I’m always on the look out for new music to listen to and seeing new, emerging bands live is a great way of doing this. In my opinion, nothing quite compares to live music when it comes to discovering new talent. Since the age of around 15 I’ve been lucky enough to go to many gigs, from big arenas to (more recently) smaller local venues. Whilst experiencing the likes of the mighty Muse (highly recommended) in an arena creates an unforgettable atmosphere, there’s something quite personal and intimate about seeing a band at a smaller venue. Here’s my first pick of up and coming talent I’ve seen live recently – make sure you give them all a listen!
When these boys take to the stage, it’s not a matter of if but when everyone will be on their feet having a boogie! Frontman Chris, guitarists Scott and Joe, bassist Gerry and drummer Brad make up Stupid Boots, the charismatic band from Rugby who brilliantly manage to bring old school rock and roll right up to date. They inject an energy and new life into classics by Elvis, The Beatles and The Specials that is unique and really does throw it back to the good old days of 20th century music. Aside from old school throwbacks, the band’s original songs retain the same rock ‘n’ roll vibe. A favourite of mine is “Travelling Girl” which includes a bluesy sounding harmonica that crosses over nicely with the distinctive guitar riff. The focus of their live gigs is mainly centered around the Midlands area at the moment, but watch this space! You can listen to their EP on Soundcloud below.
The energetic techno vibe these guys bring is uplifting and refreshing! Alex, Abbas, James and Jon are Pleasure House, a four piece from Birmingham who offer an upbeat live show you’re sure to remember. The energy these guys bring to the stage is something that stands out, along with their techno undertones which effectively bring life into every one of their songs. “Cyan” is a personal favourite, as it cleverly combines quirky drum beats with synth patterns, creating a sound which really does showcase the band’s talent. Be ready to have a dance if you go and see these guys live, their show is fast-paced from the word go and they’re sure to have you singing along, whether you know the words or not. The band are midway through their “Dreaming Slowly” debut headline tour as we speak and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them soon!
Straight talking indie in its most modern form is exactly what you get with The Barratts. Perhaps with a hint of a psychedelic 60s feel, they’re what I’d describe as a classic British indie band. Together with guitarists Kyle and Brandon, bassist Jack and Evan on drums, lead singer James testifies to this with a dialect that typifies the British culture. It’s clear to hear the songwriting skills at work if you listen closely to their lyrics, which are unique and very individual to the band (listen to “A Certain Time Of Night” and you’ll know exactly what I mean). Their stage appearance together with those indie vibes are a definite winner when it comes to live performances, and their up-tempo vocals and guitar sequences demonstrate their all round talent. The guys have just finished their debut EP tour and will be hitting up The Roadmender in Northampton again later this month, which they suitably packed out earlier this year!
*Photos courtesy of Pleasure House and The Barratts.