FSM Sound of 2014

FSM Sound of 2014

We all know that no-one really agrees with the BBC Sound of whatever-year-longlist, the final 5 or the winner right!?
And we can all create a better list, can’t we? So, we’ve chosen a couple of bands who meet a handful of requirements, who we think could also deserve the title as Sound of 2014; however, we doubt that anyone gives a flying fuck…

In case you’re wondering, here are the requirements (we’re as reliable as the FIFA):

  • Haven’t signed a multi-million dollar “dream” contract the world’s biggest labels
  • Can perform live
  • Don’t appear daily on BBC Radio 1
  • Have no debut album out yet
  • And are just fucking great

So, here’s our Sound of 2014! (Bands are in random order, and anyway, we don’t pick a winner!)

Sivu (UK)
Winning our heart with his “lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-looo” ‘Better Man Than He’, 20-odd year old Sivu’s pop tunes are delicate pieces of art. Not to forget the amazing artwork and videos!
Recorded the amazing ‘I Hold’ with Marika Hackman (and they shared a headline tour!), performed at the first Sofar Sounds UK Tour and supported Stornoway.

Spring Offensive (UK)
‘Young’ Oxford five-piece who pledged their way to fund their debut album. They’ll even kidnap someone for just a couple of £££’s..
Impressed with ‘Speak’, a picture perfect radio-friendly pop tune and heart-warming live performances!
Debut album out in 2014!

Thumpers (UK)
Signed on SubPop in the US, London’s duo toured with Chvrches through Europe. Sound of Screams EP might not sound very accessible to a big audience, but it takes the band just a couple of seconds to win over the crowd with their performance.
Sounds of Screams is one of our favourite tracks of the year!

The Away Days (TR)
Indie-pop from Istanbul in optima-forma. Supported Belle and Sebastian, played at SXSW and did a short UK tour. KEXP are fans, and so are we!
Are currently working on, or may have already finished, their debut album.
Their track ‘Dressing Room’ is, as it turns out, number 6 in our ‘most-played-list’ on Spotify. No lie!

Cosmo Sheldrake (UK)
Multi-instrumentalist and entertainer extraordinaire, Cosmo uses his magic to create top tracks from squeaking pigs, the sound of the sun and Mongolian folk music.
Cosmo is the quirky one; the one you’re proud of loving. Don’t tell him that though…

Chloë Howl (UK)
Edgier than Lily Allen, catchier than Kate Nash, brighter than the bloody sun. Chloë Howl is weaponed with catchy pop tunes bringing you an ever-lasting smile, unless you’re the guy in her latest single who got dumped very creatively!
The people’s favorite? Probably.

We Were Evergreen (FR)
This Parisian trio, currently residing in London, are a special bunch. Never have we seen a xylophone and ukulele to create complete out-of-your-mind folky-pop-electro jams on stage. Toured with Villagers, London Grammar and do regular stints in Europe in between recording sessions.
You and me under a tree!

Wolf Alice (UK)
Loud and powerful on ‘Fluffy’, or soft and delicate on ‘Blush’, this North-London four-piece impressed with every track along the way so far. Currently recording their debut album, named as most blogged band by BBC Radio 6 and tipped by many punters, Wolf Alice should surprise again next year!

NONONO (SE)
Trying to write about NONONO without mentioning the fact that they’re from pop-haven Stockholm is difficult.
Or rather impossible. ‘Pumpin Blood’ was a HypeMachine chart-topper, and not by surprise. TV ad friendly pop tunes with an electro twist.
Perfectly produced, easy to digest. NONONO’s tunes still put a smile on my face…

Yes, we will regret publishing this list the moment it’s online.
Yes, we’ve missed lots of bands.
Yes, there are some bands or artist you might dislike.
Yes, that’s your opinion.
But this is ours!
So feel free to be disgusted; disagreement is totally acceptable!

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