As we enter the second half of January, now seems a good time to do a small roundup of the best new music we heard in January, from the likes of Gengahr, We Are Harlot, Pool, Nothing But Thieves and Peace. Read on for more.
GENGAHR – SHE’S A WITCH
Alternative indie rockers Gengahr have just come out with an early contender of Indie Anthem of the Year with She’s a Witch. It instantly pulls you in from the moment an opening refrain of “maybe she’ll sink, maybe she’ll fly” leaves your speakers. It’s the kind of song which will soundtrack festivals all summer long, something we believe will undoubtedly happen. In February they tour Europe with Alt J and Wolf Alice, but that’s just the beginning for these four London lads.
WE ARE HARLOT – DANCING ON NAILS
We Are Harlot, fronted by Asking Alexandria vocalist Danny Worsnop, are exactly what rock needs right now. Hell, they’re exactly what rock needed thirty years ago, that’s how great the 1980s rock scene is represented in brand new single Dancing on Nails. It’s not just the spiralling solos, chugging riffs and big choruses which do this – the accompanying music video is all long hair and leather as we see Worsnop fool around behind the scenes. It’s refreshing to see Worsnop take a step back and do something he’s wanted to do for a while, even if it does mean Asking Alexandria will take a step back.
POOL – INNERVISIONS
Back in October, German-trio Pool went on tour with indie rockers The 1975, taking in the length and breadth of Europe. With the new year well and truly underway, Pool have unveiled a heavily-danceable indie funk banger in the form of Innervisions. Its accompanying music video encompasses backstage and live footage from their 1975 tour, as we lose ourselves in its super catchy chorus.
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – BAN ALL THE MUSIC
If you haven’t heard of Nothing But Thieves yet, then prepare to start hearing the name around a lot more soon. This London-quintet are part of MTV’s Brand New list, a shortlist which also features the hotly tipped James Bay and the fantastic Saint Raymond. Nothing But Thieves may come across as your bog-standard rock band, but Ban All the Music’s blues-rock flecked riffs and grooves are enough to make them stand out. Look out world, Nothing But Thieves will be stealing your hearts one day soon.
PEACE – I’M A GIRL
As we anxiously count down the days until Peace’s second album Happy People is finally out, the indie foursome have put out another song from the record. I’m a Girl is very much Peace-by-numbers as frontman Harrison Kossier sings of being female over a mix of grungey riffs, polished indie licks and a catchy riff. We may have heard roughly half of the album already, but that doesn’t make us less excited.
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