Here at Alt Corner we love discovering new bands and artists. A month into 2017 and there are already some great bands making waves in the music world and setting themselves up to have a great year. Here are just a few of the bands we think you should be keeping an eye on this year and adding to your playlists.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (Words: Sam Johnston)
I think it’s pretty clear to see that Carter has really upped his game with their new album ‘Modern Ruin’, he’s as crazy as Prodigy’s enigmatic Keith Flint. If you’re into music such as speed metal with energetic and electric performances this band are for you.
Their new album ‘Modern Ruin’ is absolutely fucking brilliant. It’s an angry, crazy and sad view of the world around us with lyrics such as ‘I see a baby lying face down in the tide and I see thousands of souls begging for their fucking lives’ Carter clearly wants to paint a harrowing yet true picture that most people prefer to turn a blind eye too and I have no doubt in my mind that 2017 will be a big year for this powerful electric band.
They start a world tour Wednesday 25th January in Barcelona finishing in Copenhagen 24th June and tickets are selling out fast with London already being sold out. You can get your tickets here: https://www.andtherattlesnakes.com/
Puppy (Words: Laura Brown)
2016 wasn’t a bad year for Puppy, but 2017 could be the year the band creep in to more people’s musical knowledge. The slightly grungy, 90s-esque band have already been announced as one of the supports for Creeper, on what is sure to be one of the biggest tours of the year and will undoubtedly be making appearances across numerous festivals this summer. Having already gained a loyal fan base and incredibly positive reviews from critics, the band are doing something a little bit different to everyone else right now. Watch this space.
Elessar (Words: Lizi Birt)
Formed in 2014, the Gloucester ‘emo punk’ quartet started making waves on debut tour supporting The Wild in early 2015. They have been regularly hitting the road, playing shows with the likes of Speaking in Shadows, All Ears Avow and many more. In April 2016, they released their debut EP Reflections and embarked on their own headline tour. Each of their songs has lyrics that hold meaning and their live shows are intense, energetic and passionate! They’re set to have a cracking 2017 with shows galore and even new music! But their live shows are definitely something to witness and who can forget THAT The Bad Touch cover…..
Itoldyouiwouldeatyou (Words: Kirsty Johnston)
Itoldyouiwouldeatyou are a special little band who I have just discovered. The first track I listened to I thought “wow, this is amazing” I didn’t know if all their songs would be the way I heard the first one but they were, so soft, so gentle. It’s a band I could put earphones in and fall asleep to at night. I love those type of songs. Looking at itoldyouiwouldeatyou’s social media following, it isn’t much but they should be known by everyone!! This band are going to have a good 2017 because their music is something everyone and anyone can listen to and they have a couple of good mini festivals coming up which is great exposure! I highly recommend this band to everyone, so if you’re reading this, go listen right now!
Holding Absence (Words: Lizi Birt)
Holding Absence are a melodic hardcore quintet from Cardiff in South Wales. They are a relatively new band having only completed their current line-up just six months ago. Frontman Lucas Woodland has smooth, melodic cleans and raw screams that draw you in. Their live shows are full of intensity and passion. They ended 2016 touring with Carcer City and are set to hit the road numerous times in 2017, starting with three dates across the UK in Bournemouth, London (with Greywind) and Bridgend on the 26,27 and 28th January respectively.
The Garage Flowers (Words: Sam Johnston)
When I first received a message on Facebook from Jonny Webber about his bands new single ‘Miss Maggie May’ I have to admit it was the first time I had heard of these guys but, I’m very glad they got in touch as they are a great young band, recently formed with Jonny and Joe Capaldi having been friends for a while but with new additions to the band in Gregg Edwards and Olly Shaw.
I think the main thing that comes across first is the fact they don’t take life too seriously or themselves and are a bunch of cheeky chaps with guyliner, crazy hair and a love for rock n roll at their core. ‘Miss Maggie May’ has turned out to be an excellent single and I cant help but wonder if they had released it back in 2004 they would have a number 1 in their back burner already as its so reminiscent of the music around that time but, I also think that with the massive influx of new bands that 2017 will be a big year for ‘The Garage Flowers’. If I you like any of the following bands: The Libertines, Hard-Fi or The Kooks your going to like these guys.