On the hunt for new guitar music? We’ve compiled a list of fresh artists you should be keeping an eye and an ear on. From promising singer-songwriters to bands that are exploding on the scene, here’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
After the jangle-rock five-piece from Australia (pictured above) completed their whirlwind international tour in support of their debut album Hope Downs, the gruelling experience left them bent and broken. But the band funnelled the experience into their recently released sophomore record Sideways To New Italy, a poppy – yet poignant – collection of songs that reflect upon notions of home and dislocation.
They may be called Kings Daughters, but this all-female London-based trio got a lotta help from Queen – in Brian May. The legendary guitarist was so wowed by a demo of theirs that he offered to produce their debut single, Get Up, a big, swaggering hit of rock ‘n’ roll optimism that the world needs right now.
This frenetic duo burst onto the scene with their debut LP Swear I’m Good At This in 2017, pairing sugary melodies and fuzzy distortion with a reputation as an explosive, high-kicking live band. And with their sophomore effort Do You Wonder About Me?, the band from Virginia are catapulting into the mainstream – and shaking up the pop-punk landscape while they’re at it.
Not to be confused with the Jakob Dylan-led American band, Wallflower are a London emo rock quintet whose influences range from Paramore to Green Day to Radiohead. On their new record Teach Yourself To Swim, the band explore themes of existentialism, ageing and finding purpose. Check it out here:
Frank Ocean is top of mind for this fresh-faced guitarist and singer-songwriter from Michigan – his latest track, after all, is titled Channel Orange In Your Living Room. But it may as well have referred to where Charlie Burg sleeps, as his wide-eyed, R&B-inflected and heartfelt tunes so neatly fit the “bedroom pop” tag that contemporaries such as Phum Viphurit have popularised in recent years.
The hallyu wave has been a global phenomenon for well over a decade now, but thanks to powerhouses such as BTS and EXO, you’d be forgiven for thinking South Korea is only about K-pop. Not quite. Bursters are a metalcore group whose second album Once And For All fuses elements of pop, funk, symphonic metal and electronica with contemporary hardcore – listen to it here.
The Bristolian duo are doing their utmost to revive the emo scene with heart-on-sleeve tenderness, as their third body of work in two years demonstrates. Sanctuary Lines packs four tracks of shimmering guitars, driving rhythms and plaintive lyrics, all of which combine to serve as “an exploration of combating nostalgia in the modern age”, according to frontman Noah Villeneuve.