Ones To Watch 2019

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… 

Ghum
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)

Witch Fever
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)

LIINES
After they had such an amazing year in 2018 we have to recommend keeping an eye on LIINES. Theyve 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 its 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)

Scrounge
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.
(ML)

Ah! Kosmos
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.
(KC)

ARXX
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.
(ML)

Big Joanie
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.
(KC)

Dream Nails
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.
(SL)

Sit Down
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.
(ML) 

Ones To Watch 2018

We’re approaching the beginning of a new year – the perfect time to celebrate new music. As we leave 2017 – and all it’s thrown at us – behind, we’re ready to venture into 2018 alongside some of the music we’re most excited about for the upcoming year.

Have a read, and keep your ears peeled for these incredible bands and artists over the coming months…

Having recently supported GIHE faves PINS on tour, and received much acclaim for their eponymous debut album from the likes of Mojo and Q Magazine, London collective Madonnatron would seem to have had a pretty successful 2017.

We’ve been in love with these four awesome women since their captivating cacophony left us completely spellbound at The Finsbury back in March. And now, with the seething vocals and haunting discordant hooks of tracks such as ‘Sangue Neuf’ and ‘Headless Children’ having provided an eerily majestic soundtrack to much of this year, we’re quite sure that the beguiling ‘Witch Prog’ of Madonnatron will be headed for big things in 2018. (Mari Lane)

We currently hold the record for “how many times you can feature Queen Zee on a roundups/playlist” article – and it’s one we’re proud to be upholding. The Liverpool-based band blew us away with their visceral, politically switched on sounds at The Garage in October, and we’ve been hooked on their punk-like anthems ever since.

Fronted by Queen Zee, the group use their platform to shout back against transphobia and homophobia, as well as supporting and celebrating equality. They’re set to record and hopefully release their debut album in 2018, as well as hitting the road again in support of The Marmozets. Make sure you put your ‘Idle Crown’ on, and get behind this incredible set of talented individuals in 2018. (Kate Crudgington)

Having blown us away with their completely captivating live performance at The Finsbury, Sink Ya Teeth are fast becoming one of our favourite bands. With the addictive, pulsating beats and ‘80s-inspired dance-pop hooks of singles ‘If You See Me’ and ‘Glass’, they’ve showcased their ability to create utterly infectious, uptempo offerings, and we cannot wait to hear more.

With praise from the likes of BBC 6 Music, and support slots with Chk Chk Chk already under their belt, this Norwich duo are sure to be continuing to seduce many an ear throughout 2018. (ML)

Although we’ve been aware of them for some time, Slowcoaches caught our full attention this year with the release of their brilliant track ‘Complex’ – a snarling comeback to the music industry’s misogynist bullshit.

Comprised of Heather (bass & vocals), Neil (drums), and Oliver (guitar), the band are a grunge-fuelled, alternative force to be reckoned with. With wicked tracks like ‘Living Out’ and ‘Complex’ behind them, we’re excited to see what 2018 holds for this talented trio. (KC)

With support from the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, and an ever growing reputation for their vibrant live performances, London collective Kid Cupid have been alluring our ears with their blissful electro-pop for some time.

Now, with the recent release of latest single ‘Easy’, they’ve shown themselves to be true masters of their craft; creating utterly euphoric layers of sound alongside Laura Shaw’s rich, soulful vocals. With shades of the likes of Oh Wonder and Little Dragon, we cannot wait to hear more of Kid Cupid’s dreamy, sonic delights throughout 2018. (ML)

 

We’ve made no secret of our love for Essex songwriter Beckie Margaret, and we want everyone’s ears to be blessed with the sound of her impeccable voice.

Inspired by the likes of Lucy Rose, Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver, Beckie’s songs are tender, intuitive, and effortlessly delivered. She’s still at University in the final year of her song-writing degree, but there’s something about her music that can’t be learned from the pages of a textbook. Signed to Cool Thing Records, we’re confident the future for this talented vocalist, writer, and producer is blindingly bright. (KC)

Receiving support across the industry from the likes of Joe Talbot (IDLES) and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Steve Lamacq, Birmingham trio Table Scraps are certainly worth paying attention to.

Creating dark and gritty garage-punk, with tracks such as ‘My Obsession’ and latest single ‘Sick Of Me’, the band deliver thrashing riffs and stomping beats, fuelled by a ferocious force. A perfect example of raw, raging DIY music at its best.

Now, with their debut full-length album Autonomy set for release in February, the enraged, empowering energy of Table Scraps looks set to take the world by storm in 2018. (ML)

If you’re a fan of ambient electronic music with a melancholy edge, Temples Of Youth are a band you need to invest in. The Winchester duo sent divine shivers down our spines when they headlined our December show at The Finsbury, and we’ve been spinning their recent self-titled EP in an attempt to stay hypnotised by their magnetic sounds.

We’re confident that tracks like ‘Amber’ and the beautifully articulate ‘Churches’ will propel the pair further in to the spotlight in 2018. We also recommend you check out their superb cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ – it’s urgent and unforgettable. (KC)

With 2017’s highlights including supporting Desperate Journalist and Nelson Can on various tour dates, Manchester trio LIINES have fast been gaining attention from the likes of John Kennedy, The Quietus and BBC Introducing throughout the year, and we’re loving their gritty, post-punk sounds.

As the pummelling beats and raw vocals of tracks ‘Disappear’ and ‘Blackout’ blast into the ears with all the brooding, impassioned energy you could ever desire, we’re desperate to hear more from LIINES and wait with excitement for what they have in store for us in 2018.

We’re also extremely excited to announce that LIINES will be headlining for us at The Finsbury on 9th February with Bugeye, Suggested Friends and Duck. See you there! (ML)