This is my final Fresh Finds instalment of 2016, and what a year it has been! Since my summer edition I have made tonnes of great new discoveries, so I’ve narrowed my list down to the most significant finds. All the artists listed below are bound to be massive in 2017, so be sure to check them out! You will not regret it.
I am struggling to actually express my feelings towards Creeper in writing as no words will suffice to convey my sheer adoration. They are certainly doing well to fill the Fearless Vampire Killers shaped void that has scarred my life for the past few months. Everything about them appeals to every aspect of my being; the music, the image, the lyrical density. I was drawn in by the story and stayed for everything else.
Out of all the artists on my list, I have known of them the shortest, yet they have without a doubt had the biggest impact on me. The fans are incredible – I haven’t felt this at home within a fan base since FVK – and reading the mind-blowing theories is all part of the Creeper Cult experience. The depth of the band and their work is definitely reminiscent of My Chemical Romance – as many have pointed out – yet they are a band completely in their own right. I am immensely excited to see them for the first time in Cardiff next year.
Pretty Vicious rightfully stand alongside Creeper at the very top of my list as I already regard them as one of my absolute favourite bands (which is quite an achievement). It’s no surprise then that they hail from Wales, as the majority of my favourite bands do.
I can’t remember the exact moment I discovered them – I’m pretty sure I had read something about them a while before I listened – but I definitely know the first track I heard was Cave Song. It’s impossible to listen to Cave Song and not instantly fall head over heels. There was no acquiring of taste; the infatuation was instantaneous, as was the case with every song.
Like Pretty Vicious, I actually discovered The Sherlocks back in the summer, so I’ve been a fan for quite some time. Bran Cook (the drummer) followed me on twitter which prompted me to look into them and I wasn’t disappointed.
I was lucky enough to catch them at Leeds festival; the atmosphere was amazing. You definitely got the impression that you were experiencing the start of something massive. I can’t believe how much they have blown up during the short space of time I have been a fan, but they certainly deserve it.
Chistine and the Queens
I believe it was within the pages of Q Magazine that I first became actively aware of Christine and the Queens. Drawn in by image and backstory, I immediately turned to YouTube and listened to Tilted for what I thought was going to be the first time – turns out I already knew it. It’s one of those songs that, despite being relatively new, feels as though it has been around forever.
Back when the single was receiving tonnes of airplay, I remember not being too enthralled. Context can be extremely important when it comes to music, at least that’s the case with me. I often find myself enjoying music that might have gone completely over my head had I have not done my research before hand.