As the Christmas hangover fades and the cold turkey squats in the fridge, we enter the final days of the year. It’s fair to say 2013 has been a cracking 12 months for new music (ample evidence of this can be found in our Albums of the Year list) but as we wave a solemn goodbye to the year just gone, the time is right to look ahead to the musical delights 2014 has in store. Here we give you a well deserved peak at some of the bands and artist responsible for our collective underwear getting in a twist, and who are sure to make a seismic impact in the coming year. So, in no particular order, we give you the Killer Ponytail Class of 2014…
East India Youth
To say Will Doyle, operating under the moniker East India Youth, is a well seasoned musician would be an understatement. The London based producer was in a previous band that toured with The Undertones (twice) and, in his East India Youth carnation, was the first signing to The Quietus Phonographic Corporation, the label off-shoot of uber-blog The Quietus. We’re excited to report that Doyle is ready to release his first album proper in the form of Total Strife Forever, out 13 January on Stolen Recordings), a collection of tracks that has been three years in the making. Doyle recently released the first taste of his new material by way of the track ‘Dripping Down’, and the song sees him on astounding form. We think it’s safe to say the album will be no different.
Having recently laid waste to most of Europe during their tour in support of METZ, Cheatahs are set to deliver their incendiary self titled album on 24 February. Swirling with melodic energy and confidence, Cheatahs are one of the few truly credible garage rock bands around at the moment, and their debut album is a testament to this. Following on from their double A-side release ‘Kenworth’/’Cut The Grass’, released earlier this year, their debut album Cheatahs is cerebral, hard paced and guaranteed to get the party started.
Hailing from the windswept wilds of Sandviken, Sweden, NO CODA produce a wave of pulsating, psych-infused pop that’s guaranteed to crawl into your brain and make a welcome home in your frontal cortex. The band whetted our appetites earlier this year with the single ‘Numbers’, a gloriously intricate explosion of melodic fuzz that would give TOY a significant run for their money. The band are set to release their debut album The Entire Cast during 2014. We’re digging out our best tie-dye in anticipation.
Having recently signed to the always dependable Memphis Industries label, Menace Beach aren’t hanging around. Their ‘Lowtalker’ EP is set for release on 13 January with an full album in the pipeline. Consisting of vocalists Ryan Needham and Lisa Webster, not to mention a collective cast of musicians made up of various members of Hookworms, Sky Larkin and Pulled Apart By Horses, the Leeds based band are set to make an ear-splittingly good racket in the coming year.
Trust Fund manages to harness the power of lost love to stunning effect in his EP ‘Don’t Let Them Begin’, released on Reeks of Effort earlier this year. It’s a crunchy lo-fi delight of 7 spacious tracks that makes you feel like you’re immersed in the rough seas of teenage love for the first time, before leaving you washed up on the grubby shore all the more willing to jump straight back in again. The delicacy on tracks like ‘iypd’ and ‘Complicate’ prove Trust Fund to be a storyteller who has something simple and direct to say about the fundamentals of life and love, and doing it through a collection of songs that will stay in your head for days. 2014 looks like it could be Trust Fund’s year. http://vimeo.com/72729444