Katie P is a rock journalist, club DJ and radio presenter who works for Kerrang! Magazine, and has previously leant her pen and voice to NME.com, Metal Hammer, Radio One and XFM. With 10 years experience in the biz as a new music scout and reporter, she’s driven to give smaller bands a leg up into the competitive world of rock ‘n’ roll.
Check out the tunes Katie P picked for this month:
01. Young Guns – Bones: The title track of the band’s latest album that came out earlier this year, this song is simply one of the greatest singles to have reached my ears in 2012. Epic, powerful, catchy, moving – this is Young Guns at their best. Sing along with me... "I feel it in my bones!"
02. My Preserver – King Jesus: One of my big tips for 2012 (and 2013), these London newcomers are driven, serious, earnest and important – without at any point being stale or boring. Part Muse, part funk-rock, part political soap box – check them out now!
03. Black Moth – Blackbirds Fall: Leeds four-piece combining ‘60s psychedelia with doom, grunge and crusty rock. Fronted by the crooning Harriet Bevan, they’re something different in the UK hard music landscape. On tour this month!
04. Crossfaith – Stars Faded In Slow Motion: Japanese metal crew currently out around the UK supporting While She Sleeps. They’re mental, stylish, heavy as hell and can turn any venue into a steamy moshpit. Class.
05. Invaders – Hummingbird: Australian rock collective (who relocated to London to seek their fortune). Electronics combine with haunting vocals to make one seriously delicious aural offering.
06. The Blackout – Start The Party: First new single from the band’s upcoming new album (due out in January 2013), this is pure ‘Blackout fun. Gang vocals, upbeat chaos – like Andrew W.K. sliding down a rainbow into a pot of sunshine... in Wales.
07. Feed The Rhino – Call Of The Town: Brutal Kent kings of hardcore riffing, their new album The Burning Sons came out earlier this year and is a ear-melting example of how fantastic the current UK heavy music scene is. Turn it up.
08. Don Broco – Actors. Taken from the band’s debut album Priorities, this is just one of many seriously catchy tunes on the record that you’ll end up yodeling in the shower tomorrow morning. "This really takes the biscuit..."
09. Empress – Left In Awe: Really interesting, different, spacey proggy Brit metal newcomers. Soaring vocals,delicate dynamics and complex instrumentals, they’re among a whole host of bands from the Reading area who are pushing the limits of technicality, noise and guitar dexterity. See www.facebook.com/Empressband.
10. Lower Than Atlantis – Love Someone Else: Taken from the band’s new album Changing Tune, this track proves how far these once brutal-hardcore lads have come. Distinctly British and packed with clever modern melody and lyricism, LTA now have a style all of their own.
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