Welcome back to New Music by Region. Every fortnight we will present the best new music in nine major cities across the UK (and Ireland). With the help of regional correspondents, we present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Newcastle.



  • Location: Brighton
  • Name: Theo Verney
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Bee Adamic

Theo Verney creates a scuzzy and sludgy garage rock sound, that leaves you strangely hypnotised from the waist up. What separates him from the competition is his perfectly crafted songs, his EP was recorded, played and produced all by himself. He’s had quite the promising start with recent releases on Italian Beach Babes and opening the recent London show for Parquet Courts.



  • Location: Birmingham
  • Name: God Damn
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

Recasting 'In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song)', the title track to David Lynch's 1977 surrealist horror Eraserhead, into a slab of furious, trippy and grinding sludge-metal like this takes a whole heap of minerals and audacity - two qualities these Black Country boys have in absolute spades. Beyond immense.



  • Location: Cardiff
  • Name: Quiet Marauder
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Quiet Marauder have been bringing Cardiff crowds to their knees with laughter since the tail end of 2011, and this year has seen the release of their quadruple album (yes, you read that right) MEN by city stalwarts Bubblewrap Collective. Almost five hours of anti-folk on the changing face of masculinity in the modern era. Whatever your opinion of it, MEN is like nothing you've ever heard.



An Australian ex-pat who relocated to Dublin a year or so ago, Liza Flume has made rapid inroads into both the acoustic and electronic scenes, the latter through her work with Galway producer Daithi.



It may be a bit of a cheat to say this Irish-born, Glasgow based indie band are the next best thing to come out of Scotland, but it's true nonetheless. Socially and politically aware, they bring the message back to the music, whilst still giving us infectiously catchy indie tunes.



  • Location: Leeds
  • Name: Dancing Years
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Emily Tan

One listen to Dancing Years' 'Here's To My Old Friends' reminds you that less can really be more. While acoustic music might sound too stripped for some, the Leeds sextet's lyrics and David Henshaw's flawless vocals will make you glad you want to turn it up.



Liverpudlian four piece Circa Waves' debut double A side single 'Get Away' & 'Good For Me' is out now on Kissability Records, but with a substantial industry buzz and a major deal reportedly on the cards after an industry dog fight; expect 2014 to be a fruitful year for one of the best indie pop rock bands to come out of this fine city in a while.



I almost didn't write about Res. You see their bio states their from Devils Lake, North Dakota - they are instead a quartet from North London. Luckily there's nothing deceptive about their music though, 'She's A Witch' is intelligent and inventive indie-pop of the highest order, boasting infectious melodies, engaging production and a unique voice to top it all off.



The brutishly sounding Manchester four-piece Thugs on Wolves are actually more like little lambs with their gracefully crafted songs and sparing instrumentation. Obscure tribal beats, primitive strings and electronic deluges unfurl into radiant harmonies telling tales both dark and soul warming.



Lo-fi? DIY? Wey aye! Rice Milk are a two-piece band from Newcastle, their simplicity is their strength, crafting lean and melodic songs which tread that joyous line between messy pop and dreamy noise. They self released their debut EP earlier this year as well as supporting the likes of PINS, Bleached and Tyrannosaurus Dead. The duo recently worked with ASDFG Records to release 'Be A Mensch', the limited run of cassettes have sold out but you can get your digital version via their bandcamp page.