I stopped this last year as RALiverpool was duplicating so many of these so I just went by his list instead but indie/rock is on a bit of a revival right now so think I can do this. I will use the definition of The Indie Show on Radio 1 so it will be pretty wide anything from Grimes/Prodigy through to Architects/While She Sleeps and from Lana Del Rey to Andrew WK.
We will start with a band that I somehow missed in 2018 and have finished well in many year end polls, they are a side project of Julian Casablancas and this is their new single.
Hard finding new songs on Jan 2 so I will introduce a rock band I found last week.. They are two girls from Sydney, Australia. their influences are listed as Blur, Car Seat Headrest, Oasis and Weezer . Definite 90s alt rock vibes.
Well it can only be one song, the brand new single from Catfish & The Bottlemen, it is called 'Longshot' and its the first single from their 3rd album. Annie Mac couldn't put it better, they are they most underrated band in the world right now. Definitely the biggest arena band who have never had a top 75 hit single.
While the band have never had a single in the Top 75, several tracks have attained silver and gold status thanks to streaming. Kathleen, which was released in 2014 and peaked at No.110, has sales to date of 445,111, including sales-equivalent streams of 393,443.
That is incredible and shows that indie rock maybe hidden from the mainstream but it is still pretty huge, those figures smash sales of many indie top 40 hits from the 00s.
I am a little bit late on this one but it is my song of the day, think its their best song yet. The Glasgow band remind me of Best Coast and Weezer. They are playing Norwich Arts Centre on Feb 2, very tempted.
Now another old song but I have heard this every day this week on Radio 1, I have went from ambivalence to thinking its the best song ever. It must be getting a big push for 2019. I really know it though so it must have been in a TV show or movie last year. It has nearly 50 million plays on Spotify. And is that a Radiohead sample 3 mins in certainly sounds like it!!
Its like Twenty One Pilots but even better!! I really think rap and rock together is going to be the sound of 2019.