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Tom: This mix is made up of a collection of bands to look forward to for this year, many of which haven’t had as much hype as they deserve. Guitars seem to be ignored in mixes quite a bit, and people who read zines from London keep on saying that guitar music is dead. Well fuck them. Here’s how guitar music is not dead:

Axes are brilliant Math Rock label Big Scary Monsters’s newest signing. Expect a lot of touring and releases from them this year.

Cloud Nothings released their second album with Steve Albini last year and are going from strength to strength. Whiney screaming from teenagers still rocks.

Tall Ships are a local band who have made a name for themsleves playing house shows, their loop pedal based live shows are some of the best you’ll ever see.

Gnarwolves are post-hardcore thrillers from Cornwall who fucking kick ass.

Gallops’ instrumental album has been an instant success with the UK math rock scene.

FIDLAR have rocked the US and have made hipsters cream for the last few months.

Everyone Everywhere write beautiful indie pop songs, expect more from them soon.

Frank Turner has become synonymous with shit folk ballads, but Mongol Horde harks back to his post-hardcore days and displays his true vocal talents.

Team Me are a Scandinavian Grammy award winning pop act who are sublime live, blending Biffy Clyro vocals and Sigur Ros instrumentals. Beautiful.

Embers are one of the best bands to come out of the UK in the last few years. Incredible vocals, lyrics and harmonics.

So that’s my sort of stream of consciousness on these bands. That’s what they deserve, they belong in our collective consciousness. Go check them all out xx


Axes – Wet Wet Wet Wet
Cloud Nothings – Fall In
Tall Ships – T=0
Gnarwolves – Community, Stability, Identity
Etta Bond x Raf Riley – Boring Bitches
Gallops – Jeff Leopard
FIDLAR – No Waves
Everyone Everywhere – Turn And Go And Turn
Mongol Horde – Casual Threats From Weekend Hardmen
Team Me – With My Hands Covering Both My Eyes I Am Too Scared To Have A Look At You Now
Embers – Days Turn Into Weeks