So, 2018 is almost a week old. 2017 is gone and you want some new music to listen to. Well, these are some of my favourite bands and singers from last year who I think are going to have class 2018s.
Toronto based Raffa Weyman (known as RALPH) released her first single ‘Trouble’ way back in May 2015. It was good. Fast forward to March 2017 and she released her debut EP, self titled. It was brilliant.
The standout track, ‘Tease’, tells of girlfriends sharing secrets with brilliant lyrics, such as: “But my friend got the same text, cut and copied/Cause you’re writing love notes to every girl on the block”.
2017 also saw her collaborate with fellow Canadians The Darcys, producing the single ‘Screenplay’ and touring with them.
Fickle Friends released their Glue EP earlier in the year, featuring the brilliant single “Glue” alongside two other tracks and an acoustic version. They also undertook a U.K. tour last year.
They manage to blend upbeat synth pop beats with darker lyrics to produce dance floor filling bops, and with their debut album You Are Someone Else will be released March 16th, 2018 is set to be a busy year.
The Pale White
Indie rockers and fellow Geordies The Pale White have enjoyed a great 2017, releasing their debut EP The Pale White and touring with The Amazons. They’re also responsible for what is one of my favourite lyrics ever: “I’ll meet you in Gotham, and I’ll get the trebs in”, taken from ‘Downer’.
2018 is set to be a good one, with their biggest headline gig to date, at Riverside, Newcastle, in just a few weeks and new music on the horizon.
The Night Café
These Scouse indie delights are one of my favourite bands, since I first heard the wonderful “Addicted” years ago. I was, well, addicted.
In early 2018 they commence a headline tour of the U.K., having toured with Blaenavon, and will also see them release a follow up to 2017’s debut EP Get Away From The Feeling.
Indie rockers Tye and Jon form KNGDAVD, a duo that produce cracking tracks with fuzzy synths and guitars and delightful vocals. Sometimes distorted and sometimes clean, their songs are catchy and addictive.
There’s an EP set to be released this year, and I cannot wait.
A little over a year since releasing her debut EP Queen of Hearts, Carla Cappa (known as Cappa) released the wonderfully catchy ‘Waste My Time’. She also got into the festive spirit with her take on Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.
She plans on releasing a new single in February, and follow ups throughout the year.
Listen to her latest single ‘Waste My Time’ below, but I’d also strongly recommend listening to her brilliant covers of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ and the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’.
The Magic Gang
There’s finally a debut album in the pipeline for 2018, after three EPs from the indie steamboats. I was fortunate enough to catch them twice last year, supporting Circa Waves and then Sundara Karma. I still can’t shake that the lead singer looks like an indie version of one of my mates.
Manchester quarter Pale Waves burst onto the scene in February with their debut single ‘There’s A Honey’. The band’s infectious sugary-pop sound certainly hit the mark, with their debut single being well received. The band followed up with three other singles, and are looking forward to a busy 2018, with a debut album slated for release later in the year.
The 1975’s Matty Healy produced the band’s first two singles, ‘There’s A Honey’ and ‘Television Romance’, an influence which is definitely audible. Pale Waves also joined The 1975 on tour last year.
Hannah Jane Lewis
With the world so dark and terrible and generally the worst place to be, Hannah Jane Lewis is doing her best to fill it with pink and glitter and pop. And she’s doing a great job.
Hailed as the British Carly Rae Jepsen- which is the highest praise I think someone could get- her single ‘Raincheck’ came in September and was very much welcome.
There’s likely to be new singles on the way in 2018 and possibly even an album.
I saw Childcare support Bastille when they played the Metro Radio Arena in November 2016 and they were the absolute business. They released their debut EP Made Simple in April 2017.
They’ve managed to create a lovely unique sound, with elements of rock and grunge, and feature delightful dual vocals. Listen to my fave track by them below:
Chris – @EmreCanderson