By: John Verburg
This teenage punk band has been featured more than once on this site, and for good reason. I have been heaping The Misfits kind of praise on these kids, and with a couple of EP’s under their belts in 2013, I believe 2014 will only bring bigger things.
This New York band just released their debut album, and it holds so much promise, that I believe they will become a much more household name amongst the cool kids. There is classical elements, jazz, and pop elements at play, as well as both male and female vocals. There is some tinges of The National and Surfjan Stevens. San Fermin won’t be for everyone, but there is enough interesting elements to catch peoples ear.
This is another band that has been featured as a “Single of the Day” on our site before. There isn’t a much better way to describe these guys other than psychadelic grunge. At times, The Wytches sound like Soundgarden pounding away in the middle of a Tame Impala song.
These are some very British dudes playing some very British music. But that certainly isn’t a bad thing. There is a bit of fuzz to them ala LA’s Crocodiles, but it is done with a pop catchiness that was evident in bands from the British invasion days.
So yeah…I heard of this young lady through the TV show “The Voice”, but Caroline isn’t their because she is a future pop diva that doesn’t write her own stuff. She already has written her own EP, and with a voice that fits in the category of Regina Spektor and Norah Jones, she has an interesting future. I’m betting the TV show helps send her into popularity.
This is a New York band that should gain some notoriety simply because they fit nicely in that Strokes category of bands that live the New York lifestyle and write songs that people are going to enjoy. What’s wrong with writing songs that people enjoy? Nothing.
Whip ass cool band once again from New York. Punk spirit, female/male vocals that will eventually be assaulting more peoples ears in 2014 than just mine. Do yourself a favor and get in early on this band.
Radiator Hospital is a Philly band via Michigan. They play in Michigan quite often, but that isn’t the reason they make this list. It’s because the band does a tremendous job of writing lo-fi power pop songs in the vain of The Kinks, with a vocalist that has a bit of a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah feel to it. It’s catchy as hell, and Radiator Hospital should be catching on in 2014.
Youthful exuberance is certainly an addictive quality for a band, and Circa Waves has that in spades. There isn’t anything new or genre defining here, but the energy these kids put into their Strokes/Vaccines type sound is charming, and very likely to make a big splash in the UK at the very least. Of course, I wouldn’t put them on here if I didn’t find them intriguing, so maybe they can make it in the US as well.
Another Pennsylvania band to make the list, The Districts hopefully won’t get lumped in with the likes of Mumford and Sons because their band is rooted in folk music. But these lads don’t sound like banjo strumming Brits, and owe more of a nod to Neil Young and a touch of blues than anything else. They’re young, but seem to have an advanced ability to discernwhen to restrain and when to unleash a bit of energy.
We have featured them as a “Single of the Day” a couple times I believe. This band will have difficulty escaping Nirvana comparisons, and I’m not sure how I see that as a bad thing.
Solids are a Canadian band. They have an album coming out early in 2014, and if it’s full of some of the songs I have heard from them so far, they won’t be relatively unknown for long. File them in the category as a Canadian No Age.
Chilled out dance beats, soulful high pitched singing. Baby making music for some. I’m just saying that Jungle is going to make a splash in 2014.
Swirling guitar work washes over you nicely. Like cleaning up a hangover with liquid sunshine. Atmospheric music at its best.
*There is many more, Sisters, Thumpers, Banks, Phoria and Drowners to name a few. 2014 is sure to another good year in music.