Despite being a pretty scary year in the grand scheme of things, 2018 has actually been exceptionally great for new music. Our ears have been filled with sonic delights of all genres, providing necessary catharsis and enjoyment.
And we predict even more exceptionally epic sounds reaching ears far and wide in 2019. Here’s just some of the bands and artists we predict we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the coming year…
Having played for us at The Finsbury not once, but twice, as well as being guests on our radio show, London band Ghum have become firm favourites over the last couple of years. Now, having teamed up with Everything Sucks Records, and wowed crowds supporting the likes of Dream Wife, as well as delivering an utterly spellbinding set at Indietracks Festival in the summer, it seems certain that they’re headed for more greatness in 2019. This year’s ‘I’m The Storm’/’Undone’ completely bewitched us with the band’s immersive, sweeping dark pop, and we cannot wait to be cast under the spell of their majestic gothic power once more.
(Mari Lane – Managing Editor/Co-Founder)
I saw Witch Fever live for the first time headlining our January GIHE gig at The Finsbury, and I’ve been hooked on the Manchester punks’ visceral music ever since. I was so impressed by their collective effort to dominate the space; whether that was through knockout percussion, manic guitar riffs, or by front-woman Amy breaking the fourth wall and prowling into the crowd. When I caught them again at The Lock Tavern for We Can Do It Records, I was right at the front witnessing their fearless, riotous glory all over again. If you haven’t seen them yet, I urge you to do so this year!
(Kate Crudgington – Features Editor/Co-Founder)
After they had such an amazing year in 2018 we have to recommend keeping an eye on LIINES. They’ve already announced a huge run of dates supporting Sleaford Mods, and some headline dates for early summer too but the news is far from done. After so many years of making music it’s one of those years-in-the-making-overnight-successes as finally the post-punk trio are starting to be rightfully recognised for their huge, driving post-punk sound. An underground band about to break big? We think so.
(Sarah Lay – Contributor)
Since first witnessing South London duo Scrounge live for us in the summer, I’ve been struggling to put into words just how impressive I find the power of their immense, genre-blending post punk. Their live show is truly breathtaking, unlike anything else I’ve seen or heard, and the swirling grit of this year’s ‘Etch’ – propelled by Luke’s thrashing beats, Lucy’s colossal vocals and an epic sense of urgency – marked them out as definite ones to watch in 2019.
Ah! Kosmos performed a stunning one-woman-show (in an equally stunning sequin blazer) when I saw her support Zola Jesus at Omeara in November. The Istanbul-born artist gave a masterclass in how to perform electronic music solo, and her latest album Beautiful Swamp has been spinning on my turntable since its release. If you’re in to alternative electronic music, you have to check her out.
Having blown us away with their immense, seething energy when playing for us live at The Finsbury a couple of times throughout 2018, as well as playing incredible support slots with bands such as Dream Wife, this year Brighton duo ARXX released their truly fantastic EP Daughters Of Daughters. Put together as a tribute to the music that vocalist Hannah Pidduck was brought up on by her mother, it draws on an eclectic range of influences, and a variety of subject matter. I just cannot get enough of this band’s riotous, punk-infused power and gritty energy, and predict big things happening for them in 2019.
DIY punks Big Joanie released their debut album Sistahs this year, and it’s a mix of the personal and political; coupled with riotous rhythms and a sistah-hood ethos. Recorded at Hermitage Works Studio with producer Margo Broom, and released via Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz’s new label (The Daydream Library Series), Sistahs is a strong debut from a band who have been actively working on and off-stage within London’s DIY scene for years. They deserve all of the praise and recognition they’ve received so far, and I’m looking forward to catching them live over the next 12 months.
With GIHE being massive supporters from the start, we’ll also be keeping our ears on patriarchy-smashing post punk witches Dream Nails in 2019. Their set at Indietracks was one of our favourites in 2018 and we’re hoping they get to make a full length release this year. Rightful heirs to the punk crown – not just in sound, but in ethos, as they do important things musically and in activism.
We’ve been massive fans of Brighton duo, Katie Oldham and Greg Burns – aka Sit Down – for a while now; the intensity of their thrashing garage-punk sounds completely blowing us away on each listen, and their sheer dedication to their craft (Katie even makes all their stage outfits) marking them out instantly from other bands. This year saw the duo release their explosive debut EP Cheap Luxe, and – as well as playing live for us at The Finsbury once again – they received much acclaim from a wider audience, including an epic set on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festivals. I think you’d be a fool not to see the incredible success that the noisiest power duo around are headed for.