I know the back end of February is a bit late to be giving my top tips for 2009 but seeing as i only started this blog a week ago i think its fair enough. No?
Anyways, charging on….
1. EMPIRE OF THE SUN
Empire of the Sun are an Australian duo made up of Luke Steele (Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (PNAU). I suppose you could call them a supergroup if you want. They have been compared soundwise to MGMT. Personally i think that they have their own sound. Influenced by the 80’s? Yes. An ear for melody? Yeah. A gleaming voice and catchy synths? Yup. But i wouldn’t go as far to say they sound like MGMT, although there are worse bands to be compared to. And i definitely think Empire of the Sun will have the same amount of success that the Brooklyn duo enjoyed in 2008. Judge for yourself…
2. THE TEMPER TRAP
The Temper Trap are another Australian band on the up. The country seems to have been giving the music industry a constant stream of talent over the last 4 or 5 years (look out for a future post dedicated to past, present and future Australian music) and The Temper Trap are just one of many new bands making waves both in their homeland and across the waters in the UK and US. The band have only released a handful of songs so far, with Sweet Disposition being the most noticeable. The song has been featured on the movie trailer for upcoming film “500 Days of Summer”, bringing the group more publicity in the process. Their star should rise even more once they’ve performed at the well respected SXSW festival in Texas in mid March. The festival is known for showcasing new talent and The Temper Trap are certainly a talent worth hearing.
3. RED LIGHT COMPANY
Well, after two Australian bands at the top its time to give a shout out to a homegrown band….kinda. The line up of Red Light Company could be the start of a joke. Ever heard the one about the Englishman, the Welsh guy, the Scottish guy, the English-Kiwi-Australian and the American? Nah, me neither. But thats exactly what RLC consist of. They were launched to a good bit of fame thanks to their third single “Scheme Eugene”, which received a lot of airplay from Radio 1 and eventually hit #69 in the charts. Not bad considering the amount of guff filling the charts these days. Their first two singles “With Lights Out” and “Meccano” aren’t half bad either. The band embark on an eight date UK tour on the 7th of March in support of their debut album “Fine Fascination” which is released on the 2nd of March. Expect big things from Red Light Company before 2009 is over.
4. JAMES YUILL
James Yuill is anything but a newcomer, he’s been bleeding electronics into his folk tinged music since 2005. But i just think that 2009 will be a big year for London based East Sussex native. He’s been likened to and even compared himself to The Postal Service, whose album “Give Up” is a clear influence on the two albums Yuill has released so far. Although James himself is sometimes credited as a pioneer of “folktronica” and few would argue with that. His 2007 album “Turning Down Water For Air” is criminally under-rated and is one of the constants on my IPod. James Yuills “Post War Years and Wave Mahines Tour” kicks off on the 25 February and i will definitely be taking in his show at King Tuts in Glasgow on the 1st March. I get the feeling he needs to be seen live to be truly apprecited. If he’s playing near you…go. If anything James Yuill DESERVES to get a big break this year.
5. DINOSAUR PILE UP
Dinosaur Pile Up first came to my attention last November when i seen them supporting The Kills at Oran Mor in Glasgow. The Leeds band almost brought the place down with the sheer volume of their short but sharp set. I swear the walls were vibrating, my Jack D + Coke was shaking like the glass of water in the famous Jurassic Park scene ( i swear thats not a pun or anything on their name!) and me and my friend Elaine couldn’t hear ourselves or each other talk over the noise. They were really really loud but in a good way. They reminded me a lot of QOTSA, my favourite band of all time. There was a few of their songs that caught my ear more than others but i’ve honestly yet to hear a bad song they’ve done. Long may that continue. If Dinosaur Pile Up keep gigging and recording tunes at the pace and level that they have so far then it surely won’t be long before they get tyrannosauras-ly big (apologies for the pun). Just make sure you play them at full volume
S.I.T Wolf x