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!
Bamily are an indie-pop four-piece based out of Brixton, London. The band draws influence from disco, hip-hop and soul to create music that blurs genre lines, reminiscent of early Tame Impala. Bamily are known for their vibrant live DJ sets, layering live percussion, beat samples and vinyl to create upbeat, sample-infused indie music. If you listen through Bamily’s repertoire you can hear the spectrum of their influences however, they have managed to blend genres to make each song sound effortlessly smooth.
Their latest EP Family With A B has strong soul sensibilities but you can still hear the distinct psychedelic-meets-shoegaze-meets-indie-rock sound that makes this band so great. I recommend kicking off your Bamily listening party (it’s a party) with their banger ‘Katata’. ‘Katata’ instantly grabbed my attention with it’s infectious hook and from then on there was no looking back. Bamily have been making the most of isolation and have gifted us with some great covers including Tame Impala, Massive Attack and The Weeknd. Check out their YouTube page for more. Watch the video for ‘Katata’ below.
King No-One creates indie-pop music with an industrial vibe, comparable to the USS or Twenty One Pilots but with a little more edge. Although the band have been releasing music for six years, their two newest singles ‘Not Willing To Sacrifice My Life’ and ‘Roll of the Dice’ show a level of maturity and individuality that isn’t as recognizable in their earlier releases. The band have established themselves as a “must see live” act, emerging from their humble beginnings in Yorkshire to play headline shows across the UK, selling out 8,000+ tickets over two tours, every year. I’d put my money on 2020/21 (pending COVID restrictions) being the year that King No-One finally breaks out of the UK scene to show the world what they’re all about.
‘Not Willing To Sacrifice My Life’ immediately caught my attention with it’s bold a cappella opening, followed by a short, sharp riff that builds up to a belting chorus. The band’s new single ‘Roll Of The Dice’ follows a similar formula and is immediately ear catching, starting with harmonized vocals before kicking it up a notch with a heavy beat, fuzzy guitars and snappy riff. If you want the full King No-One experience check out the video for ‘Not Willing To Sacrifice My Life’ below.
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West
If you blended the Arctic Monkeys, political activism, a poet and a Glaswegian accent into one you would come up with Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. Declan Welsh is a songwriter and poet from Glasgow who, with the help of his band The Decadent West, creates bold, poetic indie-rock. Although this band isn’t breaking new ground, they make music that has guts enough to stand out in an already saturated market.
‘Times’ is the latest single off the band’s debut LP Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold . It’s a banger that features tried and true indie-rock staples; a heavy beat, thrashing guitars and a simple but catchy melody. ‘As I Am’ was released alongside ‘Times’ and is a beautifully stripped-back acoustic number which showcases Welsh’s lyric writing capabilities; “Every night without you ends up feeling like a year; And every mile I travel has me wishing you were near”. Definitely give it a listen but maybe not if you’re feeling heartbroken. Is Declan Welsh & The Decadent West the new Arctic Monkeys? Only time will tell! Take a listen to their new single ‘Times’ below.
Often indie bands are hesitant to identify themselves as ‘pop’ but SPINN 100% own it and have crafted their own brand of indie-rock turned dream-pop that makes them stand out from the rest. The Liverpool-based quartet garnered huge attention in 2019 with a string of single releases leading up to their debut self-titled album. The album is based on frontman Johnny Quinn’s personal experiences, including teenage anxiety, falling in love and the fine line between your public and private self, making SPINN’s music all the more relatable.
The band’s newest single ‘Stuck On A Feeling’ can be summed up in one word: sunny. It’s the perfect soundtrack to summer, with an infectious chorus, bright melody and jangling guitars that would bring anyone out of a stupor. The video for ‘Stuck On A Feeling’ was shot at 02 Academy in Liverpool, the final show of SPINN’s 2019 headline tour. In the words of the band, “There was so much love in that room on that night and we’re really missing playing to you live. We feel that this video captures what the band and the experience we bring is all about.” Check it out below!
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