In my capacity as a contributing writer for www.alreadyheard.com, an alternative rock website in the UK, I’ve been lucky enough to review some really interesting stuff, as well as some pathetically indulgent musically limited shit. Among the non-shit are a whole bunch of upcoming British bands suffering at the hard end of the music business, where lack of money and/or record company support means that a DIY philosophy is prerequisite. Not only are these bands writing their own songs, but they are often using crowdfunding (pledgemusic), producing themselves and in some cases doing their own marketing and booking their own gigs, which is all very admirable but is obviously not a sustainable model. Without significant record sales, top drawer live opportunities or some real financial backing from a record label, bands like these are living on borrowed time and their talents will be confined to an eternity on the pub circuit. Ok, I’m the first to admit that none of these guys are the finished article and the artistic direction of their videos leaves more than a little to be desired, but each one them has talent and all have potential to develop given the right support. Check them out below – with links 🙂
Romans – upbeat hard rock; very succinctly summed up on the “About” of their facebook page – “We like riffs”.
Blind Wives – indie rock crossover with a punky edge recently released their second EP showing off mature song writing skills.
An Elegy – midlands metalcore band with an immense heaviness and interesting song structures born of hard studio time.
Quiet Lions – Brighton based melodic rock band creating expansive sound scapes.
Of Allies – these guys are ready – hard edged alternative rock with strong songs and plenty of appeal.
http://ofallies.com/ (free download available)
All the bands featured here, which is just the tip of the iceberg of the underground/independent scene, are available for streaming on Deezer (and probably Spotify but I couldn’t be arsed to troll their user unfriendly interface to see), where I also have an ever growing playlist of upcoming bands from around the world: