Before I start with my fifteen 'tips for 2015', 'ones to watch', 'bands I like lots' posts a couple of rambling words; As ever, the bands I feature here are not those I expect to dominate the charts, make Bono disappear from our TV screens and create a record better than Purple Rain but are fifteen acts who I am excited to hear more from.
History tells me I'm usually too quick to 'tip' acts. Of my 13 for 2013, five acts still haven't released an album and from my ten for 2014, seven are yet to release a record. The good news is two of those that did will be in my top ten releases of the year (which will follow before Christmas). I'm pretty loyal to the artists that I like, that's the only excuse I can give for seeing The Joy Formidable over fifty times and counting so this time around I've decided to re-include some previous 'tips for' again, so some (in fact all, this blog is a diary of my music taste after-all) will be known to regular readers.
For those of you interested my thirteen acts for 2013 were: Alice Jemima, Bird, Daughter, Embers, Emily and the Woods, Fear of Men, Haim, Let's Buy Happiness, Novella, Pins, Savages, SeaWitches & September Girls.
My ten acts for 2014 were: Alice Boman, Blessa, Broken Twin, Disraeli Gears, Dog In The Snow, Haerts, Iyes, Lyla Foy, Sophie Jamieson & Young Romance
In no particular order. The first tip for 2015 is Deers.
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On earlier's Blog Sound of 2015 thread I said the catalyst for Deers going from a brilliantly exciting new band to an essential band to follow was their gig at The Lexington last week, to repeat, it's been a long, long time since I saw a band enjoying themselves SO much on stage. The banter and friendship between the four was infectious and that enthusiasm rubbed off on their music, sound problems quickly dispelled amongst fun, admittedly ramshackle riffs and quirky vocal interplay.
The Madrid quartet, grown from the founding duo of Ana Perrote and Carlotta Cosials with the addition of bassist Ade Martin and drummer Amber Grimbergen have already caused a bit of a stir with their purposely messy and rough around the edges blend of garage pop. A very quickly sold-out 7" introduced "Bamboo" and "Trippy Gum", two infectious tracks full of addictive sweet choruses, snarling dual-vocals and raw noise, bringing breezy, swirling surf-pop guitar hooks and stomping psyche rhythms to the fore in a fresh and vibrant sound.
Second single Barn followed in the autumn and caused the excitement factor to raise another notch, "Castigadas en el Granero" their most realised track to date, tighter and more polished, its fantastic rhythm section and bouncing co-vocals can do nothing but brighten your day. Just like Deers.
2015 starts with a return to London for a date at Boston Arms (I cannot make it - sad face), more dates and music are sure to follow. If Deers can maintain their energy, authenticity (nothing about them comes across as false) and keep producing such thrilling songs, there may be no stopping them. That's definietly a good thing.