Monday, December 29

Take my picture by the pool 'cos I'm the next big thing. (a.k.a Tips for 2009)

. Monday, December 29

Florence and The Machine
As accessible as she is eccentric, flame haired Florence Welsh has 2009 there for the taking. Alongside her band The Machine she creates an unrestrained and uplifting melodramatic pop sound and boasts an astounding voice that will enamour all that come across it. Having already released two singles in 2008 (‘Kiss With A Fist’ and ‘Dog Days’) Florence will release her debut album in 2009 produced by Klaxons and Arctic Monkeys main man James Ford. As if to add more certainty to her impending success Florence will be opening the NME Awards tour in January and receive the Brit Award Critics Choice award in February. Trust us, this will be huge.

Passion Pit
Passion Pit hail from Cambridge, Massachusetts and like MGMT look set to take eccentric-pop to a stratospheric popular level. Comprising elements of Prince and The Postal Service through Hot Chip and Flaming Lips Passion Pit are incredibly easy to fall in love with and to. The bands ‘Chunk Of Change’ EP hints at huge potential with tracks like ‘Sleepyhead’ and ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ transporting the listener to a far out state of magic and intergalactic wonder. Passion Pit tour in February with fellow Gigwise tips Hockey in a show not to be missed.

La Roux
Little Boots might get all the headlines in ’09 but we have a sneaky feeling La Roux will be making all the best beats. Hailing from Brixton, La Roux was originally set to be a singer/ songwriter (yawn) before a producer friend urged her to embrace the 80’s music she loved and make attention grabbing music. Doing exactly that pricked the ears of French dance gurus Kistune and they released the single ‘Quicksand’ in December. Her love for Human League and Blondie alongside The Knife and Chromeo is clear for all to hear. With a radio friendly pop aesthetic mixed with dancefloor ready tunes La Roux is a seriously cool contender.

Golden Silvers
This one could go either way. On the one hand Golden Silvers finely crafted sunny pop songs could break big in 2009 and soundtrack the Summer festival season and have Radio 1 on speed dial, on the other hand their lack of a guitars and off kilter outlook could see them bypassed by the record buying and see them side tracked like their brothers in arms Mystery Jets. Either way though Golden Silvers look set to make uplifting, life affirming music about young love and continue with their successful London club night Bronze.

Brody Dalle, Ex-Distillers front woman and Mrs Josh Homme, has been frustratingly quiet for the past few years. All that will end in 2009 however when she returns with her new band Spinnerette. The bands sound is distinctly familiar to Distillers fans but more mature at the same time. Dalle’s rasping howl has been replaced by a smoother croon (though she assures fans the shriek will return after 6 months on the road). An albums worth of material has been written and recorded with QOTSA guitarist Alan Johannes including ‘Valium Knights’- an early stand out track.

Other bands to keep an eye on.
White Lies, Hockey, Mumford and Sons, Temper Trap, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Twisted Wheel, Telepathe, Titus Andronicus, Sky Larkin, Filthy Dukes, Pulled Apart By Horses, Gold Teeth, Little Boots, Lady GaGa, Ox Eagle Lion Man, Baddies, Wet Paint, Flashguns, Three Trapped Tigers, Ipso Facto, Fan Death, Everything Everything.




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