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Super big uber post of 12 great bands November 19, 2006

Posted by alexd in Been round a while but I hadn't heard of until recently, Buzz band, Music, Pop, Unheard Artist.

This is the blogging equivalent of going for broke. As much as I would love to give each band a nice little review which they can then quote on their myspace or website if they are really desperate, I don’t have the time at the moment. So I might as well not sit on any of them any longer (I have a lot of these tracks for months) and just give them to you. Some of these bands have had a lot more exposure than others, so it’ll be interesting to see them next to each other. Hold onto tight kids here we go…

  • +/-

Not particularly new having been around for 5 years, but this track of their new album certainly got my attention. Rhythmic, droning with excellent droning. They sound a lot like Bloc Party if they lived in America and went along with this whole slightly boring guitar layering thing building up into a big chorus at the end that they all do. It still works though.

Download:+/- -Leap Year [highly recommended]

visit: plusminus.us

  • Blackbud

Hailing from the renowned music hotpot of Bradford-On-Avon. Blackbud are a 3 piece band that have friends in high placed. Like Michael Eavis. He wears wellies. And they sound like Embrace before they tried to so concertedly to sound like coldplay, and with Jimi Hendrix doing the solos. Not surprisingly they are on the same label as Embrace and Travis. Be careful boys, you don’t want to end up being the next Starsailor.

Download: Blackbud- Heartbeat

visit: blackbud.co.uk / myspace

  • Johnossi

I heard about these guys from Miss Modernage. They are Swedish so making amazing pop songs was genetically inherited from their ancestors. Johnossi were also signed after 2 gigs and a show on a gay boat. Their set up is with one acoustic guitarist (through a dirty amp) and one big drummer. They sound like they should be a soundtrack to some 4×4 advert with a big brutish car shooting through puddles and bouncing around while a mature but “cool” dad drives his kids to a school through a great Nordic forest. I warn you this may get stuck in your head all day. Sorry!

Download: Johnossi- Rescue team [highly recommended]

Visit: myspace / johnossi.com

  • Royal Treatment Plan

One of the only British indie/rock acts around. They make post libertine rock music with inter-twisting guitar lines and female singer. There are never enough. I wish them the best of luck. They sound like Sonic Youth and Fugazi having a jam, with PJ Harvey singing.

Download: The Royal Treatment Plan- You Don’t Need Me

Visit: myspace / royaltreatmentplan.com

  • Silversun Pickup

One of the most blogged bands this year. And probably one of the most exciting too. I can simply describe them as The Howling Bells playing Pixies covers. They are really awesome. So much so, they can have a video in here.

It’s like grunge never ended. Sadly if you live in the US they appear only to be touring with Wolfmother and Snowpatrol. Lets hope they are not spoiled into playing rubbish music by the time they get to the UK. Someone book them now!

Download: Silversun Pickups- Well Though Out Twinkles [highly highly recommended*]

Visit: silversunpickups.com

  • The Blood Brothers

Angry, American, young and pretentious. These guys are gonna be your next favourite band or annoy the fuck out of you. I found this song initially grating, but i was walking home to it yesterday and I nearly kicked a squirrel in the head with this cacophony going on. By the way, just so your not confused. They’re a five piece, its just photoshop.

Download: The Blood Brothers- Set Fire To The Face On Fire

Visit: Myspace / thebloodbrothers.com

  • The Grates

I posted a song from these guys ages ago here. But I think since they wrote the best song of this year they deserved another mention here. An Australian 3 piece who just make clean fun indie garage pop. I think they describe themselves best though:

“3 best friends who play music for 30 minutes to 1 hour”

I say think a pippettes RAWK side project.

Download: The Grates- Science is Golden [highly recommended]

Visit: myspace / thegrates.com

  • The Specimen

this is what happens when Poland and Brooklyn collides. You get a punky electroclash band in denial. Or just a really pushy PR manager. Either way this should be pumping in your nearest club. Funky, punky and a bit to cool for their own good.

Download: The Specimen-Do Your Damage

Visit: myspace / thespecimen.org


    Actually one of the most popular acts in Australia, these two twins sound like Pink with dignity. It’s alright to have them as a guilty pop secret though, as no one in the UK’s heard of them and both popjustice and hotstufffiles love them too. They could justify the holocaust…. maybe. Again i must warn you. This song is more infectious than avian flu.
    Download: The Veronicas- 4eva

    Visit: myspace / theveronicas.com

    They can have a big picture as they are fit.

    • Thunderball

    Influenced by jazz, boss novva, R’n’B, funk, Latin and electro. These guys are very different from endless angry teens I keep posting up. They perform either as DJ’s or an 8 piece band, and make music for spies, Casanovas and hip people who have dinner parties on glass tables. Check ’em out.

    Download: Thunderball- Return of the panther

    Visit: thunderballdc.com

    • Whiteflight

    I know I know! Stereogum found these guys ages ago. But I though it would be worth reminding you of your existence. Named after the phenomenon of rich White people leaving inner American cities since the 30’s. These guys are an interesting band that make music that sounds like The Arcade Fire’s failing attempt at dance music. It does make interesting listening though. They have indeterminable number of members. But there is definitely at least one. I dunno fuck shit.

    Download: White flight- Solarsphere

    Visit: Myspace / rangeliferecords.com

    Longest mp3 blog post ever? Quite fucking possibly. Well done for getting this far. You are beautiful have great taste and now at least half an hours of great tunes to enjoy or hate. Toodlepip i need a lie down and some lunch.



    1. Drew - November 19, 2006

    some great picks, my compatriot. Tis appreciated. I’ve got a few new breaking acts on my blog as well.

    2. alexd - November 19, 2006

    Your blog is ace! And you also have some tasty tunes, expect to arrive in my blog roll. Shame you don’t have an rss feed 😦

    3. Ben Keeler - November 23, 2006

    The Blood Brothers have been round for YEARS haven’t they? The Grates are pretty good, as are +/- and Blackbud

    4. alexd - November 23, 2006

    Yeah, the blood brothers are why i added “Been around ages but i hadnt heard of until now”. You not into silversun pickups or johnossi then?

    5. Premptive-Anti-Silversun Pickups-Backlash-Campaign « Dirtybronson - December 7, 2006

    […] There not Canadian, they have a song a VW advert, and everyone loves them. It’s inevitable, but I won’t be alone in slipping this into any “favourite album of the year” lists that will be popping up like spots on a teenagers face in the coming weeks. I tipped you off about this LA indie/grunge foursome last week or 2. A possible instigator of this backlash, may be their next single. You can just hear pitchfork sharpening their knives after ripping a hole in the album like some old sail. Its not meant for you! Everything is not meant for your too cool for school leanings, go back to your room and listen to your Decemberist album for the 10,000th time and cry yourself to sleep because when you go to parties they never play any good music. […]

    6. ashleigh - March 17, 2007

    cool bands, has anyone heard of spitalfield?

    7. alexd - March 18, 2007

    Yeah, i brought their last album and listen to it once. i didnt like it so i gave it to an emo friend 🙂

    8. ashleigh - March 20, 2007

    hahaha lol, i think there pretty good, even though i don’t consider myself emo

    9. ashleigh - March 20, 2007

    hahaha i like it, even though i don’t consider myself emo….did the other one post…lol

    10. ashleigh - March 20, 2007

    yupp i did lol sorry

    11. evereererniff - November 2, 2008

    hello good music blog!!!

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