Jay Burfield tells us his selection of the best 9 up and coming Yorkshire bands…
1. KALIFORNA ZIPPER
3-Piece classic rock band from Sheffield, taking influences from the likes of Foo Fighters and Queens of The Stone Age. Something that seems to missing from today’s music scene, particularly in Yorkshire is hard classic rock, this is something Kalifornia Zipper definitely seems to have tapped into, rich with bluesy riffs and strong vocals. Welcome to KZ country…
FFO: Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, QOTSA
2. THE SICKBOY METHOD
Sheffield based 4-piece indie punk band. They take inspiration from mercury prize winners IDLES, Heavy Lungs and Royal Blood. High energy and emotional live performances guarantee a show that will stick in your memory for time to come. Everything you would expect from a young punk band; quick riffs, bass-driven, feedback, sweaty and passionate, with plenty more to give in the future.
FFO: SLAVES, Marmozets, IDLES
4-piece indie emo rock band based in Sheffield. Make good use of bouncy vocals with a good variety of both heavier and gentle riffs. It’s hard to put this band into a set ‘category’ but that’s what makes their sound so interesting, could arguably say that there is a strong American influence in sound but they definitely remain strong in the British rock sound.
FFO: Modern Baseball, The Story So Far, Turnover
Sweetness are a 3-piece, upbeat rock and roll band based in Doncaster. Jangly Johnny Marr chord progressions, and funky bass maybe from before their time, and catchy hooks. They take inspiration from as far back as 1950’s rock and roll such as Eddie Cochran, and more recently bands from the 70’s such as The Cure and The Smiths. Good proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks, injecting a new life into an older style of music.
FFO: The Housemartins, The Smiths, Roy Orbison
Doncaster based 4-piece indie rock and roll band, taking big influences from big guitar bands from the ’90s, such as Oasis and The Stone Roses, giving a true reflection and bread and butter of their indie sound. A band that isn’t afraid to give it some whilst remaining melodic where it needs to be. Jumping crowds of young teenagers at their shows definitely show that guitar music isn’t dead amongst younger crowds.
FFO: The Twang, The Courteeners, The Snuts
6. SUB MACHINE
7. JUMPER BOY
FFO: This Town Needs Guns, FOALS, Interpol.
8. CAFE ASPEN
Self-described as ” a new euphoric sound putting a dark edge on modern indie music, with spacey riffs and anthemic choruses’ Cafe Aspen hail from our home city of Sheffield.
FFO: Interpol, The Strokes, The Smiths, Pixies.
9. CALVIN RODGERS
Hailing from Doncaster, local troubadour Calvin Rodgers has been playing and writing music for a number of years. Now accompanied by homogeneously inclined musical friends, Calvin has embarked on an exploration of sonics, proving to be well worth the formation.
FFO: 1960s, Britpop Rock and Country, Bedroom pop.