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New Music by Region #14

New Music by Region #14

by Hector Barley (Google+), 14 December 2011

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 8 major cities and regions from across the UK (and Ireland). With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Dublin, Norwich, London and Oxford.

New Music by Region #13 can be found here!

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  • Name: Health & Efficiency – ‘Severn’
  • For Fans Of: Sonic Youth and These New Puritans
  • Website: Official site
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

A slow cooker that eventually descends into a magnificent wall of scuffed-up fuzzy noise, is carried along by an undercurrent of tremolo guitar, piano and vocals plus some awesome skills on the skins. Named after a 112-year old naturist magazine (possibly), the Brum outfit heave with the unbridled pleasure of 21st century experimental art-rock. Previous slots with vintage pysch-rock band Arbouretum, retro-futurist electronica trio Seeland and at alt-fest Supersonic go some way to mark out their musical intentions. Beautifully disordered.

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  • Name: Astroid Boys – ‘Trouble Out Tonight’
  • For Fans Of: Foreign Beggars & Odd Future.
  • Website: Band website
  • Correspondent: Emma Dudley

Astroid Boys are taking over Cardiff with their infectious rap and raw hip, hop including a fan base at Radio 1. About to release their first album at Christmas after the immense response to their EP ‘Space Jam . For fans of a more serious GLC but not for people who think swearing is an uncool as a drunken grandmother. They will be the band everyone should see in 2012.

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  • Name: Land lovers – ‘The Cinema Bell’
  • For Fans Of: Weezer and Stephen Malkmaus and the Jicks.
  • Website: Band website
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

A couple of years ago a group of passionate kids, sick of a stagnant music industry, got together and did it themselves. The result was the popical island collective and one of the progenitors was Land Lovers' Pádraig Cooney. After releasing a well received debut record, Cooney put together a full band and now has the power and dynamics to compliment his supremely catchy pop songs.

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  • Name: Stapleton - Full Beams Down The Mountain
  • For Fans Of: American Football, Cymbals Eat Guitars
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

While not a new band (by a long shot), Stapleton formed in 1997 and with four albums under their belt, they have still not been recognised beyond a very intimate and lucky cult following (less than 5000 listeners on last.fm is a travesty in my eyes). Recommend to me by the new singer of This Town Needs Guns and previously Pennines who are two of my favourite bands, I had to check Stapleton out. At the recent TTNG gig at King Tut's, members of the crowd shouted the band's name after seeing Henry Tremain's band t-shirt; the Scots are proud of this band, and righty so - huge elements of American Football style 90s emo meets Cymbals Eat Guitars. The album Hug The Coast is on sale for £2 on the band's site currently, daylight robbery defined.

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  • Name: Professor Penguin – Pilot
  • For Fans Of: Bombay Bicycle Club, To Kill A King.
  • Website: Official SIte
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

What's better than a strong endorsement from BBC 6 Music and...Brian Eno? I can't think of many things, and Professor Penguin seems to be quite content with their accolades, thought they're likely to get a whole more as they days pass. The new single "Pilot" was released just last week, with the debut full length Planes to follow in early 2012.

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  • Name: Doctrines – ‘Grey Home & Northern Grammar’
  • For Fans Of: Fucked Up, Riverboat Gamblers
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

Angry, fierce but melodic punk has for too long been a solely American genre. While our friends across the pond have produced great acts like Marked Men, Fucked Up, Hold Steady etc. We seem unable to find any middle ground between lad rock and scary hardcore bands. Doctrines fill this gap perfectly with driving, aggressive rhythms but enough melody and optimism to make fun and addictive rock songs.

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  • Name: Maersk – ‘For you I
  • For Fans Of:Gold Panda, Caribou
  • Website: Website
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Maersk is a one man sonic landscape noise machine. Sometimes ambient lo-fi, sometimes pulsating dance beat. Either way, the end result is always a beautiful cacophony of sound. He’s released two EP’s independently online in the last two years, and remixed work by Norwich band Olympians in the past few months. He’s set to play a handful of shows around Norwich in the new year and is definitely best enjoyed live.

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  • Name: Tiger Mendoza – ‘Human Basics'
  • For Fans Of: Aphex Twin, Burial
  • Website: Website Type
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Tiger Mendoza is the brain child of Oxford based guitarist and bedroom producer Ian de Quadros. Ian has been playing live with vocalist Helena Markou and guitarist Dan O'Driscoll. The trio recently supported DJ Shadow at the o2 Academy and have been getting a lot of hype locally. Aside from driving electronica tracks such as The New Scum, you should go check out their soundcloud for some ace nu soul deconstructions, my personal favourite is the Burial-esque rework of 90s soul classic No Diggity by Blackstreet.

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