Awesome space-y psych rock from The Netherlands
Andrew Trendell
15:15 12th February 2016
  • No Sugar: No Sugar are one of the best live bands we saw in 2015. Their debut EP, Hard Up, was produced by legendary producer Mark Waterman (Ride, Elastica, Peter Perret) at Blue Studios in Dalston and it gives you an idea of how fun their AC/DC-esque live experience can be.

  • Shvpes: You may have seen them on the road with the likes of Fightstar or 35 Crazyfists, but next year is when Shvpes step up to dominate huge stages and the airwaves on their own terms. This is just good metal done proper - with an infectious groove, epic soundscapes and one hell of a scream, it's just a matter of time until they're rivalling Enter Shikari and Bring Me The Horizon in the arena realm.

  • Dead!: After a year of heavy touring and destroying any festival they step foot in, Dead!'s blend of emo poetry, heartfelt sincerity and arena-ready choruses mean that they can't really fail. They've a sound of their own, but here's hoping they can fill that My Chemical Romance-shaped hole.

  • Black Foxxes: For fans of Biffy Clyro and Arcane Roots, Black Foxxes are a band who play like they feel every single chord. A cliche-free journey of cliche-free hard-rock driven ever-skyward by melodramatic and dynamic vocals, expect their next releases to find them a fame that matches their much-deserved critical acclaim.

  • Desert Mountain Tribe: This blistering London based psych-rock three piece have what it takes to crack the biggest stages. Their intense and addictive single 'Runway' was released last week and gives a taste of what this band, who have just signed an album deal with Membran Entertainment group (Europe) and Metropolis Records (America), are capable of. Ones to Watch for sure.

  • Cold Ocean Lies: It's very early days for this Birmingham four-piece and they haven’t publicly revealed too much about the industry support they’ve got so based on the sound alone, which has brilliant balance of catchy choruses and heavy guitar - it’s easy to tell that Cold Ocean Lies will be a much more prominent name next year.

  • Riddles: Proto-rockers Riddles are fairly well known for having one of the best guitar players on the circuit in Jimi Riddle. Live, they're brutally loud and brilliant. Riddles end an amazing year as main support for Fat White Family at the Bussey Building in London on 10 December and hopefully start 2016 with a debut album.

  • No Sugar: No Sugar are one of the best live bands we saw in 2015. Their debut EP, Hard Up, was produced by legendary producer Mark Waterman (Ride, Elastica, Peter Perret) at Blue Studios in Dalston and it gives you an idea of how fun their AC/DC-esque live experience can be.

  • Bright Young People: Having supported The Offspring at Brixton Academy, Bright Young People have already proved they can hack it at the top stages. They released their first proper singles this year through Gary Powell of The Libertines’ label 25 Hour Convenience Store. If you like your rock to be pure, hard and heavy, then get yourself some Bright Young People.

  • Slutface: A break-neck riot-grrrrl force of sheer punk abandon with absolutely no fucks given. Live, they're one hell of a rush, but lyrically they're a socially conscious attack on hipsterism, fakery and dickheads. They're about having a good time, all the time. Here are a band you can believe in.

  • Broken Hands: There's no one quite like these guys at the moment. Their single 'Meteor’ is catchy and 'real' enough to make Noel Gallagher approve the songwriting, but feral enough to capture the imagination of even the hardest rock fans.

  • Cold Ocean Lies: It’s very early days for this Birmingham four-piece and they haven’t publicly revealed too much about the industry support they’ve got so based on the sound alone, which has brilliant balance of catchy choruses and heavy guitar - it’s easy to tell that Cold Ocean Lies will be a much more prominent name next year.

  • Bright Young People: Having supported The Offspring at Brixton Academy, Bright Young People have already proved they can hack it at the top stages. They released their first proper singles this year through Gary Powell of The Libertines’ label 25 Hour Convenience Store. If you like your rock to be pure, hard and heavy, then get yourself some Bright Young People.

  • Slutface: A break-neck riot-grrrrl force of sheer punk abandon with absolutely no fucks given. Live, they're one hell of a rush, but lyrically they're a socially conscious attack on hipsterism, fakery and dickheads. They're about having a good time, all the time. Here are a band you can believe in.

  • Myrkur: There's no doubt that black metal is largely a male-dominated genre, but this one-woman force of nature brings enough apocalyptic, Scandinavian darkness and intensity to make her heaviness outweigh all others. She released her debut album M earlier this year, but expect to seize the hard rock throne in 2016. You must catch her live at all costs.

Looking for a band that blend the scorched desert sounds of stoner with some stratospheric and psychedelic space sounds? Then you need Birth Of Joy in your life. Check out the Gigwise premiere of the video for brilliant new single 'Hands Down' below. 

Taken from their upcoming album Get Well, 'Hands Down' is the manifestation of the Dutch trio's manic live experience, and the full scope and scale of their ambitious canon of sound. 

“This is perhaps the most danceable song we’ve ever put on record,” say the band of 'Hands Down'. “The verses have you galloping through a post-apocalyptic world where everything goes to hell, but later the choruses light it all up in a weird sort of very danceable stoner-disco.”

Get Well is released on 26 February, and the band play London's Borderline on 16 March

 Pre-order it on vinyl or from iTunes.

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