Over the past decade This Feeling has forged a formidable reputation for fighting the corner for the best new guitar bands around. In celebration of their 'Big In 2018' shows taking place later this year (details can be found at the bottom of this page), our friends over at This Feeling have put together a Playlist for us of the bands they're tipping to make it big this year.
Wondrously playing with the fantasy of the female mind, Anteros flit between riot grill disco and glossy pop accompanied by a steely stare and a heart of glass
For fans of: Blondie, The Cardigans, Blossoms.
A sensational live entity, Avalanche Party are a brooding menace on the underground music scene, with a graphic and febrile style of playing to exorcise all their sins.
For fans of: Shame, Cabbage, The Amazing Snakeheads.
Crafting sonically eclectic soundscapes, Black Pulp have a very clear affinity with the janglier spectrum of guitar music, reflected in their stellar debut single, Vapour.
For fans of: Peace, Mystery Jets, The Maccabees.
The Black Roses
Fuzzy, fast-paced indie rock with some searingly impressive drumming.
For fans of: The Pigeon Detectives, The Libertines, The Rifles.
If Breed were a cartoon character they’d probably be the Tasmanian devil - you can take that however you wish but don’t let it tarnish the fact that these Essex lads deal in all manner of spitting, snarling indie rock fuelled by the Gallagher’s arrogance.
For fans of: Oasis, The Vines, Jet.
Unbeatable, infectious energy with a cooing romanticism that’s pricked more than a few ears over the past year.
For fans of: The Big Moon, The Breeders, Elastic.
Aberdeen natives with a firm grasp of the dynamics of stadium sized rock bolstered by the release of their EP, Yours, Now, Forever.
For fans of: Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Courteeners.
What Carousel have a knack of turning that indefinable Scottish melancholy into the most uplifting of anthem.
For fans of: The Libertines, Shed Seven, The La's.
Musically, Cavana lead a seminar in subtle intricacies and adrenalised fever, two concepts which aren’t the easiest to unite. Manchester’s already taking notice, you should too.
For fans of: The Cribs, Joe Walsh, King Krule.
They straddle pop-punk and grunge like pros which must be why their fanbase has accelerated at a pace so rapid that 2018 won’t be able to ignore them.
For fans of: Strange Bones, Fangclub, Airways.
Endorsed by their pals, Blossoms, Fuzzy Sun craft lysergic hooks which venture into all kinds of sparkling, sonic marvels.
For fans of: Blossoms, Temples, The Flaming Lips
Youthful Kent trio with a clear passion for anything Mod, their latest EP was recorded at Abbey Road studios in London so expect some magic.
For fans of: The Jam, Louis Berry, The Rifles, The Sherlocks.
Sound like: A ramshackle ride through the most extreme elements of post-punk with buzzsaw guitar riffs and blistering tempos to match.
For fans of: Tribes, Buzzcocks, Suede.
Sounds like: Man of the moment, Gerry Cinnamon has already sold out two headline gigs at Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom (in 5 minutes!) fuelled by a charisma most musicians can only dream of.
For fans of: Frank Turner, Levellers, Billy Bragg.
Infusing the best bits of noughties guitar music, Glass Peaks have a welcoming sense of urgency which has been sealed and approved by BBC Introducing on more than one occasion.
For fans of: White Lies, Maximo Park, The Amazons.
Hailed as one of Scotland’s biggest breakthrough bands after a rousing performance at TRNSMT last year, they’re on board to incite fountain streams of hype.
For fans of: The Strokes, Drowners, Skaters.
A trio of grunge goddesses who know their image, their intentions and their worth whilst serving some sugary guitar rock with a “Girls Only” sign over the door.
For fans of: Veruca Salt, Black Honey, TLC.
Favourites over on BBC Radio 1, Himalayas create enough noise to smash through the glass ceiling of public expectation and sound mighty good doing it.
For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, Hello Operator.
The Howl & The Hum
Atmospheric is the key word here. Spine-tingling and haunting would also be good adjectives for a band who will engulf you in melancholy of the highest order.
For fans of: The National, Massive Attack, Grizzly Bear.
The Jade Assembly
Bolton lads who manage to stand out from the pack with a raw honesty and compelling commitment to their cause.
For fans of: The View, The Enemy, Doves.
They’ve already walked on to the main stage of Leeds festival which says a lot about the ambitions and potential of Judas. Teamed with ready-made anthems, not much can go wrong.
For fans of: Kings Of Leon, Stereophonics, The 1975.
Carrying the baton for the Barat’s further musical accomplishments, Lucie crafts a spiky, rollicking kind of poetry that makes everything else sound stuffy.
For fans of: Dirty Pretty Things, Patti Smith, Elastica.
Matter Of Mind
They’ve got fans in the shape of Manc music legends Clint Boon and Terry Christian and with their sparkling debut EP, State Of Mind, it’s not hard to see why.
For fans of: Basement, Lower Than Atlantis, The 1975.
Indie pop rock done great.
For fans of: The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines.
Big hair and big personalities are always a winning combination, with Mint waving the flag proudly as they declare “we make music to make you kiss strangers”.
For fans of: Catfsh & The Bottlemen, Circa Waves, Viola Beach.
A melting pot of unique and folksy balladry, Nadia Sheikh is a genre chameleon with a voice that warms the soul.
For fans of: Anna Calvi, Bat For Lashes, Sharon Van Etten.
Theres no rest for the wicked and Oddity Road don’t seem intent on slowing down anytime soon; last year alone they played 25 festivals and went on tour with The Sherlocks before rounding it all off with their own tour.
For fans of: Jordan Allen, Hooton Tennis Club, Menace Beach.
Comrades to fellow Mossley brothers, Cabbage, Proletariat have been hailed as “no ordinary punk band” thanks to their unfiltered urgency.
For fans of: Slaves, Trampolene, Touts.
A delightfully scuzzy racket (sorry, couldn’t help it) pinned by the kind of loose, lo-fi guitar work that drives the indie kids wild.
For fans of: The Sex Pistols, The Libertines, The Cribs.
The clues in the name, Rascalton are a Glaswegian force of nature, who barrel headfirst into their music with no graces, but all the fun.
For fans of: Peter Doherty, Baby Strange, Palma Violets.
A dark, miasmic fusion of downtrodden post-punk and monochromatic cool, Rituals are for those whose souls have been mildly tainted.
For fans of: Echo & The Bunnymen, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Coral.
sound like the DMA’s on a session with The Streets, Blur and Joe Strummer. They sound as ace as the description.
For fans of: Blur, Britpop, Grime.
Launching out of Manchester’s consistently fertile independent scene, Sauce are the quirkiest of the lot and not just cause they have sachets of the good stuff in their CDs. Spread it thick and generously.
For fans of: Happy Mondays, Kasabian, The Shimmer Band.
Their band tees feature an antlered Theresa May, their live shows are depraved and manic and one of their songs talks about a trip to the gynaecologist… Shame are as originally brilliant as they come.
For fans of: The Fall, Alternative TV, Fat White Family.
As charming as they are rowdy, The Scruff’s latest single, Her, a beautiful ode to drummer Omar’s mother, shows they can tackle all manner of soundscapes.
For fans of: The Rifles, DMA’s, The Wholls.
Searing energy, punch-the-air choruses and a general knack for infectiousness, Sea Girls are wasting no time in their propulsion to the top.
For fans of: early Coldplay, Bastille, Amber Run, Coasts.
Sounds like: Following last years incredible takeover of UK festivals, Sheafs, have their sights on a galvanising 2018. Expect to be taken on a hurtling, hedonistic joyride.
For fans of: Kasabian, Miles Kane, Pretty Vicious.
If you’re in search of joyfully filthy garage rock than look no further than Sleeptalking, who rule in the purest sense of the depraved genre.
For fans of: The Wytches, Ty Segall, Tigercubre.
With live sessions with Radio X and BBC Introducing already under their belt, SONS blend of incendiary, high-octane punk will invade everyone’s earholes this year.
For fans of: Drenge, Slaves, Demob Happy.
Creating a sizeable wave in their hometown of Birmingham, Sugarthief have already supported homegrown heroes, The Twang on tour and with a buoyant, spirited arsenal of summer-ready hits under their belt, festival season eagerly awaits.
For fans of: Stone Roses, Blossoms, The Twang.
From the suburbs of Swindon, The Sulks are rapidly gaining a justified level of attention thanks to their eclectic variation of all things indie.
For fans of: The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Foals.
A self-described band of “seekers, movers and malcontents”, leave any expectation of The Surrenders at the door, they’re a live experience that leave you shook to the core.
For fans of: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Paves.
With a brilliant fury fuelled by the very core of British punk, TOUTS are as authentic sounding to the genre as you can find and all the more glorious for it.
For fans of: The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Ruts.
With a sonic palette to rival Royal Blood, Ulysses Wells have a masterclass in muscular melodies and worship at the altar of hell-raising riffs.
For fans of: Royal Blood, Them Crooked Vultures, The Ranconteurs.
Fast and furious giddy rock and roll propelled by their scabrous debut single, Half A Hunner, Still A Stunner.
For fans of: Babyshambles, The Undertones, The Vaccines.
The Velvet Hands
Darlings of every BBC Radio station in this ungodly nation, The Velvet Hands offer a dazzling succession of truly acerbic rock and roll.
For fans of: The Stones, The Strokes, Supergrass.
With a selection of robust and enticing tracks under their belt, Voodoos are the kind of band you know are going to make stages drip with sweat.
For fans of: Baby Strange, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Palma Violets.
We Are Parkas
Tight-as-a-screw indie with lashings of intensity and swagger from boys straight out of Bath .
For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, The Rifles, Razorlight, The Fratellis.
Indie rock with glossy pop elements is the order of the day for Wulfman Fury, who can single-handedly put any listener into a state of feel-good reverie.
For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane, The Strokes.
Sounds like: The band on everyone’s lips right now, Yonaka’s ascent will be unstoppable. They’re already creating waves thanks to the unstoppable force of front woman, Theresa Jarvis.
For fans of: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills, Gossip .
Heir to catchy-as-hell choruses, Yungblud thrives on a very engaging brand of socially observant indie hip-hop.
For fans of: VANT, RAT BOY, Superfood.
Part Dandy Warhols, part BRMC, part Primal Scream, part Kasabian rock n roll. If that sounds good it’s cos they are seriously good. Already caught the eye of Liam Gallagher who asked them to tour the US with them.
For fans of: Oasis, BRMC, Kasabian.
BIG IN 2018 SHOWS:
London Nambucca - 13th Jan
w/ Anteros, Judas, Avalanche Party, Sheafs, Hey Charlie, Himalayas, Calva Louise, The Surrenders + Lucie Barat.
Manchester Jimmy's - 20th Jan
w/ Proletariat, Mint, Matter Of Mind + Voodoos.
Manchester Jimmy's - 21st Jan
w/ Wulfman Fury, The Jade Assembly, Generation + The Racket.
London The Monarch - 25th Jan
w/ The Velvet Hands, The Scruff, Ulysses Wells, Nadia Sheikh, Sleeptalking + Sons.
Glasgow Broadcast - 9th Feb
w/ Heavy Rapids, Rituals, Carousel + The Capollos.
All shows £6adv
Tickets + info: www.thisfeeling.co.uk
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