Ones to Watch in 2018
Ones to Watch in 2018
2017 belonged to Ed Sheeran and our man Big Shaq. But there was plenty to get excited about in 2017; you can read our favourite albums of the year here.
Now looking forward to 2018, I’ve picked out my ones to watch.
Brighton’s finest burst on to the scene in 2015 with their raucous live shows and a sound that hits you like a tonne of bricks. 2017 was a massive year for the band as they played numerous major UK festivals including Download and Reading. New releases in 2018 will surely cement their reputation as one of the UK’s rising newcomers.
Sounds like: Savages, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drenge.
Listen to: Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya, Drongo, Bubblegum.
Stoke has become a hotbed for bright new indie-rock recently. However, few bands have been as captivating as Fears Chella. Melodic indie-pop drenched in grungey riffs gives the band their distinctive sound. Fears Chella embark on a UK Tour in March, concluding with a headlining show at The Sugarmill on 17th March. It could be the band’s most important gig to date and you NEED to be there!
Sounds like: JAWS, Spring King, The Big Moon.
Listen to: Girlfriend, Lush, Cool.
Schoolboy Q announced himself in 2014 with sensational album ‘Oxymoron’. 2016’s ‘Blank Face’ spanned gangsta rap, hip hop as well as psychedelia assured fans that the man of the year was here to stay. If he can follow this up, Schoolboy Q could be the man of the decade let alone the man of the year.
Sounds like: Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana.
Listen to: Man of the Year, THat Part, Studio.
Fickle Friends are another up and coming band from Brighton who grabbed our attention in 2017. Singles such as ‘Hard to Be Myself’, ‘Hello Hello’ and ‘Brooklyn’ are catchy indie-pop anthems glistening with edge and sophistication. Their debut album ‘You Are Someone Else’ is due to be released on 16th March.
Sounds like: Haim, Chvrches, Blossoms.
Listen to: Swim, Glue, Hard to Be Myself.
It’s been a long time coming. Rumours are spreading that Arctic Monkeys will be returning in 2018. Even if ‘AM’ wasn’t your cup of tea, it is hard to ignore one of Britain’s most popular bands over the last 10 years. If the rumours are true, we will be in for a treat.
Sounds like: The Libertines, Courteeners, The Strokes.
Listen to: Do I Wanna Know?, A Certain Romance, Fluorescent Adolescent (or literally any of their back catalogue).
Another well-known name to make the list. Charli XCX is much more than your conventional pop-singer. Her lyrics have a darkness and depth which evades some of her peers at top of the charts. Her single ‘Boys’ was a critically-acclaimed summer hit and if her upcoming album is equally as good then she will be on to a winner.
Sounds like: No Doubt, t.A.t.U, Sky Ferreira.
Listen to: Boys, Backseat, White Roses.
19 year-old Declan McKenna is the UK’s freshest young talents at the moment. Winner of the esteemed BBC Music’s Introducing artist of the year and a debut album which consolidated all of his early promise and talent; Declan McKenna could reach the top.
Sounds like: Jake Bugg, Clean Cut Kid, Jamie T.
Listen to: Brazil, Isombard, Paracetamol.
‘Bodak Yellow’ was a massive breakthrough for New York-based hip hop artist Cardi B. She first entered the spotlight via social media and reality TV; but her music could turn her in to a global superstar. If she follow on from her successful 2017, Cardi B will be the name on everyone’s lips for years to come.
Sounds like: Lil’ Kim, CupcakKe, Remy Ma.
Listen to: MotorSport, Bartier Cardi, Bodak Yellow.
Korn’s frontman Johnathan Davis is due to release his solo album and embark on a solo tour in 2018. Korn were pioneers for nu-metal in the late 90s and early 00s; with Davis’ representing one of the most distinctive voices in rock over the last 25 years. Expect collaborations, heavy riffs and experimental metal in what could be an exciting new chapter in Davis’ illustrious career.
Sounds like: Deftones, Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie.
Listen to: Freak On a Leash, Twisted Transistor, Coming Undone.
‘Bruises’ was one of 2017’s finest singles, a heartbreaking soulful ballad by singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. A massive record deal with Capitol and Virgin Records as well as a sold out UK tour followed. Lewis Capaldi was Scotland’s shining star of last year and the 21 year-old will explode in 2018.
Sounds like: Tom Grennan, Rag’n’Bone Man, James Bay.
Listen to: Bruises, Lost On You, Fade.
Another indie-pop band with a bright future. Championed by Matt Healy of The 1975, Pale Waves are a gothic whirlwind of a band with a sweet centre. Debut EP ‘New Year’s Eve’ is due to be released in early January 2018 and a debut album might not be too far away.
Sounds like: Sundara Karma, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The 1975.
Listen to: Television Romance, There’s a Honey, New Year’s Eve.
Sunflower Bean are effortlessly cool. 2016’s ‘Human Ceremony’ was an enchanting debut of beauty and bleakness, their psychedelic rock sound gaining them opening spots on tours with The Vaccines and Best Coast. 2018 will see their return, if the band can add ruthlessness to their dreamy sound they will win even more admirers.
Sounds like: DIIV, Wolf Alice, Tame Impala.
Listen to: Easier Said, Ok Mr. Man, Wall Watcher.
You can’t ignore a band that is heralded by Iggy Pop. They are the epitomy of ‘UK guitar music’, raw, energetic, slightly chaotic but with talent in abundance. False Heads must capitalise on their recent successes by continuing to release uncomplicated and cutting indie-rock.
Sounds like: The Buzzcocks, Pretty Vicious, The Libertines.
Listen to: TwentyNothing, Slew, Comfort Consumption.
It’s hard to believe that Catherine McGarth hasn’t hit the big time yet. Her brand of upbeat Irish folk is both charming and whimsical. Inevitably, comparisons have been made to Taylor Swift; but Catherine McGrath has the talent and ability to make a breakthrough in her own right.
Sounds like: Taylor Swift, The Shires, Maddie & Tae.
Listen to: Hell Would Have To Freeze Over, Talk of This Town, Thought It Was Gonna Be Me.
One of the lesser known bands to make the list, Slow Crush formed in 2017 and have gone from strength to strength. Mixing shoegaze and grunge, 2018 could be their breakout year. The band have a strong gathering of fans across Europe and if this translates to success in the UK they can achieve anything.
Sounds like: Washed Out, American Football, The Pixies.
Listen to: Dizzy, Sway, Biglip.