Ahead of the 10th edition of Sound City, Getintothis’ Ryan Craig and Lorna Dougherty dig deep to bring you the best new acts at this year’s Sound City.
With all the seasoned headliners and established names announced for Sound City, you’d be forgiven for unwittingly skipping over a few newcomers.
The festival, already renowned for showcasing emerging talent, once again hosts an abundance of fresh faces, including the likes of many a Liverpool local.
Ali Horn, Pixey, FUSS, Queen Zee & The Sasstones will all be on show. Familiar names to those who know their local music scene.
Of course, it’s without question that household names such as The Kooks and The Cribs will draw in the bigger crowds, but it’s within the smaller fonts of the poster that houses the gems.
Now, in no particular order, here are the top new acts to see in Sound City 2017.
10. FUR: The Cavern Stage, Saturday May 27, 4.25pm
Appearing on behalf of the Edge Hill label showcase, FUR are well recognised for their ability to work in a poetic style whilst providing love songs that reflect the embodiment of heartbreak in youth culture and music.
With their latest single Trying fresh off the presses, the four piece are sure to continue what will be an incredible summer full of 60s infused indie pop.
9. AE MAK: The Cavern Stage, Saturday May 27, 5pm
AE MAK will be bringing their fiery live performance to Sound City for the first ever time, treating us to their impressive visuals and tight vocal harmonies all in their signature perky style.
The duo’s bright and bubbly pop songs suggests great things to come, and is not one to be missed down at the docks.
8. Wuzi: The Cavern Stage, Saturday May 27, 7pm
In a nutshell, Wuzi are alternative-y, rock-y shoegazing goodness. If you dig Placebo, and grunge and maybe a little bit of Abandoned Pools, Wuzi are the ones to see.
The four piece psych-rock band have already garnered a bit of attention, becoming winners of Indie Week Europe and headliners at Indie Week Festival 2016 in Toronto. Not bad.
7. Shijo X: Pirate Stage, Sunday May 28, 2.30pm
Okay, so only 1/4 new as of late, but hear us out.
After a few twists and turns, what originally started off as a duo has now evolved into a quartet of intricate sound. Enduring a switch up of bass guitarist, Shijo X continued to develop with their always experimental and very personal tracks. What Shijo X offers is much akin to Canadian band BadBadNotGood, accompanied by hip hop/jazz inspired beats and basslines added to the mix.
6. False Heads: Pirate Stage, Sunday May 28, 9.15pm
When Iggy Pop cites you amongst his favourite new bands on the back of your first single, you might start to feel the heat a little. Describing their sound as crack rock punk, their insanely catchy lo-fi riffs alongside Griffiths biting lyrics soon reached the ears of Libertine Gary Powell who didn’t hesitate to sign them to his own label.
5. Violet Contours: The Cavern Stage, Sunday May 28, 6.15pm
Violet Contours are Yorks newest Indie Pop band, and are making one hell of a stir. Their refreshing blend of lovable Indie Pop combined with influence from the likes of The Hunna and The 1975 (with a hint of African Grooves thrown in for good measure) makes for an irresistible new brand of Indie. From dancefloor fillers to more lighter-in-the-air stuff, Violet Contours have got every possible human feeling covered in their set.
4. Proletariat: Pirate Stage, Sunday May 28, 6.15pm
Not to be confused with The Proletariat. This fast and furious rock ‘n’ roll outfit from Manchester recently released debut single Mr Brown. The blistering punk guitar riffs that augment the sharp grungy vocals that could have come straight from the 70s, mixed with a dose of Slaves for completion.
3. Violet Youth: North Shore Troubadour, Saturday May 27, 11.45pm
Another 4-piece boy band you say? I think not. Violet Youth are re-branding classic rock. With their melancholy tracks, loads of reverb and synth elements. They are new Echo and The Bunnymen, dare we say it even The Cure, yet they retain a modern refreshin youth (no pun intended)
Recently touring with The View, and extensive trip round China, we are not the only people who are onto the young lads talent.
2. Fizzy Blood: The Cavern Stage, Sunday May 28, 8.30pm
A full force, indie, punk, grunge, rock 5 piece. The alternative Leed’s outift create for constant foot-tapping, and heavy headbanging. An addictive bass line hooks listeners, and distinct hooks keep them there.
Gathering a lot of attention from supporting While She Sleeps on their sold out tour they have been compared to that of Queen’s of The Stone Age.
1. Bang Bang Romeo: Pirate Stage, Saturday May 27, 4pm
Arguably not new, as their banger of a tune Johannesburg was released in 2015, but undoubtabley undiscovered. Bang Bang Romeo are all things 60 with a unique modern twist. “Hard Edged Fleetwood Mac” is what they have been labeled as. Drawing influences from many, and working with names such as acclaimed producer Chris Kimsey.