2017 looks set to be the year of the British guitar bands. Our various British music City guides unearthed some real gems across 2016.
Our round-up below defines the cream of new British talent. Bands that will definitely become part of your playlists across 2017 and beyond.
Welcome to the British New Wave:
Anti-establishment, social commentators, the Manchester post-punkers released a trilogy of EP's this year. One of the key bands set to emerge in 2017.
Taking influences from British punk circa ’76. And rebooting it for a new generation. Capturing the essence of disaffected youth.
TRUDY & THE ROMANCE
Well crafted vintage indie pop songs, with the rough and readiness of garage rock. Self-described as mutant 50s pop.
London 4-piece recently signed to Rough Trade, playing dark and guttural indie.
17-year-old singer-songwriter with a true voice. Indie that's topical, political and relevant.
Experimental, energetic post-punk - remixed with Glam and re-presented as some of the best live shows in the UK.
Spaced out indie with hints of surf, garage and psych - recently signed to Heavenly Recordings.
Classic hook-laden indie rock from Scotland who previously featured on our Glasgow Sound blog.
The UK rap starlet who's been taking the scene by storm with her razor-sharp rhymes.
Infectious indie rock n roll from the west midlands trio with a big buzz around them right now.
Trip-hop style electronic elements with Jazz beats and soulful vocals. Produced by his flat-mate and collaborator King Krule.
SHE DREW THE GUN
Atmospheric indie pop that featured on our Liverpool Sound blog and rightful winners of the Glastonbury emerging talent competition this year.
Heavy indie rock n roll that's ready to fill stadiums. Their track 'In My Mind' was chosen by us as one of 2016's Best Music Moments.
Post-punk taking cues from Mark E Smith and following firmly in footsteps of Fat White Family.
3 sisters from London making funky, 80's, synth-driven electronica.
Psychedelic-tinged folk-pop with wonderful vocal harmonies and strings, based in the former docklands of East London.
Sweaty, frenetic indie punk with fresh lyrics that shine a spotlight on modern life. Read our playlist & interview with them here.
90s baggy beats with brass and old school hip-hop vibes. Shades of early Beck are apparent too.
Contemporary punk signed to Gary Powell's label and approved by Iggy Pop. Read our interview & playlist with them here.
Captivating electro-pop from the first solo venture of Hot Chip's drummer Sarah Jones.
Brighton shoe-gazing garage trio fronted by The Big Moon’s Soph Nathan.
Dark, romantic indie pop, the trio worked with grammy winning producer Jim Abbiss on their eagerly awaited debut album.
Chaotic, distorted, contemporary post-punk quartet, sharing similar musical DNA to Girl Band, HMLTD and Slaves.
Punk-infused Indie pop brimming with swagger and attitude, earning favourable comparisons to Australian counterpart Courtney Barnett.
Noisy London punk trio, who featured on our New Noise 2016 blog, look set to continue their meteoric rise following critical acclaim over their debut 'Alas, Salvation'.
One of The Strokes Julian Casablancas new favourite bands. Respectfully borrowing a little choreography from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ check out INHEAVEN’s recent track ‘Treats’.
TRAAMS remain one of the most successfully experimental guitar bands on the scene. See them in early 2017, touring with Bo Ningen.
For fans of ‘Gish’ era Smashing Pumpkins and early Hole. Grunge influenced British alternative rock.
Boyfriend, girlfriend duo Ben Thompson and Meg Williams started Luxury Death as a hobby, but before long the band had become a fully fledged project, sounding like a modern British Sonic Youth.
BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE
Another exciting rock n roll guitar band to sign to Gary Powell’s excellent label, 25 Hour Convenience Store.
Unrelenting hard new-wave/post-punk five-piece with a penchant for brutalist architecture.
THE BIG MOON
Demonstrating their reserved yet emotive brand of guitar based indie-rock, ’Formidable’ appears on The Big Moon’s debut album ’Love In The 4th Dimension’.
For fans of Mark E. Smith (the man, and Fat White Family’s ode to him).
‘Hating is Easy’, but it’s hard not too like Cassels’ combination of heavy monolithic guitar riffs and indie sensibility.
A young singer-songwriter with a soaring high altitude voice. Catch him on his headline UK tour in Spring 2017.
A modern indie-pop band, Dantevilles’ ‘Perfect Place’ got them a slot in Subculture’s Manchester Sound - Part 2, earlier in the year. NME described the song as 'executed with spitting-cobra precision’.
‘Where I Am’ is the b-side to Girl Ray’s debut single ‘Trouble’, released through Moshi Moshi and selling out almost immediately. Dreamy harmonies and instantly endearing indie guitars.
Progressive neo-soul fusing jazz grooves with dark electronic elements.
New wave riot grrrl punks with a dash of electroclash, taking in diverse inspiration such as Blondie, Peaches, Spice Girls and Karen O.