MFM’s Guide to 2008http://jambo234.blogspot.com/
Last year we predicted success for Klaxons, Fields, Jamie T and The Maccabees. They went on to produce some of the better albums that we set our ears to in 2007. Now it’s again our turn to conclusively give you a list of bands to look up and listen to. Most of these bands will be releasing their debut records in 2008, so not only is this a list of new artists, it’s also a list of essential purchases.
Improving from our list last year, we’ve got more writers having their say leading to a wider range of artists being included – more for you to check out!
Note that this is just a list of bands we like – some lists carry names who they know will be huge – the list below contains bands who we WANT to be huge.
ARTISTS OF 2008Foals
With live performances becoming that little more priceless each time, Foals won’t be playing in small, intimate venues for much longer. A triumphant Reading set had hundreds watching from outside the tent and this is all due to the raw, ferocious and fun sound that Foals produce. Melodic guitar hooks compete for attention while lead vocalist Yannis defines ‘cool’ with his shy yet unbeatable stage presence.
Their debut, produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek is already shaping up to be a must-have.Laura Marling
At the age of 17 and already writing some of the most beautiful songs to ever come out of the city of Reading. Her EP ‘My Manic & I’ opened many eyes including mine – an appearance on Jools Holland recently outlined her capabilities with her outshining almost every other guest Holland had on the show all year.
A debut is due early 2008. We have hope after all in singer-songwriter’s. Los Campesinos!
A route to success for the grand Welsh posse seems inevitable. Singles have received stellar reviews, gigs are hyped to be a must see and they’re apparently some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They’re giving their country a proud stance seeing we’ve had to endure Stereophonics and The Automatic.
However lots of pressure is on these guys to produce in 2008, let’s hope they can do themselves justice.The Rosie Taylor Project
An MFM discovery in 2007 which Jamie stumbled upon while browsing about on myspace, they turned out to be the most talented and friendly people alive in Leeds today. Acoustic lullabies to send you to sleep, comforting you through a difficult day, the Rosie Taylor Project are more than just a simple accidental discovery. Word has spread quickly about these guys, spending their first year as a band supporting Jens Lekman and Camera Obscura isn’t bad going. Late of the Pier
With ‘Bathroom Gurgle’ being one of MFM’s singles of the year, these guys have hype coming at them from all sides. Optimistic, frantic and vibrant music accompanied with a gung-ho live performance that nobody can fail to notice, Late of The Pier are here to wake us up – by pinching us lots and lots of times.Metronomy
One man with two at his helm, it could be that Joseph Mount won’t be seeing this as a solo project for much longer. Metronomy’s live performances are trippy, dancey and these days, accompanied with backing dancers! You become addicted – wanting to see them again in an instant. Another electro act with an undeniably clear future. Foals adore them too. Broken Records
Arcade Fire+Beirut influenced joy from Scottish triumphs. Expect either a subtle rise in the next two years or sudden dominance from here onwards. Full of multi-instrumentalists, they are heading the right way in becoming one of the most exciting acts around.
Note them down as an outside tip but ensure that you spend at least an hour of your day repeating the tracks up on their myspace. Tired Irie are yet another electro-indie act who have the backing of Foals and the talent to match, it seems like these future stars are all in one special friendship group. A listen to ‘Sumerian’ will blow you away.Pete and the Pirates
Indie rock’s only hope for next year? Maybe. Pete and his crew are here to shake you by the sides and open your mind to something that makes so much sense. Indie songs have never sounded so complex and catchy at the same time, people have been going crazy for these guys, Plan B love them and so should you. Johnny Foreigner
With mini album ‘Arcs across the City’ ripping the living shit out of any pleasing victim that played it, it seems that Johnny Foreigner have officially landed on planet Earth, and we are bowing down. Already well known in and around London, their fanbase will have multiplied a million times in a year’s time. A listen to Johnny Foreigner is like the greatest, most liberating slap in the face you’ll ever confront. Blood Red Shoes
The album has been leaked and it’s been heard by many, but others are waiting for the storm to brew. A two-piece with even more edge than the White Stripes, ignore lazy Subways comparisons and when this album gets its eventual release in or around April, force yourself to purchase it. We Smoke Fags
Myspace wonderkids with ever-growing fanbase and tunes to match. Fanfarlo
Gorgeous acoustic band with a mature and steady alter ego. A live act to behold. Haunts
Dominated with the odd electronic element here and there, could get tedious but could get fantastic. a. human
Style blended with substance, ideal electronica rage. Vampire Weekend
Sophisticated indie/alternative bliss, certain for success. Friendly Fires
Listen to ‘Paris’ and let go of everything in your body. Dancey, elegant, 2008 stars.MGMT
Putting obscene psychedelic images into your head, but still keeping the music sensibly and wonderfully upbeat and brooding.
The Foals that never were, thus far, underrated afro-beat glory.
As far from Test Icicles as one could possibly go, acoustic heaven from the scenester adoring singer-songwriter.
Ice,sea, dead people
A song about Elvis and instant success via. Zane Lowe, youth at its most brutal. Santogold
M.I.A’s Bessie suffering from early stardom, needs to produce something special in 2008 to match the NME cool-list hype. Emmy the Great
Beautiful songs to play in your bedroom - one talented star on an acoustic guitar. These New Puritans
An album out early Jan, ‘Colours/Numbers’ is a must have 7” purchase for now.Rolo Tomassi
Odd-ball, raging juggernauts with a live show to leave you shell-shocked. It Hugs Back
As innocent and pretty as the name suggests, one of the many acoustic-based acts around the South of England.Crystal Castles
Record due out, showing the kids what real rave is all about. Rebbeca
‘What You Will Get’ outlined how serious and talented this band was. Big future if they keep at it. Elle Milano
Seen as a tip for 2007, they still pursue success and look a dead cert to gain even more recognition with their guitar-fuelled fire starting tunes.Black Kids
Something original and catchy we can behold in 2008, with an indie-king status.Cut Off Your Hands
Fired up indie dance-off holders. Chants galore with a team spirit to match, Maccabees-esque groove.
The Albums + Acts we’re looking forward to the most
Some of these albums are unannounced, some are planned out and ready to hear and some have already been leaked. Nonetheless, all will be essential listens over the next 12 months. You may recognise a lot of these acts from the list above, or from a couple of years+ ago when they shot to fame originally. Beach House
- DevotionBe Your Own Pet
- Get AwkwardBloc Party
– TBABlood Red Shoes
- Box of SecretsBritish Sea Power
- Do You Like Rock Music?Coldplay
- TBACrystal Castles
- Crystal CastlesDeerhunter
- The Seldom Seen KidFoals
- AntidotesFranz Ferdinand
- TBAHot Chip
– Made In the DarkI Was a Cub Scout
- I Want You To Know That There Is Always HopeLate of the Pier
- TBALightspeed Champion
- Falling Off the Lavender BridgeLos Campesinos!
- Hold On Now, Youngster...of Montreal
– Skeletal LampingR.E.M.
– AccelerateThe Futureheads
– TBAThe Magnetic Fields
– DistortionThe Raconteurs
- TBAThe Young Knives
– SuperabundanceThese New Puritans
– Beat PyramidWolf Parade