Five rising bands to watch in 2016


Telegram have been mooching about the London scene for a good few years now but next month the band will finally release their debut album. They’ve toured extensively with bands such as The Horrors and Miles Kane and put out a handful of singles along the way that has gained them a cult following. Their music is a whirlwind blend of psych-tinged, futuristic krautrock that’s best showcased on songs like ‘Follow’ and ‘Regatta’. The music videos for these songs are enough to make you fall in love with the band; they’re a long-haired, leather-clad bunch you wouldn’t imagine playing anywhere but the tiniest, sweatiest bars in Dalston.

Listen to: ‘Follow’

For fans of: TOY, Roxy Music

Sunflower Bean

Dreamy yet heavy; psychedelic Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean drop their debut album this February. From what they’ve released already, it’ll be a record you won’t want to miss out on. Previous songs such as ‘The Stalker’ really capture the band’s raw energy live and fan favourite ‘Tame Impala’ (yes, named after the band) is guaranteed to get you moving. It’s hard to believe these guys are all still 19 years old.

Listen to: ‘Tame Impala’

For Fans of: Wolf Alice, Cherry Glazerr, Pink Floyd

Skinny Girl Diet

Championed by none other than Viv Albertine of The Slits, Skinny Girl Diet are the London trio that you really need to hear if you haven’t already. For starters, they’re inspired by the Power Puff Girls, how cool is that? They aren’t afraid to let rip in a manner that would fit on a Babes in Toyland record, but there’s also something very current about Skinny Girl Diet that’s sure to establish them as the new favourite band of every teenage girl this year.

Listen to: ‘Wasted Smile’

For Fans of: Hole, Garbage, MIA


New York quartet Wall are one of those few emerging bands that don’t even have their own Facebook page yet. However, their unique sound has already impressed critics and gained them a fair amount of recognition. Wall’s brash vocals and clunky guitars give off a refreshing punk attitude that begs to be heard live. Standout track ‘Fit The Part’ is brimming with energy with its Debby Harry in ‘Rapture‘-style vocals. You can really imagine yourself in a dark dingy Lower East Side nightclub when you’re listening to Wall.

Listen to: ‘Fit The Part’

For Fans of: The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Savages

Holy Motors

Another Wharf Cat Records find, Holy Motors are again a band so new it’s hard to find any information about them on the internet. This lends them a certain mysterious appeal that’s so rare in bands nowadays and allows all the attention to be centred on their music. Ambient, shoegazey rock is perhaps the best way to describe their sound. Songs such as ‘Heavenly Creatures’ and ‘Holy Motors’ showcase the band’s dreamy appeal while debut single ‘Running Water’ suggests a more radio-friendly side.

Listen to: ‘Running Water’

For fans of: DIIV, Bat For Lashes, 2:54

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