We’re pleased to say that Thank Folk For New Bands has returned from its Summer holiday!
As the school terms begin once more, Fresher’s Week corrupts the most committed of scholars and real life slowly erodes the spirit all the new graduates, there has never been a more welcome time for some great new music. So here is September’s Thank Folk For New Bands, full of the best soothing and feisty new musicians out there…
Researching these artists is perhaps my second favourite thing to listening to them, because you get to see just how they describe themselves. Under ‘Band Interests’, Minnie Birch has defiantly listed ‘staying up past my bedtime’, and I cannot think of a better way of contextualising the effortlessly sweet, subtly bitter and, more than anything, endearingly sincere music Minnie Birch plays. She is a great example of the great music that can be made by a girl and her guitar; songs such as Delirium show her great ability to turn heartbreaking material into heart-warming music, whereas songs such as Sea Shanty show her appreciation of, and talent in, more traditional styles of folk storytelling. Minnie is a solo singer with a lot to offer, charm to match and a back catalogue to keep you listening way past your bedtime.
Based – Watford
Find her at – soundcloud.com/minnie-birch
Listen to – Sea Shanty
Office Of Aurora
Regular readers of Thank Folk For New Bands may have realised that I have quite a soft spot for the more ethereal folk music, and so it came as a great pleasure when I was presented with the tracklist for Office Of Aurora. This is a band who play self-confessed ‘hymn-like music’ and certainly aren’t afraid to go slow with their music; but thankfully this is a band who, like a weekend or Christmas Day, are best when they’re slow. The quartet, made up of Tom, Patrick, Chris and Catherine, are capable of making the kind of music that stirs you deep down and isn’t just enjoyed, but is felt. Office Of Aurora is a band who can really set a mood, and can, to their great credit, create an album’s worth of atmosphere in just one song.
Based – London
Find them at – officeofaurora.bandcamp.com
Listen to – Brittle Bone
One Mile An Hour
It’s always good when you hear of a band being so determined that they not only produce and promote the album themselves, but build their own studio in order to make it as good as they can. And that seems to be just what they’ve done. Their eponymous debut drifts through ringing guitar melodies and melancholic lyrics, and, having recorded their catalogue by the sea front, they share a quality of the sea as they ebb with emotive imagery and hold depths of power below the surface. Kighty’s voice, like Rod Stewart after some throat medicine, is so full of sincerity that it makes the strong versatility of their rock and roll folk a great ambitious and raw collection. Their final 10 minute-long epic Nine Eight shows just how passionate and talented they are.
Based – London
Find them at – onemileanhour.com
Listen to – Troubles Roots
The first thing that came to mind when I heard Burnt Tomorrow was The Levellers, but with a country edge and just a hint of modern American punk. I say this because there’s something quite darkly cheerful about their sound, like petulant teenagers but with ample talent and a cause worth shouting about. In their self-released debut album My First Mistake there is everything from hard rock guitar to enchanting accordion sounds, and there is as much soul in the screaming rock and roll track From The Heart as there is in the plaintive and heartfelt I Miss Your Smile. It’s bands like this this that remind you just how versatile folk can be, and, with the passion and enjoyment they obviously have, Burnt Tomorrow should soon be sharing their folk rock to a much wider audience.
Based – Reading
Find them at – soundcloud.com/burnt-tomorrow
Listen to – Blind
The modern world of music is about versatility and adaptability, two things which Lizabett Russo, the Scotland based singer-songwriter, certainly has – as well as a fair amount of talent. Her debut EP The Traveller’s Song is a short collection of folk ranging from the twanging guitar-infused Tonight, which could slot easily into the back catalogue of electro-folk artists such as Andy White, to the cheerful Lose Your Colour, which feels like the sweet, sunshiny daughter of Jack Johnson. Her songs have a real positive feel to them, and, like young female artists such as Rae Morris or Rachel Sermanni, her charm and soul give her music a familiar, but wonderfully energetic edge. Lizabett Russo is obviously a girl committed to her music, and, as The Traveller’s Song shows, someone with a lot of variety to draw on.
Based – Scotland
Find her at – soundcloud.com/lizabett-russo
Listen to – Lose Your Colour