Over the last seven years THIS FEELING clubnight has forged a formidable reputation for fighting the corner for the best new guitar bands around and rest assured that 2014 will be no different.
"A colossal club night" Noel Gallagher
"Like a mad 60's carnival" Sergio Pizzorno
"London's most rock'n'roll night out, a regular haunt of well known faces, and where to see the next big things in advance" The Evening Standard
"This Feeling is the best club in the UK for rock'n'roll music. They are doing a great job of highlighting and supporting new bands. They believe in UK guitar music and are doing all they can toget it out there." Alan McGee
This Feeling organisers have kindly found time to share their pick of the best new British rock bands (or new-ish) they're buzzing off, listed below.
1) Catfish & The Bottlemen - Homesick
One of the most promising bands to come out of Wales in quite some time, Catfish & The Bottlemen are making quite a name for themselves having been championed early on by This Feeling and then more recently Zane Lowe / Radio 1. Delicate guitar lines, moody synths and explosive choruses and a front man with more charm than George Best. What's not to love?
2) Darlia - Queen of Hearts
Blackpool three-piece Darlia, who have been honing their skills on the road with The Family Rain and The 1975, sound like a band that mean business on this latest EP. Produced by Cam Blackwood (The Horrors, Florence & The Machine), lead track 'Queen Of Hearts' boasts juggernaut riffing, thrashing powerhouse percussion and a soaring, chant-along chorus that Queens of the Stoneage / Oasis would be proud of. Elsewhere, 'Napalm' is full of raw energy and youthful exuberance with angst-ridden Kurt Kobain esque vocals from 19-year-old songwriter/frontman Nathan Day. This band are going to be massive, watch out 2014!
3) Temples - Shelter Song
This debut single from Temples is a truly loved-up affair. Rooted in bold and brash sixties sensibilities, twanging Harrison-esque guitar and a pounding Ringo-esque beat join kaleidoscopic effect-drenched harmonies to form vivid, trippy psychedelic landscapes, loaded with retro cool. Serge Pizzorno and Noel Gallagher are fans, their debut LP's out next month on Rough Trade backed with their biggest UK headline tour to date; the sky is the limit for these boys.
4) The Merrylees - For You
With a potent mixture of psychedelic and wild west influences, The Merrylees wouldn't sound out of place on a cool Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. The band's debut single - 'For You' - features The Coral's Bill Ryder Jones on guitar and production duties, swings along like the clappers and they're rumoured to be working with Richard Hawley. Ones to watch very closely for sure.
5) Dexters - The Hard Way
Instantly memorable tunes, melodies like The Strokes in their pomp and all the raw, punk energy of great bands like The Clash and The Buzzcocks. Expect the debut LP (due March on Acid Jazz) to be packed full of proper guitar anthems. Dexters play This Feeling's Big in 2014 @ Queen of Hoxton (London) Jan 11th.
6) Circa Waves - Get Away
Yet another fine prospect to emerge from Liverpool recently, Circa Waves, who only formed earlier this year. Furious beats, big melodies and a pure power pop chorus. This band are set to take 2014 by storm make no bones about that.
7) Telegram - Follow
One of the most exciting new live bands around, they effortlessly combine their love of Eno, Barrett, krautrock and late proto-punk to great effect and the results are stunning.
8) DUMB - Dive
Dumb are a four piece band from Birmingham signed to One Beat Records the label the The Charlatans Jon Brookes (RIP) founded. This band are all big riffs, big choruses, and big energy.
9) The Struts - I Just Know
A relentless riff and a pretty damn impressive John Lennon impression from lead singer Luke Spiller define this debut release from Derby four-piece The Struts. No reinvention of the wheel here – just great rock and roll spirit and unflappable belief shining through in abundance. The Struts play This Feeling's Big in 2014 @ Queen of Hoxton (London) Jan 11th.
10) The Delaplains - Bones
Manchester indie quartet The Delaplains are one of the city's best new bands. Emphatic and assured guitar pop rock with a life-affirming 60s feel, swirling Hammond organs, uplifting harmonies and super sweet soaring backing vocals. Top class.
11) Exit Calm - The Rapture
Hypnotic, at times frenzied post-rock with bruised and achingly heartfelt vocals taken from their majestic second LP 'The Future Isn't What It Used To Be'. Patiently building, like The Verve before them, their time shall come...
12) Life In Film - Carla
Taken from their forthcoming Stephen Street-produced album, there are echoes of Johnny Marr’s plucking majesty here and a wistful vocal from singer Sam Fry that exudes character. The debut album promises to be one of the best of the year when it finally lands…
13) The Sonik Seeds - English Rose
Formed in Leeds only last year, The Sonik Seeds are causing a bit of a fuss at the moment. Their first proper single, 'English Rose' (produced by Miles Kane guitarist George Moran), is the soundtrack to Georgia May Jagger's new Rimmel London advert and relentless gigging around has already won the band a dedicated following. Bursting with energy and punk attitude, and with more than a passing nod to 60s Mod music, it's a raucous, ragged and resolutely English affair with a relentless hooks that sticks in the mind instantly.
14) Young Kato - Break Out
The sheer quality of this Cheltenham six-piece's music makes mockery of their tender years. Debut single 'Something Real' is the kind of pulverizing super-slick indie pop that Bloc Party excel at; edgy, synth-soaked dance/rock with front man Tommy Young's ferocious vocals setting it a cut above the rest.
15) Mike Hughes - (That Girl Is) Misery
You may have heard Sheffield singer / songwriter Hughes in Steve Lamacq, Dermot O’Leary, Cerys Matthews and Mark Radcliffe shows or seen him on the road supporting Miles Kane. Recorded with Ross Orton, he of Arctic Monkeys and Drenge credits, and helped big time by Miles Kane, who not only took him on tour, but also lent him two of his band members, George Moran and Jay Sharrock. The music's dark, soulful, bluesy, melodic and bloody brilliant.
16) Findlay - Greasy Love
A gloriously unhinged helping of dark and menacing pop. Meaty guitars and throbbing synths form a classy backdrop to Natalie Findlay's raunchy, simmering vocals. This scuzzed up mayhem will drag into its twisted little world right from the get go. Like The Kills dunked in acid. Looking forward to the LP this year.
17) John Lennon McCullagh - 55 Blues
Signed to former Creation boss Alan McGee's new label 359 Records, massive things are expected of Doncaster's John Lennon McCullagh. Just sixteen years of age, rarely has a more natural talent been seen and his acoustic-strumming, harmonica-wielding ways have been impressing all that cross his path lately, including Sheffield legend Richard Hawley ('The real deal'), Jake Bugg and, bizarrely, Courtney Love. Wonderfully bruised and world weary vocal delivery that makes a mockery of his tender years.
18) Kasabian - Last Trip
Regulars at This Feeling from the off Kasabain are not a new new band but seeing as we nicked the name of our club night from this song (and each club night finishes on this song), it's only right Kasabian are included in this play-list. One of the best live bands around and with their 5th LP on the way, this band just get better and better (and bigger and bigger).
Other bands to check out who are yet to be listed on Spotify are; Trampolene, The Bohicas, Fever, Two Weeks Running, Towns, The Sugarmen, The Tapestry, Pusher, Arthur Gun, PenguinsRising (Zak Starkey's new band, amazing!), The Watchmakers, Jeff Wootton, and Storms.