Sunday, April 13, 2008

To Listen To In 2008 - Part 3

That time has come again and there are plenty of contenders. Here are a few that are on my list but I'll leave the Scandinavian contenders for another post:

First and foremost it has to be
Blood Red Shoes:

Box of Secrets, their début album, is released tomorrow on V2 (Universal).

They have been around since 2005 and, fairly unusually, are a grunge-punk two-piece consisting of Laura-Mary Carter (guitar and vocals) and Steven Ansell (drums and vocals). Their live sets and singles released to date have won them wide admiration and the album is only likely to cement that.

The next band is a very different proposition but then Scotland should never be ignored, least of all Make Model.

Aimi sings 'Just another Folk Song' live.

They are a six-piece from Glasgow and both geographically and musically speaking they are in very good company indeed. What is not immediately evident is that, when they decide there is a need to do so, they can simultaneously muster both three guitarists and three vocalists.
Some comparisons are simply too obvious to mention - Make Model are just made for the large stage but their music is actually made by a band that believes meaningful pop still really matters.
If I had my way they would become huge in 2008.

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