Future Five: Alternative and Indie-Pop
This week’s Future Five focuses on all things alternative and indie-pop. Full of bouncy melodies and catchy lyrics to sing along to, these are five of the up and coming bands you need on your radar this week.
Formed in 2016, the past year has seen indie-pop four piece Floral Scene really make a name for themselves. Not only did they play to a sold-out crowd at Deaf Institute in support of Saint Motel, they also headlined their own show at The Castle Hotel. They finished last year by supporting The Cheap Thrills at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and are starting this one with a gig at Jimmy’s on February 8th which is not to be missed.
Their latest single ‘Esteem’ is a bouncy, summery pop tune. Made for fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Bombay Bicycle Club, it also holds the slightest hint of teenage frustration in the lyrics that cut through the track’s sugary sweetness giving it edge. Earlier single ‘25’ is heartbreakingly nostalgic with a hopeful look to the future. Fans of Viola Beach will love these guys, and they are surely on their way to big things.
Somehow, FUR have managed to take the sound of the early 60’s and infuse it perfectly with modern alternative-pop without compromising on anything. Their latest single ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’ is an upbeat and jangly tune full of youthful optimism in the face of heartbreak, with an accompanying video that’s just as quirky as the band who made it. Based out of Brighton, FUR have been making music together for over two years now, but since working with Jager Curtain Call to record the single and playing a set at Bestival in the Summer, they’ve been almost unstoppable, playing nonstop gigs both in their hometown and around London. Their cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Christmas’ sounds perfect with their vintage-inspired sound.
Formed in east London in 2015, Banfi’s third year of making music together looks as though it’s set to be a big one. In March they set off to play a few shows in Europe, before returning to the UK to headline a mini-tour here, including a date at The Soup Kitchen on March 20th. Their music is best described as pop, but with hints of rock and an alternative edge throughout.
‘Happy When You Go’, the first single from their debut album, is, above all else, infectiously catchy with a chorus that’s impossible not to sing along to. The lyrics are both poetic and straightforward and, in some cases, a little dark and bittersweet. Latest single ‘Caroline’ is a heartbreaking step away from their usual sound, a huge track bursting with nostalgia, regret and most importantly, love. They’ve been teasing a big announcement for a while now, so keep an eye out for new material.
London five-piece Night Flowers had an absolutely massive 2017, supporting both The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Japanese Breakfast on their UK tours at a number of sold-out dates, as well as filling their Summer with a number of festivals including Boudica and End of the Road. Their alternative sound has a touch of shoegaze and dream pop element lent to it by ethereal, almost impossibly sweet vocals.
Single ‘Amy’, taken from their ‘Glow in the Dark’ EP is an optimistically youthful ode to growing up and taking chances that sticks around in your head long after it’s finished, and lead single ‘Glow in the Dark’ is more of the same, oozing hope and romance in equal measure. If their constant teasing is anything to go by, they should be announcing the release date for their debut album any day now.
Made up of two sisters and one best friend, The Orielles are based out of Halifax and have been making music together, learning as they go, since 2014. Their genre-spanning sound is influenced by bands such as Sonic Youth and Pixies, giving it a 90’s undertone with a modern, updated twist. Their latest single ‘Blue Suitcase’ is a lot of fun, with a hint of a disco vibe in there that’s telling of their DIY attitude and sets them apart from the alternative pop crowd.
Earlier single ‘I Only Bought it for the Bottle’ has a slightly darker edge to it but is no less catchy, and no less exciting. After a visit to Europe in February, they’ll be back on tour in the UK, playing Manchester’s Gorilla on April 14th, and will be releasing their debut album next month on Heavenly Recordings.