With our first edition, we promised to bring you the bands we felt you had to keep an eye on in 2011. But what’s happened to them since? An overview.
Brad Oberhofer has been giving out songs since 2009 but we’ve not yet seen something ‘definite’ from him. That, however, won’t be long! He’s signed to Glassnote and has just started work on his debut album, due out early 2012.
Download his super recent Gotta Go right here.
(new press shot!)
Roxanne, James, Patrick & Marion have had a rather busy year. Playing shows in the UK, going to SXSW, rerecording their album, recording b-sides, signing to Bella Union (home to, among others, Beach House and Fleet Foxes), setting up a tour in the US for September and part of October, a UK album release tour for October and dates supporting Dum Dum Girls in November.
Stream their most recent, and brilliant, single Bad Feeling right here:
Another band that haven’t exactly sat still. Brought out their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in the first half of 2011 and have been touring Europe, the UK and the US non-stop with more touring to follow. Frontman Daniel also managed to release a solo record under the name Oupa where he explores his more sensitive side.
Needless to say, they’ve been really succesful and are always having fun along the way. Read the interview Gerlin had with them here.
The Soft Moon
Just like his music, The Soft Moon is less out there than the aforementioned bands but that doesn’t mean he’s gone by unnoticed. His album was incredibly well-received and applauded and so were his dark live shows in the US, UK and Europe. One of the stand outs was his performance at this year’s Primavera. Unfortunately his Belgian show was a double booking and so we’ve still not had the opportunity to catch him live.
For now this video of Primavera will have to do:
Ah, James Friley, what a special guy! Having signed to Moshi Moshi in 2010, Idiot Glee’s debut Paddywhack was released in May of this year and that releasedate coincided with several live dates in the UK and mainland Europe. He got quite some attention (and rather good reviews) but we still feel he deserves a lot more love.
Here’s hoping that next time he comes back to play with a full band!
It’s fair to say that this guy has probably become the most popular out of all the artists we featured. When Kasper-Jan discovered Night Air the rest of the world had not heard this soulful genius but it didn’t take long for his next single Lady Luck to win everyone over. The rest is history: Jamie came out with his first album (that got mixed but mostly positive reviews), played some shows (some with a band, some solo) and gained even more popularity along the way.
Frankie & The Heartstrings
Apart from releasing their debut in February (which was well-received all over the world) not much has changed for Frankie and his Heartstrings. They’re touring the world, as ever, and having a great time while they’re at it. They played Ghent twice and both times were a blast. They’re in for big stuff soon as they’re going to play some Australian shows and then go on to support The Vaccines on their biggest UK tour yet.
Stop missing out and go see these guys live! And expect new material verrry soon.
Another band that don’t like sitting still much. Only in October last year they released their first ‘album’ that was basically a collection of demos. In February followed their actual, first full-length record and soon after they played shows all across the globe.
Cloud Nothings are the kind of band that seem to like recording and making songs more than playing live and so it happens that they’re hard at work on the second!
For now, here’s a pretty nice acoustic version of Should Have:
Probably my (Gerlin) favourite live band of this year. I’ve seen them play 3 times now and they seem to get better every single time. Suuns are genuinely nice, Canadian dudes and deserve all the praise they’re getting (both for their record and live performance). It’s taken them some time to get noticed but looks like they’re headed for a great future!
New material in the works. For now, hear the awesome cover they did of Fugazi’s Long Division right here.
Austra’s been equally succesful this year – though it’s all gone a bit faster on her part. The world soon fell for Beat and the Pulse as much as we did and in May her first album finally followed. Her live shows have always been mesmerizing but recently she also added lasers to make it all the more spectacular.
Catch her live on Belgian territory for the very first time at Leffingeleuren (FINALLY!!!).
When we were working on our first edition PLUG had already released their debut in the UK and we felt it needed some more attention fast! Unfortunately not many others seem to have picked up on them and apart from a sporadic European show we haven’t really heard from these girls. We still think they made an awesome album, though, and are eagerly awaiting new stuff!
(Trophy Wife looking fresh – and pink)
Without realising it, Trophy Wife would become one of the only bands that played Pukkelpop this year – before disaster struck. All seemed well, they’d played a great and inventive set (as always) and the crowd loved it. No one probably expected for their first show to later end so horribly.
Those things aside, Trophy Wife are still one of the most exciting and innovating bands around and you’d be crazy to miss their live show. As they proclaimed in our zine themselves, an album was not for this year but there’s no doubt 2012 will see them doing more exciting things.
Sharon Van Etten
Sharon was probably the only lady in the zine that had a career going for several years but because our aim is to promote artists that deserve more attention in Belgium, we felt we had to include her. She had an album out in 2010 so this year has not seen her releasing something new and shows were sparse. The only Belgian show was supporting The National which was a bit of a shame as we’re sure Sharon would work better in an intimate setting. In the future we’ll hopefully see this happening!
Having come out with 7″s and cassette tapes in the past, October sees them releasing a new ep called Mystic Places. Woodsman are slowly gathering a following and get praise from quality music websites. Keep an eye on these guys, they’re pretty special.
Stream In Circles from their forthcoming ep here:
Last May these Australians finally made it over to Europe for a couple of shows but, of course, Belgium was once again left out. And it’s the same with their dates here in September. Which is why I’ll just go all the way to Paris! The Jezabels have their debut almost ready which should be released early 2012. We know from a good source that they’re leaving the homeland and moving to London in February. Let’s hope more European shows follow. We’ll keep you up to date with how that sounded live.
Endless Summer is a track of that forthcoming album and if it’s anything to go by, it should be phenomenal. Have a listen: