New York is the worlds capital of cool for so many reasons, from the breath taking skyline to the stylish bars, high fashion to art, but above all NY has churned out some of the greatest bands the world has ever heard; The Strokes, KISS, The Velevet Underground, Talking Heads, Blondie, Interpol, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Sound System, Television, The Ramones I really could go on for ever. But whats new in The Big Apple, that’s what we really wanted to know. So we asked our good friends over at Paper Cup Music and the bands there each gave us an act that are killing it in New York right now. So here it is, 5 New York bands you need to hear in 2016, courtesy of Paper Cup Music;
“Awesome power pop made up of 1/2 of Dirty Fences and one member of Nancy. Super poppy catchy punk songs with awesome Ramones-esque harmonies, Jay Reatard melodies and killer stage presence. Great as a 3 piece or a 2 piece. Keeping it real playing whatever, whenever and keeping the New York vibe alive.”
Surf Rock is Dead
“There’s so much great music coming out of NYC right now – bands like Honduras, Public Access T.V, Sunflower Bean – but hands down we’re most excited about our pals Surf Rock is Dead. They’ve been building this buzz in the city over the past year and just dropped their first EP “SRiD”. Their only a three piece but make this enormous sound – killer guitar/bass interplay, plus those vocal harmonies are over the top. They’re our homies and we can’t wait to see what they do in 2016.”
“High energy fueled garage rock at it’s finest, inspired by hard hitting 60’s garage and late 70’s punk, blending bluesy psychedelic elements that is sure to melt your face. These NYC based California boys recently signed to Daptone Records rock imprint ‘WICK Records’ and you best bet, their next record will be fire!”
“Been listening to this one on repeat. The quiet/loud dynamic fits Jeff’s voice perfectly. We also shot a video for this song, featuring a very calm punk.”
Head of Paper Cup Music Magnus on NY Psych Punks Acid Dad
“This infectious Psych-rock quartet have a brash, energetic swagger, with the songs and melodies to back it up.”
Author: Jake McGloin
With acts like Hozier and Soak making real ground over the past year and into 2015 already, it’s looking good for Irish acts. It’s a scene that’s blowing up right under our noses but it’s hardly surprising with the immense talent this great island has already produced. But, St.Patricks day’s already gone, you’ve had all your Irish classics from U2 to The Dubliners, so here’s 5 Irish Acts (Republic and Northern) that are going to Break 2015.
Leaders of Men (Dublin)
The Post Punk vibes of ‘Leaders of Men’ make them one of the most interesting Alt rock bands in a while. A heart felt and emotional sound backed up by big noise. They’re a stadium ready band for fans of acts like The Walkmen and Interpol.
The Clameens (Derry)
Melodic, soulful and simply clever song writing, that’s what sets The Clameens apart. Catchy riffs that bring to mind BBBC, along with heart felt melodies and tight harmonies make for addictive Indie rock from a band that seem to be growing in stature by the day, with an ever expanding fan base on home turf.
Death In The Sickroom (Dublin)
This Dublin four piece released their debut single ‘Tonight’ last year and have been picking up speed since. Sounding like something straight out of Manchester in the 80’s, a real James vibe added in with Smiths style guitars are a recipe perfect Indie pop.
Ryan Vail (Derry)
This beautifully produced project from Derry based Ryan Vail crafts soft electronic with a shoegaze style highlighted throughout. This beautifully produced sound flows perfectly with hints of melancholy and hope all at the same time. A unique, dark blend of synth created by Vail and Katie Cosgrove, it’s a breath taking effort.
Dublin’s all girl rock band, Spines, export a sound that’s pure garage through and through. It’d be easy to draw comparisons to Dum Dum Girls or early Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, but there’s something a little more sincere in their sound, packed with punk and carefully planned riffs in every direction.