The Best New Music, Artists And Bands For 2019
13 January 2019, 17:30 | Updated: 13 January 2019, 17:31
Which new acts should you be streaming or buying tickets to see live in 2019? Here's Radio X's pick of the very best new music with Great X-Pectations...
Radio X has the perfect playlist for 2019 with Great X-Pectations. As each New Year dawns, we hand pick a choice selection of the bands, artists and singer-songwriters that we think you’ll be hearing more of over the next twelve months.
Find out more about the best new music for 2019, plus listen to our pick of the acts right here…
London-based progressive pop quartet fronted by versatile singer Catrin Vincent, who released their debut EP, Forget Yourself, in January 2018. They head out on a huge UK tour in February 2019. Watch a beautiful, exclusive live version of their song Tree right here.
Official website: www.underneathanothersky.com
Taking their name from the Greek god of requited love, this London quartet is fronted by Laura Hayden, boast influences from Blondie to Brandon Flowers, and describe their sound as “disco with a side of rock". Debut album When We Land arrives in March 2019 - take a listen to the opening track, Call Your Mother here.
Official website: www.anterosofficial.com
Charlie Brown and Jules Konieczny met at a chess club in Ealing, West London and their collaboration started out as a side project for two busy musicians, before they decided to focus on APRE. Touting themselves as intelligent, alternative pop, the duo’s latest single Backstreet was released in December 2018 and they have live dates lined up for 2019, including London’s Omeara on 3 April. Watch them perform an exclusive live version of Without Your Love alfresco, especially for Radio X.
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/apreband
Raised in South Wales, 21-year-old Jade Bird recorded her first EP, Something American, in Woodstock, New York State and was signed to Glassnote, home to Mumford And Sons. With a voice that recalls Patti Smith and Alanis Morrisette and a sound that mixes Americana and indie pop, Jade’s excellent singles Uh Huh and Love Has All Been Done Before have received daytime airplay on Radio X. She will be heading out on tour with Hozier in March 2019. See Jade in session for Radio X here.
Official website: www.jade-bird.com
Hailing from County Cavan, Ireland, Aine Cahill counts Lana Del Rey, Marina And The Diamonds and classic jazz as influences. She released her debut EP, Paper Crown, independently in 2014. Now signed to Warners, 2018 saw Aine play The Great Escape and Neighbourhood Festivals - you can watch the video for latest single Water Into Wine here.
Official website: www.ainecahill.com
Exuberant indie pop with a touch of Vampire Weekend and Foals, 2018 saw this Macclesfield trio get shortlisted for Best Live Act at the AIM Awards, before selling out the O2 Ritz in Manchester and The Garage in London. 2019 will see them release their debut album, but until then, watch the video to recent single, Loosen Up here.
Official website: www.wearecassia.com
Charlie Woods and Jake Mac have been writing songs together since the age of 14, this Brighton-born, Manchester-based duo name diverse influences such as The Beach Boys and Teenage Fanclub, and claim their music is “sweet-Americana with an electronic swooning twist”. They have an appearance at The Great Escape lined up for 2019 and you can hear their latest single Plant Trees here.
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/chappaquawrestling
Beautifully honest lyrics and laid-back beats are the speciality of this Leicester collective, fronted by Murray, whose freewheeling vocals recall Jamie T. Formed in late 2017, the band have toured heavily across the past year, with their debut single Pockets becoming a huge favourite with crowds up and down the country - as you can see from this exclusive glimpse from their show at Think Tank Underground in Newcastle last November!
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/easypeasylemonsqueezylife
Born in North Shields, Tyneside, Fender came to the attention of Ben Howard’s manager in 2013 and signed to major label Polydor in the summer of 2018. Sam’s debut single was Play God in March 2017, which was streamed over a million times on Spotify. This was followed by the moving Dead Boys and its accompanying EP at the end of the year and the announcement that the singer-songwriter had won the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. 2019 will see Sam play Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 February, Electric Brixton on 28 February and Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington on 26 May.
Official website: www.samfender.com
Stockport five-piece who dabble in psychedelica-tinged glossy indie pop. 2019 is looking very nice - June sees them perform on the bill at Blossom’s massive Edgeley Park homecoming show and in July they’re playing Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl with The Wombats. Take a listen to their latest track, Heavy, featuring a video shot on their most recent tour.
Official website: www.fuzzysunband.com
Formerly known as Get Inuit, the name change doesn’t appear to have had any effect on the trajectory of this Kent-based quartet who perform - as they call it - “dirty pop”. Their debut album, Be Content, comes out on 8 March 2019 via Wichita Records - take a listen to their latest, Being Strange, here.
Official website: www.indoorpets.club
The Wirral-based garage rock trio of Lia Metcalfe (lead guitar) George Favager (bass) and Chrissy Moore (drums) formed in 2016 and gained an influential fan in the form of The Coral’s James Skelly, who produced their debut single Hormone. The band have supported Miles Kane on his tour earlier this year and they will be special guests of the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets in February 2019. Hear their single Hormone here.
Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/themysterines
Having gained a reputation for their frantic live performances and epic guitar rock sound, Sea Girls have been plying their trade throughout 2018 and released their latest single All I Want To Hear You Say in September. They head out on a major headline tour at the end of February 2019 - but you can get a taste of their amazing live show with this exclusive clip, showcasing the band’s appearances with appearances at Truck, Citadel, All Points East and Leeds festivals across the summer.
Official website: www.seagirls.net
West Lothian’s The Snuts have been creating a buzz throughout 2018, capping off the year with a run of sold out dates. They issued their Manhattan Project single in September and have already lined up shows at SXSW and Mad Cool festival for 2019. Take a look at them in action at Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele in October.
Official website: www.thesnuts.co.uk
Sophie And The Giants
Fronted by the distinctive voice of Sophie Scott, this Sheffield-based guitar-pop four-piece met at music college in Spring 2017 and released their debut EP, Adolescence, in October. Tom Grennan was so impressed by the band, he had them as support on his European tour last Autumn. Take a listen to the track Waste My Air here.
Official website: www.sophieandthegiants.com
Harlsden’s Sports Team released their debut EP Winter Nets in January 2018 and have since been building up a word-of-mouth buzz across the year, supporting The Magic Gang, Hinds and Rat Boy. Their recent single, Margate, was recorded with Courtney Barnett and they have a stack of live dates lined up for 2019, including a show at London’s Electric Ballroom on 22 March. You can see how they’ve been getting on via this boisterous tour diary here…
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/sportsteamband
Known to his mum as Ethan Barnett, this 21-year-old from Hertford comes from a musical family and has been mentored by Hugo White of The Maccabees. He released his debut EP Lucy independently, but was quickly snapped up by major Warner Bros. Having toured with Stereophonics and Tom Grennan in 2018, he’s set to release his debut album in April. Get a taste of the track Better Than Me - along with a peek into Ethan’s massive year - via this exclusive clip.
Official website: tentonnes.com
Chiming guitar pop trio from Limerick, Ireland, whose latest EP Given Up dropped in November. Aoife Power (vocals/ bass), Niall Burns (guitar), Andrew Flood (drums) have released singles such as Heaven On Earth and a cover of the Cranberries classic Dreams, and supported The Vaccines and Blossoms acroos the year. They've just dropped an incredible new track called Never Let Go and play Manchester's Deaf Institute on 10 February and Electrowerkz in London on 13 February.
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/whenyoungband
Brighton four-piece Yonaka create dark, distorted, beats-heavy guitar rock, fronted by the charismatic Theresa Jarvis. 2018 saw them tour with Bring Me The Horizon, with their latest EP Creature being released in November - the title track quickly found a place on the Radio X playlist.
Official website: weareyonaka.com
This Liverpool singer is also a producer, director, actor and comic book illustrator - and her anthemic songwriting got her a support slot on Courteeners’ recent UK tour.
Official website: www.thisiszuzuofficial.com
Want to know more about her? We asked Zuzu some quick fire questions backstage at one of the gigs - watch how she replied here.