You know the deal. Every year, there are lists upon lists of bands who people think will make it big in that particular year. Often, these lists can be quite accurate with the more prolific likes of BBC’s Sound of… and other big music websites often getting it right. Here at All Things Loud we predicted that Temples, The Family Rain and Saint Raymond would make it big in 2014, although the results definitely varied with Temples ultimately coming up most successful. We’ve spent the last few days furiously thinking about who will hit it big in 2015, and by reading on you can find out who we’ve tipped.
Our first One’s to Watch are the Yorkshire-quintet Marmozets, fronted by the brutal-yet-sweet Becca MacIntyre. Although 2014 has been a pretty good year for them, we think that 2015 will be even bigger, which is why we think that you ought to watch their progression from playing small, sweaty clubs to playing the big rooms around the world. Earlier this year we ran a feature on Marmozets, when they were our Rising Stars for September. After releasing their debut album this autumn, they’ve toured relentlessly across Europe and America with their fiercely energetic live show. The likes of the chaotic Vibetech and sublime Why Do You Hate Me? are two of the best songs we’ve heard all year. 2015 will be a massive year for Marmozets, just wait and see.
On an end of the music spectrum totally opposite to the one we find Marmozets are the Candian indie poppers Alvvays. Pronounced ‘always’, frontwoman and guitarist Molly Rankin’s serene voice intertwines beautifully with her bands mixture of synths, fuzzy guitars and low-fi drums. Archie, Marry Me encompasses the most beautiful chorus of 2014 by a long shot, with its calm intro and sudden surge of precise instrumentation swallowing you up completely and taking you on a journey through the beauty of music. Their whole debut is some kind of wonder, as Adult Diversion and Next of Kin get you dancing as much as Party Police gets you crying. They’re currently flying the flag for sublime low-fi indie pop, so don’t be surprised if you start hearing much more of them in 2015.
All three of our One’s to Watch are female-fronted groups, with London-quartet Wolf Alice’s surge on the mainstream scene having already started this year with a spate of successful singles and EPs. They didn’t even release a debut album without becoming the most blogged about band of 2013, with 2014 seeing them play a whole host of successful festival sets at the likes of Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds. Their scrawny mixture of grunge and indie rock perfectly accompanies vocalist Ellie Roswell’s silky smooth voice. They’re already on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist, with 2015 set to be a big year for them in which their debut album will finally see the light of day. Watch this space, Wolf Alice are bringing rock back to the masses.
If these 3 bands aren’t enough for you, then there are a whole host of other bands who could also do big things next year. One of those is the unsigned psych-quintet Kassassin Street, who we recently featured as one of our Rising Stars. Debut single The Royal Handkerchief Ballet also made it into our Top 50 Best Songs of 2014. Alongside them, you could suggest that alternative rockers Gengahr and the absurd Fat White Family will also see success next year. On the rougher side of things you’ll also find Canadians Viet Cong, whereas Dutch indie folk group Sue the Night, London psych-poppers Beaty Heart and Portland folk rockers Greylag are also likely to do well. 2015 could even be the year that indie rockers Spector finally do something big, having slightly died down following a successful debut album. If that’s not enough for you, then just keep reading our monthly Rising Starts column, which re-commences in January.