Welcome to the third edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 9 major cities and regions from across the UK. With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Norwich, Manchester and Oxford.

New Music by Region #2 can be found here!

Birmingham
  • Name: Arkala - 'Kissing You’ (Live)
  • Website: N/A
  • Correspondent: Simon Goff

One of the most exciting things about new music in Birmingham is the diversity of the numerous scenes there. Some people say there isn't a strong scene but quite the opposite, once you look a little bit past the listings on NME, there is some amazing music to be found. An example of this is the duo of Benjamin Kane and Thomas Ford, 'Arkala'. To be found playing sets in 6/8 Kafe in central Birmingham, they blend their sound of just guitar and drum kit, exploring all the ways they can be played, to create to most beautiful music iv heard in a long time. To catch them, ask in 6/8 for when their next appearance will be.

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  • Name: Early Ghost – ‘1914'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Gary Scattergood

Ok, so Early Ghost aren’t technically from Brighton, hailing from nearby Lewes and Eastbourne, but they play here so often that have become honorary citizens. In spite of their tender years, their folksie- pop melancholy is wonderfully accomplished and has provided support for the likes of Jesca Hoop and Hannah Moss and Trevor Lou in recent months. Having recently released their second EP ‘We Crossed The Waves’ they are spending the rest of the year playing shows across the UK whilst writing and recording their first album.

Cardiff Joanna Gruesome
  • Name: Joanna Gruesome – ‘Talking To Yr Dick’
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Jake May

Although arguably unoriginal in sound and cursed with a pun for a name, Cardiff 5-piece Joanna Gruesome give a real good go at the noisy, twee pop sound – especially considering both the short time that they’ve been together and the ages of the individual band members. Comparisons to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (although lazy) are fairly accurate with cutesy lyrics, boy-girl vocals, and a jangling guitar sound throughout. Although certainly still in demonstration phase, these are ‘ones to watch’.

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  • Name: What The Blood Revealed - 'Politics, Here Is Death'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

What The Blood Revealed is a post-metal/rock band from the burgh of Ayrshire in Scotland. The band has big boots to fill after Glasweigan post-rock heroes Mogwai have become known as 'the' Scottish post-rock band, but with two EPs and an upcoming LP of beautiful explosive sound under their belts, the group are rapidly making themselves known within the genre.

Leeds Sketches
  • Name: Sketches - 'My Father’s Son'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Liam Haynes

I first saw Sketches supporting the sorely missed Pull Tiger Tail on their farewell UK tour – the York date – and they suitably impressed me. Fast forward a couple of years and Sketches are playing a packed showcase at Oporto in Leeds to celebrate their recent string of releases; the highlight of which is their latest 7” My Fathers Son/Still Hearts. Cementing the sound that I witnessed in York a year or two before, it’s a great little record pumped full of energy and idiosyncratic Leeds charm.

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  • Name: Life In Film - 'Sorry'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

Indie cred be damned. I don’t care that Life in Film has found an unlikely companion in Burberry – the pay-through-the-teeth couture fashion giant has probably been a fan of the band longer than I have. Regardless of having new friends in high places, the London four piece cut their teeth around town long before the trips to Milan, Paris, and the string of high-profile store openings. In a city where bouts of genuine sunshine are few and far between, I am thankful for the breezy summer sing-along chorus from the band’s indie pop gem “Sorry”.

Manchester WTK
  • Name: With That Knife - 'This Place, A Thousand Times'
  • Website: www.withthatknife.com
  • Correspondent: Chris McDonald

Though I've never met them in person, I'd like to believe I've had some small influence on With That Knife. A few years back I saw a gig advertised online featuring a band named "With Knife". Being such a worldly, charming shit, I quipped that the band in question must never have heard of old San Diego band No Knife. Are With Knife and With That Knife the same band? I'd love to know. Musically, they tick the boxes required of potential Big Scary Monsters acts, and as such 405 readers will surely love them.

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  • Name: King Laconic - 'If It Is Dark'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Ethereal vocals mixed with subtle and sharp lyrics, King Laconic is above all other things (and not to diminish his other attributes) a unique and exquisite voice. Cutting above the din of your usual singer/songwriter fair King Laconic cuts a thrust and jab above his peers and slips under your skin and nestles in your marrow.

Oxford OctaviaFreudImage
  • Name: Octavia Freud - 'This Happy Death'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Brought to my attention by her demo winning a coveted demo of the month spot in Oxford fanzine Nightshift, Oxonian lo fi space pop solo artiste Octavia Freud is the most exciting new act I've come across in Oxford for a long time. From the breathy atmospherics and creepy drones of 'This Happy Death' to the pentatonic, fuzzed up post punk of 'Don't Take My Baby Away' Octavia is pressing all the right post-chillwave buttons while putting her own fractious psyche stamp on things. Her vocal is present, but not overbearing, hidden in a gloom of reverb and mixed low it adds to heighten the tension even further.