Field Day 2012 – Preview

Having just purchased my tickets for Field Day this Saturday, I thought it’d be appropriate to show you some of the acts I’m most looking for to, besides the big names such as Beirut, Rustie, The Vaccines, Metronomy, SBTRKT and Sleigh Bells.

Citizens!

Yes, that’s with an exclamation mark! The five-piece from London have already been tipped to be become big hits within the next year! And the festival season is sure to help them! The echoes of Bowie are almost unavoidable but they’ve twisted it in a manner that makes it more infectious! With Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand producing for them, let’s hope they don’t fall into the mediocrity that is so synonymous with indie-pop! But until then (if it ever happens), let’s just bop and bounce our way to 1972!

Crocodiles

With their third album, Endless Flowers, due out just three days after the festival, you have to wonder why they haven’t developed a bigger following in the UK. Their summer-tinged melodies are made for lazy days in the British sun while the feedback and dissonant noise do enough to keep those who want a more angst-laden sound interested. Field Day might just be the festival that gets them noticed in the UK, or failing that, at least it should boost the album sales a little.

Errors

Although they’ve been around for four years now and having just released a third full-length album, Errors is another band that haven’t quite garnered the support they deserve even though Mogwai were impressed enough to sign them on their label Rock Action Records. Comparisons have even been drawn with Battles but their complex, progressive sound hasn’t quite captured the ears of the world. They don’t play live as often as they’d like due to other commitments so Field Day is another opportunity to show us how to get those dopamine levels rising.

Friends

You really couldn’t choose a more generic name. Everyone knows that if you try to google “Friends” you’re just going to get results of that annoying sitcom that dominated our TVs for far too long. But what they lack in the name, they more than make up for with their ethereal sound centred around Samantha Urbani’s vocals. With their debut album out on June 4, I’d get familiar with Friends now before the hipsters cry out.

Grimes

If you haven’t heard the sound that Vancouver-based Claire Boucher is producing, you will now. It is instantly addictive, provocative yet delicate all at the same time. Just listen to ‘Oblivion’: the haunting bassline leads you into what you might will be a heavy gothic sound until the adolescent vocals kick in. It shouldn’t work but it’s so acutely produced that it does. Not sure what people are calling this brand of gothic-electronic sound, ‘witch house’ and ‘grave wave’ have been bandied around a bit.

Here We Go Magic

There’s nothing better than a bit of cheery folk to wind you down from a hard week in the city and that’s what Here We Go Magic will be trying to do this weekend. Centred around singer/songwriter Luke Temple, their blend of baroque tones and hazy textures is sure to help you get over the week just gone and forget the week to come. And if the weather permits it, you might find yourself getting lost in this swirl of psychedelic delights.

Theme Park

With only a few tracks out at the moment, any impression of Theme Park is only a brief first impression – like when you receive an email from a stranger. Yet, they have already created an indie anthem in ‘Milk’ that has been making regular appearances on radio. These guys have so little released material that any ears that prick at the sound of Theme Park will be dying to see what else they have to offer. That’s where Field Day and various other festivals come in.

To Kill A King

Another newly formed band with barely enough material to fill a floppy disk but what do we know so far. Well, they like to mix melodic folky tones with emotional charged lyrics but they are equally as effective at creating an alt-rock sound that’s more Arcade Fire than Mumford and Sons. They’ve also managed to get airtime on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, they just need to make more tunes so we don’t have to hit repeat every twenty minutes.

Zulu Winter

With their debut album recently released, the five-piece indie band from London probably can’t wait to get on with the festival season. They’re already being talked about as the new Vaccines but I disagree. Sure, they might get as big but the sound is a completely different brand of indie. Zulu Winter are more like Wild Beasts – even ‘Silver Tongue’ has sexual connotations that the Beasts loved alluding to. But will they make it to the big stage festivals like The Vaccines or furrow in the undercurrents of indie landscapes like Wild Beasts?

Edit:

Oh, I feel really bad when I miss out some awesome artists so special mentions (that means you should be listening to these guys too) go to: Last Dinosaurs, Kassem Mosse, Kidkanevil, Django Django, Spector, Fennesz, and Koreless.

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