BBC6 Music – Blog Zeitgeist -Top 25 Acts Of 2012 – Part 1 – Velvet Two Stripes


On Sunday 24th BBC 6 Music and Hype Machine are joining forces to unveil the top 25 artists of the year so far in the 2012 Music Blog Zeitgeist. This will be broadcast on Tom Robinson’s (award winning) Now Playing show  from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.  For more details check HERE  follow  6 Music’s facebook page HERE and  follow the #Blog6Music hash-tag.

We’ve been asked to contribute by naming the three bands who have impressed the most so far during 2012.

As you can imagine, it’s a difficult task, after all we could go for one of the diverse band emerging from Manchester such as the wonderful garagey  C-86 girl group thrash of PINS, the epic brooding menace of Embers or the Indie-dance-pop cross over of  Swiss Lips. Or perhaps we could venture down to the south  for some dark new wave electronica from Curxes or the possibly the quirky  “swing-folk” of Jennifer Left . We could stay local and wax lyrical about the ethereal folktronic vibe coming from the likes of Stealing Sheep and Bird, but alas  we can only pick three.

And so over the coming week, in the run up to the show we’ll be picking the musical trinity who have made our spirits soar and our hearts skip a beat, starting with….

Velvet Two Stripes :

Regular readers will no doubt be aware of our admiration for this band who are still in their infancy yet have the sound of seasoned veterans.  With nods to The Kills, The White Stripes, The Velvet Underground, The Mary Chain et all and bubbling under the surface you may understandably  think Velvet Two Stripes are the latest Brooklyn buzz band.  Therefore it may come as a surprise that all three band members hail from a small village in Switzerland and somewhat inconceivably, grew up listening to dreadful boy bands!

Thankfully they soon discovered music with slightly more substance and suitably inspired by artists like The Ramones, BB King and Janis Joplin Sophie, Franca and Sara formed their own band. Straight from the off they seemed to intuitively know just what makes a great song.  We described Supernatural the lead track from their début EP as ” one of the most  visceral, dirty, genuinely head f**kingly cool tracks of 2012. Filthy genius” and ” a dirty, sleazy, sexy, prowling curb crawl of a record.”  You can also download a freebie of “Hellhound,” another great track from the girls HERE and read our interview with lead singer Sophie  HERE

Part 2 coming up on Wednesday Wink


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.

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