Shell Zenner’s bands for 2012 post (originally posted January 2012)

Back In January Louder Than War posted this list of 100 bands I had written about for 2012.. unfortunately they posted it on two different pages and somehow during the year one half of the posts became unaccessible. So for fun and to help us look back on the year in music i’m reposting it here! Enjoy..

Shell Zenner’s band tips for 2012

  1. Youth Lagoon – Trevor Powers own brand of nostalgic dream pop, the album is out already and its the aptly titled ‘The Year Of Hibernation’.
  2. The Unthanks –  I’ve said many a time over the past year that there is something in the water in the North East and this all female band’s brand of traditional english folk is another amazing export..
  3. Mount Fabric – Experimental, energetic and LOUD. These guys are going to go far if their Threads EP is anything to go on..
  4. Get People – Tropical electronic chilled sounds from the gorgeous London band are bound to get your pulse racing.
  5. Advances In Mathematics – I was proud to get the first radio play from these guys, wistful, romantic and the perfect music to burn candles to..
  6. We Are Willow – The novel collaborative approach taken by We Are Willow has been music to my ears through 2011, expect a gorgeous folk infused album this year..
  7. Lianne Le Havas – Lianne’s placing in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 list has made me kick myself even more for being busy the night she played Salford in 2011. A wonderful soulful voice that you must hear..
  8. Ren Harvieu – A Salford daughter of breathtaking talent, I’ve been waiting over six months for Ren to make an impact after she broke her back in a freak accident and her debut single was delayed until 2012.
  9. Lucy Rose – After being struck by single ‘Middle Of The Bed’ and her gorgeous take on ‘Driving Home For Christmas’, 2012 looks to be Lucy’s for the taking, stepping out of her Bombay Bicycle Club backing vocal shadow..
  10. Daughter – Intense, alternative and breathtaking, Daughter have already been tipped widely on blogs and radio.
  11. The History Of Apple Pie – I finally caught these guys live supporting The Drums at the Ritz in December, the NME darlings are full of shoegaze and ‘Lush’ vibes emanate.
  12. Seams – Things are building for the Berlin based Seams who toured in support of I Break Horses In december, who has his very own brand of lidl esque merch.
  13. Halls – South London based Halls’ minimalist beats and rhythms are literally music to my ears, the forthcoming Fragile EP is out this month and is gorgeous
  14. Miracle Fortress – Maybe not new, but who is these days? This Canadian project by Graham Van Pelt is full of electronic goodness
  15. Gross Magic – Brighton based Sam McGarrigle is big on lo-fi pop, think ELO and my current ringtone artist – Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti. I literally cannot wait to hear more..
  16. Dry The River – I first heard of these guys back in 2010 thanks to the 405 and they certainly played the widespread live circuit in 2011. Think melodic and easy going indie-folk  with shades of Bombay Bicycle Club and Mumford & Sons.
  17. Saint Saviour – You’ve probably heard Becky’s voice without even knowing it, I first saw her singing vocals for Groove Armada on their last album. 2012 is the year that brings her debut solo record to our ears, I’ve already pre-ordered mine through her pledgemusic campaign.
  18. Seventeen Evergreen – A San Francisco band that I can’t wait to see live on our shores, I fell for single Polarity Song hook, line and sinker.
  19. Simian Ghost – Their chill-wave pop vibes gets me all woozy inside, and make me want to move Sweden NOW.
  20. Craft Spells – I listened to their album ‘Idle Labour’ over Christmas and fell in love, so will you..
  21. Hookworms -Manchester promotoer Now Wave said Hookworms sound like the Stooges, Spaceman 3 and Wooden Shjips having a scrap, and having seen them live , I heartily agree.
  22.  Fear Of Men – I started my day at Constellations Festival by finally checking these guys out and was impressed. Lo-fi vibes backed with dreamy female vocals.
  23. Bos Angeles – I love a good play on words, and Boscombe’s Bos Angeles got me all a flutter in 2011 with Beach Slalom, NEED more of the same..
  24. Dauwd – For those asking, I checked and yes it’s pronounced Da-ood. ‘Whats There’ got a few of us radio and blog types hot under the collar in 2011 and I can’t wait to hear what this Liverpool outfit conjure up this year
  25. Spring Offensive – Good guitar bands don’t have to be about cliche’s and these guys prove just that, raw talent that must be heard.
  26. Lana Del Ray – Who cares if she’s had a nose job, so what if she had another solo music career under a different name.. theres no doubt that when her debut album comes out shortly, Lana Del Ray will conquer.
  27. Robert Rotifer – signed to Edwyn Collins and James Endeacott’s AED Records, Robert is the kind of artist who’s catchy riffs make my drive a little too close to the speed limit..
  28.  Star Slinger – Over a year ago he sat in my lounge and I had no idea who he was, I do now.. Master of remixes, beats and he loves soul and apostrophes.
  29. Dog Is Dead – Recently enlightened by the band Swimming that Nottingham has a thriving music scene currently, Dog Is Dead are one of the bands leading the charge with a mainstream indie sound that will win over hearts and minds.
  30. The Carpels – When I asked Trophy Wife about the music scene In Oxford recently they told me the buzz had moved further north to the midlands.  The Carpels are signed to The Charlatans Jon Brookes label and are another band making waves in those parts. I expect big things in 2012..
  31. Young Liar – The North East hits a groove yet again with their instrumental ambient electronic sounds that are not dissimilar to Errors.
  32. Embers –Recently aired by Jon Kennedy on Xfm relative newcomers Embers have that kind of dark and haunting sound that made bands like Joy Division renowned, albeit with a more modern take.
  33. The Jezabels – The Aussie band created a buzz at Brightons Great Escape Festival in 2011 and have had regular airplay on national new music station Amazing Radio ever since and It’s clear to hear why.
  34. Young Husband – I’ve completely fallen for their Crystal EP, shoegaze and experimental perfection.
  35. Weird Dreams –  London band Weird Dreams hit me like a ten tonne truck with Holding Nails and their easy going indie vibe is just what I need to hear..
  36.  Eugene McGuiness – I first saw Eugene play live In Liverpool about five years ago at my friends birthday do and so I was mega excited to hear his single ‘Lion’ gaining widespread airplay last year.  I for one, can’t wait to hear more..
  37. Hooray For Earth –  They’ve toured the US with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Surfer Blood and their sound lies kinda behind the two, erring more on the latters influences.
  38.  2:54 – Does anyone else miss Shirley Manson and Garbage? Miss them no more, listen to 2:54’s attitude and old school sound.
  39.  Alex Clare –  Yet another soulful male vocal hot on the heels of Michael Kiwanuka but with a more modern take on the instrumentation.
  40. Visions Of Trees – Yet another exciting band setting the London music scene alight. The early 90s and dance are coming back, I kid you not. However, VofT are bang on the money..
  41. Shuga – Female led indie, raw, edgy but sweet as a nut..
  42. Casiokids –  Their dreamy understated vocals coupled with strong electronica draw me every time..
  43. Pinkunoizu – Termed an underground, experimental noise collective they make music thats easy on the ears.
  44. Water Signs – layered, experimental and backed with beats, a local band serving up treats.
  45. Stay + – Despite a change of name from Christian Aids, the music is still in the same vein and speaks for itself. Rave Is BACK, and Chill Rave is their take. Now where did I put my glow sticks?
  46. Sharon Van Etten – It really is time that more people heard of Sharon and I think now is the time, third albumTramp is due for release in february and was recorded in the garage studio if The National’s Aaron Dessner.
  47. Wide Sea –  Another great call by the AED Records label, their new album ‘A Place To Call Home’ was recently bigged up by Mojo Magazine quite rightly
  48. Ice Choir – Written, engineered and produced by Kurt Feldman (The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) and they sound a similar indie-pop sound
  49. Milagres – Meaning miracles in portuguese, their uplifting yet chilled sounds have made enough of an impression on me to make them my first live band watch of 2012. Their single Glowing Mouth is out on Memphis Industries this month.
  50. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny – This album has been a long time coming and Beth and her hooves all have hoof tattoos to confirm their bond.  One of the most stunning female vocals you will hear currently.
  51. Hook And The Twin – One of my songs of 2011 was delivered courtesy of these guys, their debut single ‘We’re So Light’ was a long time coming and has completely whet my appetite for a record.
  52. No Ceremony – I’m excited to see they made Amazing Radio’s 12 x 12 tips for the new year as I rate them too, Its a sound thats hard to pigeonhole but it has multiple layers and works on the experimental side of the tracks.
  53. Ronika – Producer come vocalist Ronika is another act causing a buzz in Nottingham and actually sang backing vocals on Swimmings latest album ‘Ecstatics International’. A force to be reckoned with..
  54. Elephant –  Dreamy, synth pop with an 80s feel, their  gorgeous Assembly EP must be heard.
  55. Factory Floor – In 2011 I hailed them the future of dance music, if we do head back to rave then this band would be at the top of the bill for me. It’s intense, it’s almost tribal, it’s amazing.
  56. Sharks Took The Rest – Described as “blissful, panoramic with lush, chamber-style textures, swoonsome female vocals and an artful dash of electronica” elsewhere, who am I to argue?
  57. The Chevin – Recently toured in support of White Lies, I believe Leeds band The Chevin will be one of the guitar bands of 2012 with their energetic foot stompers.
  58. Saturday Night Gym Club – An array of assorted synths, drum machines and violins form layers and textures aplenty in their sound.
  59. Foreign Office – Having seen these guys support Erasure in Delamare Forest and support Carl Barat across the UK, I’m expecting great things from them in 2012. Unashamed earworm pop music thats ripe for the mainstream.
  60. Fairewell – AKA Johnny White has only played a handful of shows and yet his debut ‘Poor, Poor Grendel’ got rave reviews from The Times, Rough Trade and more on its release. Shoegazey splendour..
  61. Hatcham Social – Again not new, but they still haven’t reached their potential.  I adored their debut album ‘You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil’ and am hotly anticipating their follow up.
  62. Retriever – If you dig The Duke Spirit and My Bloody Valentine I think there is every chance you will dig Retriever, dark, incessant and bloody tasty.
  63. Django Django – It’s been a long time coming but I think their debut album is within reach, due out at the end of the month.  Get ready to groove.
  64. Janice Graham Band – I could repeat the exact same sentiment again, Manchesters favorite soul and ska sons are releasing their debut album on Acid Jazz records shortly and I can’t wait for the world to fall in love with their sound.
  65. Tribes – Britpop and grunge were good really weren’t they? Tribes channel a sound that has exactly those influences and in my view it’s no bad thing.
  66. The Neat – I feel like I’ve been waiting almost forever for The Neat to deliver an abum, I really hope they don’t disappoint me again in 2012. These punksters are Hulls most exciting export since The Paddingtons.
  67. Jenson Sportag – This duo prove that there is more than folk and blues heading out Nashville, let their 80s vibes wash over you.
  68. Fossil Collective – It was 2010 when they released the glorious On and On and I’m still waiting to hear more, lets hope they deliver more gorgeous folk infused numbers this year..
  69.  Pandr Eyez – After catching the Cascine signings in London at the end of last year I’ve got high hopes for this dub-soul outfit
  70. Electricity In Our Homes – Their last release was on the hip O Genesis record label run by The Charlatans Tim Burgess and Factory Floors Nik Colk. Outstanding on record and live.
  71. Cashier No 9  – A band whos album I didn’t have time to give enough of a listen to in 2011 but on reflection should have made time to listen to. Their singles have been packed full of lush instrumentation that you really should check out.
  72.  The Stepkids – A band comprising three singer/ songwriters with beautiful harmonious results..
  73. Kai Fish – Mystery Jet Kai Fish has struck out on his own with spectacular results, My Anima is breathtaking and personally I can’t wait to hear more off his debut LP Life In Monochrome.
  74. Air Cav – Herald a local band that aren’t frightened to show us their violin. Its subtle tones overlaying an intense indie sound that has been long awaited. Their debut album ‘Don’t Look Indoors’ is out shortly.
  75. Rozi Plain – Bristol based Rozi Plain is gearing up for the release of her second album but recently released the deliciously pretty See My Boat.
  76. 76.  Clean George IV – No they’re not a cheeky Soap & Glory product, but a band, but even album ‘God Save The Clean’ makes me giggle. Its not all style over substance though, they sound great..
  77.  CITIZENS! – Freshly signed to Kitsune, this fresh and infectious number has the 80s stamped through it..
  78. Dresden – What? An indie guitar band with a synth and its not all doom and gloom? Are you sure? Dresden have been working with producer Dave Tolan and I think special things are brewing..
  79. Said The Whale – The Vancouver based indie rockers are readying their third full length album presently, their almost theatrical sound is exceptionally endearing.
  80. City Reign – Someone I follow on twitter today asked for more guitar bands in 2012 and he was right, stop with the guitar bashing already! Local grown talent of the indie persuasion that packed a punch on their Numbers For Street Names EP
  81. Diagrams – Sam Genders is the kind of the teaser, numerous videos have appeared over the internet in recent weeks building to the release of album ‘Black Light’, its easy on the ear but simultaneously upbeat.
  82. Frankie Rose – She’s lost part of her former moniker ‘and the outs’ but hasn’t lost any of the sparkle she possesses. Second album Interstellar is out In february and promises to catapult her to the next level.
  83. John Herring – Salford troubadour John Herring is readying his second album and releases lead single ‘It Starts Again’ this month. Understated sounds not dissimilar to local bands I Am Kloot and Elbow.
  84. Cave Painting – A Brighton based outfit walking a fine line between chill and tropical sounds which I’m entranced with.
  85. Nada Surf – This american alternative rock band are definitely not new, they formed back in 1992! But a new record is in the offing this year, their seventh to be precise and I like what i’ve heard so far..
  86. Cut Ribbons – Welsh boy girl harmonies with an energetic indie backing.
  87. Nat Johnson & The Figureheads – A Sheffield based five piece releasing their second album I’m Across, I’m Ashore this year. Stunning vocals, wide ranging instrumentation and one of the sweetest sounds i’ve heard in months.
  88. Girls Names  – Wistful surf rock if debut record Dead To Me is anything to go on..
  89. Bastille -South London’s Dan Smith has been recording as Bastille for the best part of a year and his track Flaws was a blog hit.  New single Laura Palmer has helped to spread the word but there is much more to come..
  90. Team Me – A twee pop Norwegian six piece with a forthcoming debut record called ‘To The Treetops!’ due for release in march
  91. D/R/U/G/S –  Two become one? Yes George is no more and Cal is leading the solo charge with his brand of euphoric trance-dance as coined by The Guardians Paul Lester..
  92. Spector – Just Like Lana Del Rey, Spector seem to divide opinion. Lead singer Fred, formely Fred Les of Les Incompetents is well known on the London indie scene. Serious 80s indie pop vibes.
  93.   Worship – After failing at the last minute to see them live in 2011, I’m making it my mission to see them in ’12. Their classic, dark sound is supported by a knockout chorus.
  94.  Sunless 97 –  Owning a vinyl record by a band cons me into the belief that they’re alternative and not mainstream, but in this case you can be alternative and played on daytime Radio 1. I bow down to their appropriately named Making Waves EP.
  95.  Paul Thomas Saunders – Recently in session with John Kennedy on Xfm and described as at the intersection of Jeff Buckley Street and Radiohead Boulevard.
  96.   Clock Opera – Synth – rock that builds and builds before exploding with electro energy.
  97. Plant Plants – No, not a mistaken foray into gardening, this electro dance duo based in Hackney pffer a mean line in melodic electronica
  98. Ghosting Season – A relatively new band from a relatively old partnership – WorriedAboutSatan. When their new material didn’t fit with their classic sound, Ghosting Season was born and on what my eyes have witnessed, you must see them live.
  99.  Chad Valley – I have been following Hugo’s progress with interest for a couple of years now and he gets better and better live, he’s a one-man band electronica genius
  100. Francois & The Atlas Mountains – The first ever french band signed to Domino Records offers a gorgeous pop blend of vocals, keyboards and African percussion.

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