With the final line-up for the Pavement curated ATP announced, we find a typically underground selection from the indie legends. It might be a festival of discovery for some so over the next few posts we’ll try to pick out a few bands for you to keep an eye on, ones to avoid, and the odd song to give you an idea of what you’re getting in to.
Laid-back Californian rockers, with some Southern-rock pop songs.
Listen to: What’s it in for? (on last.fm)
Blitzen have songs ranging from pop rock replete with keyboards, drum-machines and crunchy guitar riffs, right down to simple folk songs, often with some catchy melodies.
Listen to: Crazy On You (on Spotify)
Broken Social Scene
Pretty, baroque indie songs.
Listen to: Lover’s Spit (on We7)
Their Latin tinged indie songs often evoke the memory of those Ennio Morricone scored Spaghetti-westerns, an inventive mix, and plenty of good songs to boot.
Listen to: Victor Jara’s Hands (on We7)
Mark E Smith’s mumbly singing style may not be for some, but he has an uncanny ability to find a brilliant tune, even if it sometimes sounds like it’s amidst the random noises and grumblings of a stroke victim. Their obliqueness and gargantuan back catalogue makes them a unique band in the history of modern music.
Listen to: Theme From Sparta FC (on We7)
Classic style singer-songwriter with a jazz influence… and a piano
Listen to: No Easy Way Down (on We7)
Mission Of Burma
These veteran indie rockers have a sound somewhere in the middle of Husker Du-style punk and The Undertones.
Listen to: Dirt (on We7)
A monstrous hard-rock three-piece.
Listen to: Summers and Autumns (on last.fm)
More to come tomorrow, folks!