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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 28

With the SXSW having showcased a billion bands, with just about every new band from both sides of the Atlantic, plus a few from further afield, the blogs are queueing up to jump on the following wave of hype. A decent showcase at the Austin party can bring a tsunami of interest, so we at The Recommender are poised to find plenty of great new acts in the coming weeks and months. In the mean time we’ve a trio of new bands listed below to slide under your radar… 

BEAR HANDS
Since the prolific and massive impact of the band MGMT there was bound to be plenty of pretenders to the sound. It would be too easy to shelve Bear Hands under that same shelf and swiftly dismiss them, but with a little patience you will find that their inventive and creative music has plenty tucked away inside it that you will enjoy. The Brooklyn 4-piece chime out positively charged and tuneful Indie Pop. Delicately lo-fi and melodic, it’s  full of funky breaks and bass. We have totally fallen for them here at The Recommender. It’s catchy, yet rammed with quality and light lyrics. Songs build and burst into great choruses. Their live set is supposed to be great too, so no doubt they’ll return from the American SXSW Festival with plenty of chatter behind them. If MGMT are indeed their marker, then the blogs are sure to get whipped up. Thanks for the heads up has to go to Storme WG  for this…

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      BEAR HANDS – BAD BLOOD         (ysi)

CUBA CUBA
This is the finest act to appear from ‘across the bridge’ in bloody ages! The Welsh 5-piece have been together since 2007 and are now starting to rightfully get some national notice. In no small part thanks to fellow Welshman Huw Stephens Radio One showgiving them a thumbs up. Still unsigned, although that’s bound to soon change, they are planning to commit to a debut release later on in 2009. Their sound is all lively guitar riffs and a whirlwind of drums. Packed full of bright energy with verses that often come with just the bass and beat, before crashing into a packed-out sound. They’re not re-inventing the rock wheel here, sounding perhaps uncomfortably close to The Automatic, (yuck!), but also bringing us that American influence to the UK sound in the same way Maximo Park or The Futureheads have done in recent years. There’s still lots to enjoy here, with a flick of some keys and an echoing vocal layer that brings plenty to the table. Sit up and take note.

Find them here:      Myspace

Hear them here:      CUBA CUBA – FOUNTAINS         (ysi)

THE LAUGHING
With one EP, Jungle, already released they are due to complete their debut album in 2009. Any triumphant return from a showcase at the SXSW Festival, to add to their Ear Farm Blog tip for a ‘break through 2009’, and this 4-piece could be set for good things this year. With Austin being such a famous host to the biggest new music festival the world has to offer it should come as no surprise that a batch of bands should emerge from the Texan city. The Laughing are proudly one that cities exports. They bring us a magical jangle of sounds, with rattling tom toms and pitched guitars, amongst echoing vocals and strange tempo’s. They are original and experimental, or should that just be -mental. Either way there’s plenty of melody and choruses amongst the madness for you to fall for and that makes them worthy of a Recommender posting. See what you think…

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       THE LAUGHING – PARADISE         (ysi)

As the SXSW fallout continues to reach our nets at The Recommender we will be sure to lovingly point you in the right direction. Check back here real soon for loads more magical new sounds…
Mike

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