So I've been away preparing my tips for 2009 (not to be confused with the [futuresounds] blog) and to be honest, I'm still not entirely sure who I'll include. I've also set up a [Twitter] and a [tumblr]. I'm not sure I like tumblr all that much but Twitter is quite cool and I'm quite active on it. Oh and here's an appropriate lolpic that I made for today, a lolbama as my friend Anna noted:
If you have something against "ones to watch" lists then you might want to look away now. I can't be bothered to argue about the merits of such a list, to me it's just another interesting aspect of the music industry.
Anyways, after last year's reasonably successful predictions, I'll be continuing in the same format. This mean that there'll be 12 choices: 4 hyped, 4 KHI faves and 4 newbies that I've never posted about here. I'll be writing about 1 of each category per post so it'll be a four part series. I was tempted to include a longlist but seeing as I'm not quite sure who I'm going to write about, I might put it in the final post. There will be no mention of Florence & The Machine because I think she's a twat.
If you haven't noticed the morbidly attired and expressioned trio White Lies lately then clearly you've been staring at Little Boots too long. Can't blame you really. Nonetheless, White Lies have always had a fair bit of buzz around them, read more about that in [my interview] with their drummer, Jack. It's a bit strange for me to see their rise - I saw them as Fear Of Flying multiple times (including their earliest gigs as The Flow) and Charles was in the year below me at school - but I can envisage them playing stadiums by next year. Whether stardom awaits or not may be judged by the sales of their debut long player, 'To Lose My Life', out this week. Listen to it in full on their [MySpace].
WHITE LIES - TO LOSE MY LIFE (BBC RADIO 1 LIVE LOUNGE)
WHITE LIES - LOVE LOCKDOWN (BBC RADIO 1 LIVE LOUNGE KANYE WEST COVER)
Fight Like Apes
I've mentioned Oirish fight-poppers Fight Like Apes on this blog several times but not enough. I like their chutzpah. Hyperactive, bullish and altogether awesome, they're ready to take over the world. But no-one's really noticed yet. Well apart from their native pals with a Choice Music Prize nomination for their debut album. That album will be released next week in the UK and having heard it, I approve greatly. Synth-punk (it's better than it sounds) at its finest, take notice.
FIGHT LIKE APES - SNORE BORE WHORE (SPHERICAL MIX) (with thanks to [Maps Magazine] for the original download)
Red Light Company
To be honest, when I first heard Red Light Company, I thought they were a bit naff (naff is stylish lingo for not very good). But then I kept coming back to one of their tracks, 'With Lights Out'. Comparisons to Arcade Fire and Editors seem a tad over the top, I'm thinking more Snow Patrol at their most epic. Which is no bad thing. Soaring pop hits.
RED LIGHT COMPANY - BE THE ONE (THE TING TINGS LIVE COVER)