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, Brighton, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.



  • Location: Brighton
  • Name: Tigercub
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Bee Adamic

Dirge pop/new wave grunge-trio Tigercub had Radio 6 gushing that their single 'Little Rope' and dropped them in it as 'absolute favourites' they then released a bad ass EP. The Cobain-esque, husky vocals and heavy overdriven guitars overflow with grunge from every available opening. It's been quite a busy few months for the boys who are now on tour with Royal Blood. We predict big things this year.... Tigercub are a name you will become very familiar with.



  • Location: Birmingham
  • Name: Sam Redmore
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

Sam Redmore has been quietly but assuredly doing his thing behind the decks and in the studio for a few years now, building up a solid and well-deserved reputation as promoter, remixer and producer amongst Birmingham's new music heads. Smashing classic hip hop cuts into funk, soul, cumbia, reggae, disco and anything else with a feelgood flow, Redmore always brings the party in style and this new three-way three minute joint is no exception. Rob Da Bank, Craig Charles, Nightmares On Wax and Tru Thoughts co-founder Rob Luis have lent their support for this track already; Q-Tip and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are surely next in the queue. Love for Sam's dope remixes and edits won't be running out anytime soon. Get on it.



  • Location: Cardiff
  • Name: Nanook of the North
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

With 'Panda Eyes' Nanook of the North go for the emotional jugular, a surefire sign of desire for wide appeal. A risky tactic for what is essentially a post-rock group, but they pull it off, all the while retaining the musical interest they've become renowned for around these parts. This could be an exciting twelve months for this young quartet - they're amassing admirers in high places..



Congolese by birth and raised in Ireland, Rocstrong's love of funk and rock music comes through loud and clear on 'Go'Head', the track that has already become his calling card. Assembling a band of emigres from Angola, Poland and his homeland, the man known to his friends as Andre J.P Bangala is ready to prove that he has more up his sleeve than just one song. We can't wait for what comes next.



These boys offer some great piano-based indie music. With the obligatory Scottish twang in their songs, Vigo Thieves also have tight harmonies which come alive in their big choruses. Generally mid-tempo, their music is very easy to chill out to. New single This Love is a definite one to listen to, with its catchy synth riff.



    • Location: Leeds
    • Name: Battle Lines
    • Website: Facebook
    • Correspondent: Emily Tan

    Although Leeds has recently a burgeoning singer-songwriter scene, Battle Lines bring a twist with their indie pop sound. The Yorkshire quartet have been compared to the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Kills but call Portishead a big influence. Already playing Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band is set to cross the Atlantic to play a few gigs at SXSW in Austin, Texas. No matter where you want to place them in the musical spectrum, Battle Lines is a band that make you dance around your room.



    Some of the best music being created in Liverpool at the moment actually has very little input from scousers themselves, but is made by musicians who've settled in Merseyside as their adopted home. Etches consists of five gentleman from various corners of the UK who caused quite the stir with their last track 'Let's Move In', a buzz which doesn't show signs of easing off with their new single 'The Charm Offensive'. Lovely stuff.




    Tenterhook's track 'Stereo' is a confident and compelling debut by any accounts. However when you consider Archie Faults' age (he recently won the 13-18 year old category at the Song Academy's Young Songwriter competition), it is an even more impressive feat. Audio is an emphatic and bold entry into the world of Tenterhook, perfectly showcasing Archie's imaginative songwriting and an enrapturing and distinctive falsetto.



  • Location: Manchester
  • Name: Gorgeous Bully
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Michelle Lloyd

Gorgeous Bully is the appellation of Thomas Crang who recently attained a full band and returned with EP Nobody Hates You As Much As You Hate Yourself. Steeped with that threadbare candy-coated slacker pop aesthetic; feelings of desolation and self-loathing are fashioned into gloriously grungey brisk pop songs.



Newcastle (via Leeds) Dream-Pop perfectionists Goodbye Chanel follow up their Through Night to Paradise EP with the absolutely sublime 'Foreva', the track ebbs and flows between sparse instrumentation, yearning vocals and then a shower of the band's signature tropical hooks and rhythms. 'Foreva' is the first track to be taken from the forthcoming Hot City Nights EP and is released on April 21 via Dead Young Records.