With Glastonbury so closethat I can almost feel my ears start ringing, I have not turned my lovely little iPod off in months. No, but really, the damn thing has been glued to my hands so that I can absorb as much new music before the festival as humanly possible. And with so many new bands currently occupying the space in my heart, I felt it necessary to share what I have discovered:
Fleet Foxes – I cannot believe that it took Glastonbury for me to start listening to Fleet Foxes, but I am so very glad that I have because I have fallen in love. I’m usually on the lukewarm side when it comes to folksy music, but there is something about Fleet Foxes that stole my heart. Whether its lead singer Robin Pecknold’s vocals or their brilliant use of vocal harmonies, I’ve not been able to get their songs out of my head. Listen to one of my favorite’s below, but also check out ‘Batterie Kinzie’, ‘Lorelai’ and ‘Montezuma’.
Cults – My good friend, Melissa, first introduced me this band last year after she heard them play in Austin, Texas. The song? ‘Go Outside’ – please check it out below. When I saw their name on the Glasto lineup, I had my confirmation that there must be more songs by them out there, and sure enough, their debut album was just released last Tuesday. It’s absolutely terrific and I cannot wait to both hear and learn more about this up and coming indie band.
Elbow – Elbow is one of the bands that has been huge in the UK for decades, but that I had never heard of until I moved here. While they have a bit of an older sound to their music, their lyrics are pretty damn amazing and they have a sound that I am definitely warming up to with every listen. Plus, they make fantastic use of choirs (yay!) in their songs, as displayed below:
The Wombats – Definitely a more pop-esque group and remind me slightly of a British version of Fall Out Boy. However, the catchiness of their songs is undeniable and I was instantly hooked.
The Vaccines – I first heard The Vaccines’ ‘If You Wanna’ while watching an episode of Gossip Girl. No joke. I downloaded the song immediately and on repeat it went. A few days later I was skimming the line up for Glastonbury and became giddy with excitement when I noticed that they would be playing. An indie rock band hailing from right here in London, The Vaccines have a sound that sounds like something straight out of the 60’s…but in a good way. I’ve been listening to their debut album, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? non-stop. Check out the song I mentioned below, but also give ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’, ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ and ‘Under Your Thumb’ a shot.
Other bands that I have been listening to? Two Door Cinema Club, The Gaslight Anthem, The Low Anthem, Warpaint and Friendly Fires. Fingers crossed the schedules don’t clash I will get to see each of these bands at Glasto. Two weeks to go!