The legendary DJ John Peel had a policy of listening to (and often playing on air) every demo tape he was given by a band – he loved it but also admitted that the sheer quantity drove him mad. As I am a million years away from being the most influential disc jockey in the industry, my task is somewhat easier, yet given my lack of time I have some idea of what he must have felt. At the time of writing I have little more than a handful of followers on Twitter, yet since I opened my account I’ve had bands following me and sending me their work. Here I will attempt to provide a space to showcase some of what I receive and although I cannot promise full reviews, actually I can’t even promise empty reviews, but I will endeavour to put bands out there in some way so that people can make up their own minds; obviously the more excited I am about them, the more likely I am to go on about them – fair enough?
So, here’s the first crop of what I call ‘Margraves’ – a sideways tribute to John Peel (A.K.A Margrave of the Marshes) – featuring five newish bands, via Twitter, in order of discovery:
The Mantells – britpoppy Arctics influenced, nice clean sound – good vocal.
Lux Lisbon – slick slices of indie tinged atmospheric pop with good strong songs and a well refined sound.
We’re no Heroes – eighties groove with an upbeat sound, very likeable.
Charlywood – infectious English fronted guitar band from Austria with an air of Libertines meets Billy Bragg about them.
False Advertising – slightly mechanical indie fuzzers with some poppy hooks