Ones To Watch in 2011


Ones To Watch in 2011

1. The Good Natured


‘Be My Animal’ By The Good Natured

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We’ve featured  Sarah McIntosh-The Good Natured, a fair bit in 2010, and hopefully 2011 will see her star continue to rise. Picture a less imperious Ladytron or maybe Dubstar with empathy or even La Roux devoid of reedy voice and gargantuan ego. With silver in her lungs and gold in her heart The Good Natured could well prove to be the most interesting act to emerge from the current crop of female electronic pop pioneers. It’s a darkly celebratory sound, full of contradictions, euphoric yet  melancholic, phlegmatic yet expressive, and it really should establish Sarah as one of our brightest talents. She also produced one of the finest cover versions I’ve had the pleasure of hearing in 2010, a beautiful, hauntingly evocative version of Sufjan StevensFor The Windows In Paradise’ (below)

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Interview here


2. Islington Boys Club.

Islington Boys Club-Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

Another band who should make a name for themselves next year! Glittering dark goth pop which shows what could happen if  Bauhaus,  Siouxsie and Bowie were all trapped in Andre Delambre’s matter transporter.

“Plastic 16” By Islington Boys Club.

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3. The Vaccines

The Vaccines- Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

“Blow It Up” By The Vaccines

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You don’t really need to be a pop Nostradamus to predict that The Vaccines are going to bigger than Dawn French after a midnight binge in 2011. The delightfully raw don’t give a f**k speedball insouciance of  The Ramones flavoured ‘Wrecking Bar’ checks in at around one and a half minutes, whilst the Spectoresque /Marychain vibe of “Blow it up” and “If You Wanna” all serve notice that here is a band who seemingly have the songs  to match the hype.

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Interview here



5. Spark.

Spark-Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

Left-field, commercially viable, electro-pop is essentially what  Liverpool born Londoner Spark is all about. Her last single ‘Revolving’  mixed the soul-influenced funk  of Cameo’s ‘Word Up’ with the faux-goth pop sensibility of  Strawberry Switch Blade.  Throw in a touch of the Kate Bush style theatrics plus a dash of Alison Goldfrapp and Spark looks very much like a pop sensation in waiting. Her début album is due to ‘drop’ (as they say) this year.

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Interview here


6. Japanese Voyeurs.

Japanese Voyeurs-Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

It may get a bit annoying if every review of Japanese Voyeurs mentions the ‘grunge revival’ but when you hear the sort of visceral, tormented howling rage that Japanese Voyeurs can produce you can’t help but think that the nearest point of reference is a female Kurt Cobain. I suppose a lot will depend on how you take to Romily Alice’s vocal but personally I love a bit of twisted torment  and therefore expect this band to acquire a fearsome reputation  in 2011.

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7. Chapel Club.

Chapel Club-Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

Live Chapel Club manage to combine raw power with swoonsome melodies and powerful poetic lyrics to produce music that positively throbs with dark euphoria (what’s dark euphoria Andy?  Fuck knows but it sounds  good.) It’s a sound that manages to sound heroic without ever sounding bombastic whilst possessing a natural eloquence and intelligence that never sounds contrived or pretentious. So now you know!  Debut album ‘Palace’ is available on 31st January .

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8. Kyla La Grange.

Kyla La Grange--Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

Kyla sings with the sort of smoky world weariness that recalls a younger (albeit more sonorous) version of Marianne Faithful. As a philosophy graduate from Cambridge University her songs were unlikely to be  simplistic nursery rhymes about boys being mean, make-up, Top Shop and dancing, nope our Kyla sings about  the things that matter, life, death, the beauty of disappointment the ache of never satisfied love, the desolation of the heart and vampires, obviously. Marvellous!

Interview here.

‘Walk Through Walls’ By Kyla La Grange

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9. Seeräuber Jenny.

Seeruaber Jenny-Ones to watch in 2011 -The VPME

Seeräuber Jenny are Fran Barker from Brighton and Neil Claxton from Manchester (who was also one half of cult electronic remix duo Mint Royale.)  As Seeräuber Jenny the duo produce, a music that conveys genuine emotion, a combination of despair, isolation, beauty, strength and hope ( ie/ all the good stuff!)  which comes from a very real place. Love ’em.

Interview here

Push It Away’ By Seeräuber Jenny.

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And much more to come from Zola Jesus, Emmy The Great, Let’s Buy Happiness,  The Joy Formidable, Emily Barker, Run Toto Run, Little Comets, Catherine AD, Standard Fare and The Indelicates to name but a few !


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

Discussion12 Comments

  1. All choices that meet my tastes Smile (well ok, I’m not much of a fan of Chapel Club), a number of these appear on the my own Ones to Watch list from Dec and several of them (Kyla, Good Natured) were given high consideration for inclusion as I’ve previously blogged both. Looking forward to reading about all of these and more on the VPME for the rest of 2011. Happy new year to you.

    • Great stuff, should be interesting to see who we all pick if we can get this alternative” UK Bloggers Sound of 2012″ organised at the end of this year. Happy New Year to you sir, long may the waves continue to break Wink

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