Fred Perry Subculture Presents: New Noise 2016. A guide to what we think 2016 could, and should sound like.
As time drives on, more and more artists are finding unique ways to blend the sounds of subcultures past to create something exciting and original. Whether it’s the transatlantic combination of 90s Grunge, Britpop and Madchester beats or the lo-fi techniques of 60s Garage and Psych coupled with avant-garde interpretations of Punk and Post-Punk attitudes.
After an amazing 2015, artists we’ve already covered such as Gengahr, Hinds, TRAAMS, Hooton Tennis Club & DMA’s (to name but a few) are all set to continue rocking and rising in 2016, we wanted to take some time out to showcase even more new talent that we think will explode in the coming year.
One of the most hyped bands of 2015, the noisy London Post-Punk trio have built up a reputation for immense and intense live shows, November 2015 saw the release of their second EP ‘No’ on Jack White’s Third Man Records.
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The Louisiana quartet are like a punked up version of Alabama Shakes, fronted by AJ Haynes, her vocals; screaming classic Southern Soul, Blues & Gospel; juxtapose perfectly against the groovy Garage riffs. Debut single ‘Necromancer/Take it Easy’ was released on Fat Possum Records in October.
Manchester based 4-piece that had the honour of being the first ever band played by Zane Lowe on his new Beats 1 Radio show earlier this year. Undoubtedly destined for bigger things in 2016; Spring King play Garage Pop with a healthy dose of Surf.
Tibet are an Indie Rock & Roll outfit from Wales that have risen from the ashes of the band Brothers, they released their debut EP 'Fridge' in August 2015. Sixties guitar pop inspired melodies, think classic Kinks and Beatles cuts, fused with anthemic choruses and a raucous indie rock attitude.
Definitely one for fans of The Wytches, Nottingham based trio Crosa Rosa play a culmination of Garage, Psych & Grunge, making music that is simultaneously blistering, loud and melodic. Enrapturing stuff.
Glistening indie-pop with that sunshine feel and a distinct 90s vibe. Viola Beach were a band we were eying for our Liverpool Sound and Manchester Sound blogs we ran earlier in 2015, but hailing from Warrington meant they lay somewhere between the two.
Indie Hip-Hop taking big musical cues from the likes of Ian Dury, Jamie T and to a lesser extent his genre spanning beats are reminiscent of King Krule too. Everybody is talking about Ratboy (aka Jordan Cardy) right now and there is no doubt he destined to be huge in 2016.
Lo-fi Grunge-Pop that is equal parts Elastica and Pixies, the London quartet have gained a lot of momentum in the latter half of 2015 whilst supporting the likes of The Vaccines and Ezra Furman, expect that momentum to continue into 2016.
Straight up catchy, hook-laden Indie Rock, they sound like The Last Shadow Puppets covering Oasis. They are currently being courted by a number of record labels and have their first UK headline tour in January 2016.
Self described as Britpop / Grunge Rock but the Bristol bands second release 'The Artful Dodger EP' plays more like rousing Indie Punk. Like The Libertines heavier moments ('Up The Bracket', 'Horrorshow' etc) but with the direct angsty lyrical delivery of classic British Punk bands.
Recently signed to Heavenly Records, Britain channel the likes of Cocteau Twins and PJ Harvey. They have supported label mates TOY and Stealing Sleep and recently played with The Wytches at Sub-Sonic Live.
Avant-Post-Punk madness that resembles the No-Wave scene and bands like Sonic Youth or even contemporaries like Slaves. Debut LP 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is blisteringly chaotic and listening to it will leave you ultimately satisfied.
Self described as '90's inspired Indie Pop feels, drenched in reverb n glitter' and they are absolutely spot on, the Mancunian outfit reclaim that B-town sound (Peace, Swim Deep, JAWS) and they'll no doubt be soundtracking your summer in 2016.
The London based quartet are the brainchild of frontman Mattie Vant and have had two songs feature as Annie Mac's 'Hottest Records In The World'. Their music is politically charged and full of heavy riffs, fuzzy guitars and catchy choruses.
Self styled singer-songwriter from Leicester who plays Aggressive Soul; a contemporary take on Classic Soul and the Motown sound; it's stripped back, raw and emotive. 2015 saw the release of his debut EP 'Blame It On Our Youth'.
Psychedelic Pop, contemporary Indie with a distinct 60s vibe. Hints of that Merseybeat sound and psyched out guitars. One of our favourites from the Manchester Sound piece we did earlier in 2015.
The London duo's sound is hard to define, they're like a less aggressive Sleaford Mods, with vocals evoking the likes of Ian Dury and Real Lies but backed by post-baggy pre-britpop Manchester beats.
One of our favourites from Dot to Dot 2015 we had Black Honey play Sub-Sonic Live in September. Despite having covered them extensively this year we feel the Post-Punk Psych Grungers are going to be massive in 2016, and as such are a perfect way to close of this list.