Tribes – Nightdriving / Useless God
Tribes are four English guys, who have been once again christened ‘the future of (indie) rock’n’roll’ (doesn’t this remind us of the saviours of rock and roll, also known as the Strokes?). Don’t know whether they’re the heirs of such a genre, but I cannot deny they’ve got the genius for the indie music scene. They’ve been around for a bit, and you can also get their Live EP for freesubscribing to their website, and if you’re keen on indie rock, they may be your cup of tea.
Going from Mystery Jets’ most melancholic tunes to Turner and Monkeys ballads, they condense the best of English indie scene up to date. Sad and mostly acoustic, ‘Nightdriving / Useless God’ also surprises the listener with some falsetto and nostalgic atmosphere.
Weird Shapes – Light / Blue Sky at Night
Sometimes the name of a band can say a lot about it, as Weird Shapes can easily exemplify. Already spotted by BBC 6 and featured on the Sentric Music Podcast, Weird Shapes will be playing live during the tail-end of 2011, after the release of the debut single ‘Light/Blue Sky at Night’.
This English quintet shaped its own sound, blending in some oriental influenced tunes, conventional guitar/percussions, keyboard and dreamy voices. Everything is uniformly blended, especially the voices, which as echoes are mixed with synths and guitars, with some drums in the background to shape the rhythm. The voice itself is nothing more than echoes and choirs, creating an ambient/post- resemblance, which cannot be placed in a particular genre.
Veronica Falls – Bad Feeling
Last, but not at least, some Veronica Falls. This London based four-piece doesn’t need any presentation, getting a good amount of hype on the Net, with a pretty strong fanbase, thanks to which the band is playing with Drums and Dum Dum Girls next autumn in the US/Canada/Iceland tour (check the dates on the official website).
‘Bad Feeling’ is pure old school rock and roll, dirty and bluesy, exploiting the fascinating female vocals (and male backing vocals) to take us back to a grind-house movie, creating a song that would suit the soundtrack of a Tarantino flick.