LTW: 21 new bands and bands for 2021 – our list of emerging artists for the new year!
Here’s our list of 21 new bands to watch in 2021.
Given the amount of talent available, it is impossible to be exhaustive in 2021.
There is an avalanche of talent. Many large groups will never be heard. Some can slip through the cracks.
There is traditional rock. There is punk rock. There is pop music that embraces all the sounds and new cultures of 21st century cities. There is introspection. There is expressiveness. Pop culture comes in all its shapes and sizes in the new decade and exists despite the pandemic.
We were going to do a Spotify playlist but we know how controversial this is with some players due to the low pay rates on streaming, so we added YouTube links instead – they don’t pay any money from the streaming. everything but for some reason no – we seem to care! We have also added Bandcamp where possible.
Despite the pandemic, 2021 will see a new opening of music as a global culture – the axis of Anglo-American pop culture, while remaining powerful, will still lose its influence – hampered by the pandemic and also for the Kingdom. -United by Brexit.
This is compounded by a new cultural trust in countries like Russia, China, South Korea and the African continent from which new superstars will come… the world of music is changing rapidly.
Who : “Angry Songs for Sad People” Wargasm is the perfect 2021 mix of intensified nu metal and grrrl riot punk opposite.
Why : They’ve toured with Creeper and Holding Absence before, creating a riot everywhere they go and taking time out during the forced break to prepare for their debut after a series of very well-received singles.
2. The salon company
Who : More great social commentary with deadly deadpan post-punk grooves from the now fertile West Yorks scene
Why : Their track ‘Burn The Heather’ is one of the killer tracks of the moment …
3. Those fucking snowflakes
Who : Blackpool posts rock punk math team
Why : With a neat line of sarcastic political hymns, they’re so good we had to release them on Louder Than War Records
4. Hello Cosmos
Who : Manchester’s cosmic outfit that made ambitious noise in the pandemic.
Why : With the members who run the Kendal Calling Festival or who were at Lanterns on the Lake, they certainly have the pedigree. They also have the ideas and the tunes.
Who : If modern pop is a cultural flow of all the direct sounds of different cultures floating out of the headphones and windows of our wonderful musical cities, Alewya’s Engypuan Ethipoan mixed heritage is perfect for these times.
Why : His sparse pop is full of alluring rhythms and great vocal lines. Its sound is also influenced by its Egyptian and Ethiopian heritage. According to Alewya, she “sings like an Arab person” and plays the guitar in the Arabic scale. This is the modern heartbeat.
Who: Bay Area DJ and producer making a name for himself on the local club scene.
Why: Treat industrial and atmospheric dance music that adds a classical training background in an exciting dark dance flow.
Who : French post rock group that deals with God Speed You Black Emperor dark orchestral post rock with cellos, dark electronica and guitar flow…
Why : They released a debut single in 2018 and are set to release their debut album in 2021 – a potential change.
8. Rum boy
Who : A working class Indie Punk n Rolla native from Derbyshire UK, singing songs about real life
Why : Sleaford Mods opened a box of small town poet pandoras with brilliant songs – let’s celebrate!
9. Green tea peng
Who : Free-spirited Londoner who was on the trail of 21st century hippies before the pandemic
Why : The charismatic tattooed singer has the image and the voice to go with it.
10. Mental Bantu
Who : From Congo and claiming that “what Björk is to Iceland, Kraftwerk to Germany or Metronomy to UK Bantou is to Congo – from a place, but not defined by him.” More underground electronics from Africa.
Why : Lots of brooding electronics especially on their dark and brooding Moto track which you listen to here.
11. Dead goods
Who : Southampton’s favorite rock’n’rolls.
Why : The band are not a one-ride pony having a more punchy and heavier sound than their previous work with the second verse playing with Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra.
12. Freya beer
Who : was about to erupt in 2020 with its sparse and tense PJ Harvey dynamic … so much so we’re happy to wait until 2021
Why : Surely 2021 will be the year of this talented and angular and nervous songwriter?
13. Uncool Queen
Who Iedgy and intelligent London-based band with a nod to Nirvana but adding a roaring twenties dystopia to the mix.
Why : It’s not long since the underground can hold such good bands.
Who : Writing classic songs that feels like a new wave Peter Perrett has tinted the nod to great storytellers like Bob Dylan.
Why : Classic songs deserved to be heard. Storytellers must be listened to.
Who : Outsider punk-pop alchemist from the Northeast.
Why : Even in these times, you have to party …
15. Ded Rabbit
Who : Originally from Yorkshire, Ded Rabbit moved to the Highlands in 1996 and due to isolation and a growing love for music, the brothers began playing music together for over ten years.
Why : Now they’re ready with their raucous explosion
Who : A great new group from Wolverhampton.
Why : Make a great racket for a two piece.
17. Circle of Mercury
Who : the new side-project of Swallow The Sun and full of twisted gothic drama through rock synth that reminds us of the mighty Ulver.
Why : There is always room for that kind of shimmering atmospheric darkness …
18. Battery farm
Who : Vitriolic voice and splenic noise of the Manchester group.
Why : Quickly becoming one of the best new groups to stir the pot on the Manchester scene right now.
19. Horse meat
Who : Raw hardcore punk metal grunge which has been nicknamed ‘Prunge’.
Why : Noisier annoyed Mancs.
Who : Liverpool based power pop punk with loads of great songs.
Why : “The kind of guitar music that easily switches from watchdog to heroism, although it has a stronger penchant for pop – its choruses tend to light up like a match thrown into a box of fireworks.” ‘artifice’
21: Other Half
Who : ‘Mean music for nice people’ from Norwich – angular post hardcore with a killer live show only we could see!
Why : Their recordings are even better …
Listen to the LTW Bowie Tribute radio show and the 21 of 2021 show!