New British Music
This post has a pretty lame name, I agree, but I think it will cover some important stuff in the music world. The UK used to be the center of rock, new wave, punk, post-punk, electronic, and many other types of music. Many influencial bands have originated on the islands, making it an incredibly important music hub.
For some reason, I have not paid much attention to the UK in the recent years. I am, by no means, against Coldplay, but I feel like too many groups have emulated their style, and that has gotten pretty boring. But there is a new wave of musicians coming out of England these days, and they should certainly be recognized globally.
A short list of bands that I think are going places:
Okay, now for my reasoning. Yes, several of those bands are already popular in the UK, but they are not recognized anywhere else yet, and that is why I mention them all in equal terms. Duke Spirit is an excellent post-punk revivalist band (sort of) ... they are edgy and bold. Check out a video of theirs here. The female vocals are an absolute plus!
The Dead 60s are fantastic as well. They remind me a lot of Gang of Four, minus the politics. Like a punkier GOF, or something. Very angular, quick, energetic, and good vocals. I really like Radio Riot, but all of their songs are great.
You all know about the Kaiser Chiefs, I'm sure. I also wrote about them before.
The Ordinary Boys are on the same label as the Chiefs, but they have a different song. It is a little bit like The Jam with a bit of a surf-music edge. I love (Little) Bubble.
Maybe Feeder shouldn't be on this list. They sound a lot like other English bands playing these days. Kind of like Athlete or something ... But they are not just a Coldplay rip-off, even though they tend to follow that trend. Check out their whole album here.
And yes, I know I'm leaving people out, and I am truly sorry. But this is a good start, I hope.