Perhaps the most famous brand of music in the world seems to be running on empty. Having said that, there are some who manage to keep the fire burning a little longer. Here are some of the newest and most exciting guitar bands in circulation today.
Palma Violets: Raw melodic saviors or just another generic buzz band? Ruthless, collective and savage, Palma Violets capture the same threads sewn by The Libertines, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and early Kings Of Leon to set them in a diverse, post rock tapestry of tessellating treble guitar and post-punk discourse. London’s newest sons still run in unison with the hype that follows them, but their music will filter away any pending criticism for the time being. For now, they’re to be analysed, depicted and appreciated.
Check out: ‘Best Of Friends’.
Toy: Cimmerian, nebulous and aphasic, or just an alternative side in the discipline of guitar bands? An assorted mix of Horrors-like reverberation and Bombay Bicycle Club-esque pixilated harmony, Toy are a mix of desperation, resentment and inclination. And with this, Toy make themselves a profitable choice in the alternative indie market. Tie dyed post-punk explosions and paint splatters of psychedelic utopianism expedite Toy as one of the most interesting new bands in the country.
Check Out: ‘Lose My Way’, ‘Dead And Gone’.
The Cast Of Cheers: I’m a sucker for dancey, twiddled math rock, and The Cast Of Cheers are no remedy for my affliction, only a newly discovered symptom. After a quiet release of debut album Chariot in 2010, the Dublin based four-piece put their foot on the gas and have looked to speed things up a bit for the rest of the year, releasing their second record Family, earlier this summer. Jerky, disintegrated guitar melodies vapour over hullabaloo vocals and layered dance rhythmic patterns, The Cast Of Cheers reminisce the sounds of bands like Everything Everything, Hunting Grounds and Alpine, and ghost over any impression that they’re just a group of washed up actors from an 1980’s sitcom.
Check Out: ‘Animals’, ‘Human Elevator’.
Metz: Feedback, check. Amps, check. Animalistic propensity for noise and distortion, double check. Metz, probably the angriest Canadians in the world, provide the roots of guitar music stripped down to the splintered, experimental post-punk bones. Signed to the legendary Sup Pop Records, Metz chapter dangerous, callow songs that bring out the skeletal, unrefined best of guitar music. Loud, incomprehensible, sadistic, fragmented, loose and almost unlistenable. And that’s why we love them.
Check Out: ‘Negative Space’.
Pins: Unlike most modern bands, who spend most of the time bent over their production team with their arses in the air, Pins stay stood up straight with one hand over their mouths and other giving the two finger salute to modern society. Remaining silent, they let their music do the talking. Another variety on the usual Manchester sound, the four-piece brandish an impure melancholy of vibrato indie rock and disfigured post-punk harmonies. Effortless, energetic rock songs carved from stone, and twice as cold.
Check Out: ‘Shoot You’, ‘LUVU4LYF’.