Fred Perry Subculture prides itself on finding the best new music and providing a platform where Fred Perry fans can actively seek out new sounds. 2014 has been a great year for new releases and emerging artists. Some of our favourites are listed below.
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Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Given the content of the UK charts these days, it's not often that our lists include a number one single, but 2014 kicked off with a British band we had filmed only a week before the end of 2013, knocking Pharrell Williams off the UK number one spot and staying there for weeks to come. It was clear that there was no place that Clean Bandit would rather be.
Slaves - Where's Your Car Debbie?
We were incredibly lucky to witness Slaves early on in their assault on 2014. Their performance at Dot to Dot was the stand-out set of the festival for us, proving that punk never dies. It just gets re-born. A quick ascension to radio airplay and a memorable performance on Jools Holland followed in the Summer months. With another album close to completion, Slaves will hopefully be making an even bigger noise in 2015.
PINS - Get With Me
PINS were the opening act for fellow Manchester noise makers, The Fall, at our last Sub-Sonic Live of 2014. Though we had seen PINS before at Dot to Dot, the band delivered new material and a more developed rawness. Highlights of their set included a superb cover of Misfits' 'Hybrid Moments' and this song, 'Get With Me'.
Temples - Mesmerise
Temples mesmerised the London crowd at Sub-Sonic Live in July. 'Sun Structures' was one of the stand out album releases of 2014, putting psychedelic pop glam back on the map, with moddish flair.
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
Wolf Alice reminded everybody in 2014 that a rock song can be a very beautiful thing. The epic vocal heights of 'Blush' were followed up swiftly with a contrasting but equally dynamic song, 'Moaning Lisa Smile' which was another of our favourite moments of this year's Dot to Dot festival.
Fat White Family - Auto Neutron
Fat White Family continued to amuse and terrify in equal measure throughout 2014 with their brand of skronk (a word attributed to music journalist Robert Christgau if you're curious). In march we were very happy to have them in our Sub-Sonic section, including this track. Their latest single, 'I Am Mark E. Smith' name checks the inimitable frontman of The Fall.
Jagwar Ma - Come Save me (Pachanga Jagwar Pawar)
Jagwar Ma brought their Madchester-down-under vibe to The Garage in London in September 2014, treating us to an incredible performance of their Pachanga Jagwar Pawar version of Come Save Me. If you missed out you can enjoy the video included here.
Childhood - As I Am
London band, Childhood broke on to the UK indie-pop scene good n' proper in the Summer of 2014 with their debut LP, 'Lacuna'. Here they are performing their big single 'As I Am' at Sub-Sonic Live in September.
Saint Agnes - Where The Lightning Strikes
One of the bands to be added to our Sub-Sonic profile later in the year, Saint Agnes make raw yet accessible, blues driven psychish rock. A rock act to watch in 2015.
Skinny Lister - Trouble on Oxford Street
With their unique rum-soaked blend of English folk and punk rock anarchy, Skinny Lister have been on the Fred Perry Subculture radar as the new Pogues, with a touch of Dropkick Murphys thrown in for good measure. Skinny Lister's forthcoming album Down on Deptford Broadway features their storming new track 'Trouble on Oxford Street'.
St Paul & The Broken Bones - Call Me
One of the unexpected great discoveries at 2014's Dot to Dot festival was St Paul & The Broken Bones who proved that soul was alive and kicking. The atmosphere in the packed out room during their set had people talking about it for weeks.
Amazing Snakeheads - Flatlining
Like Fat Whites, Amazing Snakeheads were another band reinventing rock n' roll in 2014. They graced our Sub-Sonic section back in April, with a profile that included this brilliant Nick Cave like rant of a song.
Saint Raymond - Everything She Wants
Making our list for the second year running, with the same song in fact, albeit a radical reworking and a bigger band. 2014 was another huge year for Saint Raymond. Filmed again at Dot to Dot.
Gorgon City - Ready For Your Love
Like Clean Bandit, another song that we witnessed and filmed at the end of 2013, before it became one of the bass music soundtracks of 2014, breaking into the mainstream soundscape.
Norma Jean Martine - Game over
Originally from New York, now residing in London, blues-tinged singer-songwriter Norma Jean Martine has a voice to die for. Her live performance of 'Game Over' is full of heartfelt power, and we're looking forward to new music from her in 2015.
The Merrylees - Forever More
Six Scottish lads make up The Merrylees, who opened at for us as Sub-Sonic Live earlier this year. Having already supporting the legendary Paul Weller, as well as Babyshambles, the band released their 'Forever More' single in 2014, the live vid for which you can view in the player.
Only Real - Take It From Me
Niall Galvin AKA Only Real, also is promising a debut album for 2015! His sound is truly unique, merging hip hop with psych/surf-pop, with rap-style vocals and summer rhythms.
Darlia - Pandemonium
These grunge-rockers from Blackpool also performed live at Dot to Dot Festival, delighting the crowd with 'Pandemonium,' which is taken from their forthcoming mini album Petals, due for release on23rd February 2015 through B-Unique.