Rhythm and Soul: Predicting next big bands
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 22:09
When it comes to music, I’ve always considered myself ahead of the curve. My Father is British and as visits to the United Kingdom became few and far between, I maintained a bond with the culture through music. No, I didn’t listen to Bagpipe music I programmed by I , but I did program my ITunes to its British settings so I could follow the hit music across the pond. It was through this desire to keep my British roots alive that I discovered bands like Franz Ferdinand, Adele, the Fratelli’s, Keane, Muse and KT Tunstall. While these artists climbed up my Top 25 most played chart, they eventually gained mainstream popularity over a few years in the United States.
I never figured out I was beating American music enthusiasts to the punch until Muse became mainstream in the U.S. I told someone I had been listening to Muse since I was 12 and they were shocked. Muse didn’t gain popularity in the United States until the first Twilight movie was released when I was 16.
As for 2013, I predict that several bands I’m listening to now will be big hits in about a year. Bastille, a band from London, England, released their first album “Bad Blood” earlier this year. Every song on the album is musically complete, with intricate vocal harmonies, synthetic beats, and surging choruses. Songs such as “Pompeii” and “Things we lost in the fire” are already making waves in the music world climbing up British charts and occupying slots 30 and 50, respectively. The album as a whole occupies the 43 spot on the British top 50 albums chart.
The 1975, a band out of Manchester, England is also delighting listeners overseas. With their post-punk, strictly rock and roll sound, the lads are a far more substantial fare, than say, One Direction. “Chocolate,” an expansive song that makes listeners think about driving down the coast with the car top down is an extraordinary piece of work that exhibits an enormous range of talent in the band members. I can almost guarantee that The 1975 will be making it onto the U.S. top charts in a little less than a year. Right now their single “Chocolate” occupies the 38 slot of the British chart.
Lorde, a singer songwriter hailing from New Zealand, is another breakout performer who will be making headlines in the U.S. very soon. Her first album is full of catchy, wise, and unique songs that are memorable for their pared down harmony. Lorde showcases her impeccable vocals by limiting the amount of background harmony, which in turn pulls the listeners focus to her lyrics. Her most popular song, “Royals” is a masterpiece. With lyrics like “But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom/ Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room/ We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,” it’s hard to not like Lorde for her clever rhymes and biting social commentary. Several of her songs have been used in runway shows during New York and London fashion weeks, giving her a little taste of the fame to come.
Keep your eyes out for these artists that will be big within the year. Or better yet, listening to them today and impress your friends when you can say, “I listened to The 1975 before they were cool.”