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Hot new indie bands #12

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Check out these brand new indie bands and artists from around the web. Discover new songs for your playlist ranging from indie rock to psychedelia. Want to be featured in this list? Send us your music via Submithub.



01. Jack River – Later Flight

Genre: Indie pop, From: Australia, for fans of: Angie McMahon, Alex The Astronaut, Middle Kids

Later Flight is the first new single by Jack River since the release of her debut album Sugar Mountain earlier this year. Holly Rankin (Jack River’s real name) had to book a later flight home while she was recording the song in Melbourne. The chorus was written while she was touring the album, as she recalls:

This feeling of rushing, loving and dreaming of home drove the song to where it is… I wasn’t sure if I had the guts to say something as bold as ‘I will love you for all of my life’.

02. Callow Youth – Red Leather

Genre: indie rock, from: UK, for fans of: Sisteray, The K’s, Touts

Rising Manchester britpop four piece Callow Youth explore their heavier side on new single Red Leather. In the past, the quartet have gained support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins at BBC 6Music. You can catch them live at Shiiine On Weekender in Manchester or at the The Star & Garter on Friday 29th November.

Frontman Alfie Turner commented on the track:

Red Leather was inspired by a pair of red leather pants a girlfriend bought, which I thought were cool as sh**, and a road trip that happened around that same time.


03. Useless Cities – How To Feel

Genre: post punk, from: UK, for fans of: The National, Interpol, Editors

Useless Cities’ latest track How To Feel was produced by Paul Tipler (Placebo/The Horrors/Idlewild) and it shows. Soaring post punk guitars combined with male/female dual vocals bring the song to life. The band comment on the song:

It is about the beginning of a new relationship, when you are trying to engage the feeling part of your heart. The thought of it all working out, despite reservations is a nice dream. Well, we all need to have hope…

04. The Riversiders – Stranger

Genre: Indie rock, from: UK, for fans of: Marsicans, The Academic, Bloxx

The Riversides are a fresh young four piece based out of London. New single Stranger is only the first release ever and follows on from their debut Homesick. Here is what the boys had to say on the track:

‘Stranger’ touches on the subtle feelings of loss which many people choose to hide, it ultimately celebrates the recovery and growth of the individual as they find themselves once more, comfortable in their own skin.

05. Vaughan – Isabella

Genre: Indie pop, from: UK, for fans of: Banks, Troye Sivan, Lorde

Isabella is the third single from Vaughan’s debut EP I Am and it tells quite the story. When Vaughan was uncertain about his sexuality, a girl names Isabella was kind of a last straw for him to not be gay. Luckily, she helped him accept who he is and he dedicated her this song.

When I was a teenager, I forced myself to fall in love with Isabella because I had this ideal that she was my last answer to not be gay.

06. Reevah – Older Now

Genre: singer-songwriter, From: UK, for fans of: Jade Bird, Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers

Older Now is Reevah’s first new single since her debut EP Hummingbird. Recorded with a full band for the first time, the track is the first to be revealed from her new EP A Different Light, set for release on April 24th 2020. Aoife Boyle, Reevah’s civil name, comments on the track:

For me ‘Older Now’ marks a change in many ways. I have started working with a full band and I really wanted that sound to be conveyed in this track. It’s a true reflection of my live set-up and performance as an artist.

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Deborah Jacobs

Music blogger by night, SEO by day. Started Indie is not a Genre in 2011, will always prefer live music over recordings and intimate pub gigs over arena shows.

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