ve got attitude to boot. Frontwoman Lia Metcalfe’s vocals have enough vigor and guts that there’s no way in hell she could be drowned out by the heavy riffs and distorted guitars. This, along with her impressive vocal range, allows her to hold her own alongside the greats like Joan Jett and Janis Joplin. The video was shot during isolation and really encapsulates the insanity many of us were feeling in the lockdown era. Check it out in all its hellish glory below.
Josh Vine came onto the scene in 2018 with the release of his debut single ‘Lost In The City’. Since then, Vine has released a string of singles but is yet to come out with an EP or album. With just under 500 monthly Spotify listeners (on June 4th, 2020) and very little info online, Vine is definitely still establishing a presence but the soaring vocals and musical soundscapes resounding in each song make him a worthwhile addition to this weeks’ list of up-and-comers.
His most recent release (albeit it not that recent) ‘Alright’ shows that Vine knows what kind of music he wants to make and is working to perfect it. The ethereal vocals, lyrical depth and simple yet captivating riff make it a tune worth listening to. Check it out below.
Josh Vine’s new single ‘How Many Times’ was featured on BBC Introducing last week and will be officially released on June 12th.
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