David Newbury is a freelance music and arts journalist who writes for The Line Of Best Fit, Londonist and The Quietus and many more. After failing as a mediocre indie drummer he took up being an indiepop DJ- aka taking the credit for other people’s music, but now journalism accommodates his cheese and gin requirements.
Following new music seriously challenges ones prejudices and preconceptions. Ordinarily the thought of four boys with guitars or bedroom geeks with a laptop sampler and Second Life account sends me reaching for the Valium. So when bands Peace and Doldrums reinvigorate faith in guitars and MacBooks, it is exceptionally exciting.
Picking which bright young things to follow, and be able to name drop in a few years -boasting you preferred their early EPs, actually- is tricky, but this week’s five choices should ensure your gamble works.
With so much new music coming out it’s difficult to keep track of what’s out there. It’s a lucky dip where you could discover something truly exciting. But there’s also a risk…luckily, each week I’ll be sorting the inspirational new artists from the mass of chancers to bring you five new band tips.
Are pop concerts the latest battle ground of moral superiority? Well, with Lady Gaga’s Indonesian concert being cancelled after moral hardliners picketed against her corrupting outfits and dancing, as well as physical threats, it seems so. It’s hardly the first time gigs have been targeted for displays of moral outrage. The Americans have it down to an art form, with the seemingly anti-everything Westboro Baptist Church staging high profile protests outside concerts as varied as Justin Beiber, Radiohead and Kiss.
For some solo artists the easy route just isn’t appealing. Rather than decamp to East London with a banjo and simple melodies, County Meath’s Wallis Bird opted to explore her personal contradictions in Germany’s introspective spaces, allowing her vitriolic song-writing to thrive.
It’s a republican nightmare, but Britain’s fortunes are inexplicably linked with our Queen’s. Whether it’s Elizabethan New World exploration or Victorian industrialisation, Britain’s might requires reginae tactus. Yet never has the realm’s cultural wealth coincided with the Monarch, than with our Lizzie and pop music.
Falling from the limelight is often damaging to any artist and devastating at the start of a career. Yet for Beth Jeans Houghton the rise of the Marling’s and the Welch’s, while the Sheeran’s took our dollar, couldn’t have been better.