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pete and the pirates
dead kids [if their singer doesn't ruin them in the meanwhile with his antics on stage]
your twenties [if they ever get round to putting something out]
connan and the mockasins
mechanical bride [if she ever releases something]
charly morris [if she ever releases something]
comment by egon Feb 5, 2008I agree with both of the links at the start which back Duffy to be one of the big things of 2008. I saw her live in November- she was support act to paul heaton in the Club Academy in Manchester- which is a bar in the basement of the students union.
She's awesome. Brilliant somngs, tight band. Rockferry and Warwick Avenue will go down in history- and by the end of the year Mercy will be a permanent fixture on the nation's Internal Jukeboxes. By the end of the year, she'd released a single, been on Later With Jools and dominated Jools Holland's hootenanny- duetting with soul legend Eddie Floyd.
She's a 19-year-old Welsh girl with the voice of Dusty Springfield crossed with Cerys Matthews, with a sprinkling of Aretha.
Her album is released next month, and I hope it is very successful- it certainly deserves to be.
Also, watch out for Australian Ska-Hip Hop-Latin-Jazz six-piece The Cat Empire. Their fourth studio album So Many Nights may be the one which finally breaks the British market. And even if not, try and catch the awesome experience of their live show, they should be touring in May.
comment by egon Feb 5, 2008Oh, and some links for that last post:
comment by TheNewSpink Feb 6, 2008Must admit - I really liked the last 2 Cat Empire albums, but I thought they were terrible live. Every song they felt the need to shoehorn in a 3-4 minute solo, which just sucked the energy out of the whole room. I was really disappointed. In the end, I just left after the solo in "Car Song" had already hit the 5 minute mark. Everyone was really up for the gig - I'd never seen such good feeling before the band came on, as the room was full of Aussies happy to see them in such a small hall. By the end of the evening, they had just ground it out of all of us with the sheer amount of self-indulgence they threw out.
On record I like them though - is the "Cities" album worth paying the Ebay premiums?
comment by egon Feb 6, 2008Was it the Shepherd's Bush gig just before christmas you went to, or one of the previous tours?
Cities is quality- not quite in the elague of Two Shoes, but still very good. i got mine from their website ina sale, so you might want to check what prices they're charging before splashing out on eBay.
comment by TheNewSpink Feb 6, 2008It was summer last year at the Wulfun Hall in Wolverhampton (which is a great venue btw, round the back of the Civic). Can't fault their musicianship - but it just got so tedious. I don't mind a few solos, but this really was every single song. Everyone in the crowd just wanted to dance and sing along, and the band just seemed intent on showing off and ignoring us.
I was just very disappointed, as I'd been trying to catch them live for a couple of years.
comment by fingerchimp Feb 7, 2008FUTURE. OF. THE. LEFT.
GO AND BUY CURSES NOW!!! IT'S GREAT.
otherwise im hoping this will be the year that the fall finally break through.
comment by Dan aka o Sabotage o Feb 14, 2008good call on the wulfrun TheNewSpink. Have seen many, many a good band in there.
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