All this music is fresh on the scene and totally fantastic. Two of the three bands have even produced music videos, which in this age of indie austerity is a blooming achievement.
There’s a general weariness in Britain about the shoddiness of mainstream pop music. It’s been building and a growing frustration is brewing with some newspapers blaming it on a lack of social mobility that disallows working-class kids to create original music, with some commentators laying the blame on a risk-averse British media unwilling to tapper the cultural damage caused by 15 years of Simon Cowell.
Whatever it is, the UK ought to never cease creating great guitar music and should always promote the songs of foreign bands influenced by the rock’n’roll of Blighty.
Crushed Beaks’ Overgrown
The garage-pop energy of this London band has annoyed much of Britain’s music press whom believe that Crushed Beaks ought to be supported more by national radio stations on account of how good they are. You do get the feeling that there’s a restless in the UK music industry to somehow revitalise things by finding young white guys with guitars that can bring about a serious generational shift through rock music. There are big expectations from Crushed Beaks but the change sought needs a better strategy than just vesting one’s hope a band that sounds this cool.
The reason why this Russian band is getting a modicum of airplay and great press in UK broadsheets is because they produce music that honours the classic British shoegaze scene of 1990, but meshes it with ethereal foreign touches.
Singer, Lyubov, sings in English because apparently it’s more “melodious” than the Russian language. Their soon to be released debut album debut album Everything Else Matters is said to be stunning, though it doesn’t seem that the heaps of positive press it currently courts will be enough to make Pinkshinyultrablast anything other than slightly hipster cool. It’s too leftfield and the band’s name doesn’t help, either.
Menace Beach’s Tastes like Medicine
Trust the north of England to deliver a garage-pop band that sounds so infectious. This is the kind of entertaining and fun indie music that ought to be on everyone’s playlist, but, tragically, it’s somehow perceived as being too niche.
Hailing from Leeds, West Yorkshire, Menace Beach totally tributes the sort of sound that was prominent during the glory days of guitar bands. The video replicates the type of down and dirty VHS recorded, 4:3 aspect ratio clips that used to come on MTV decades ago, overlaying it with novel animation to add requisite indie character.