THE LOWDOWN This London band have been knocking around for a few years, since guitarist Michael Hibbert corralled a group of like-minded musical soulmates. They’ve already released several singles, but it’s only in recent months that the juggernaut’s revs have sounded loudly outside the UK. That’s largely thanks to a hugely impressive turn on the recent season of Later with Jools Holland, where their song Surfacing – which plucks lyrics from Dream a Little Dream of Me – sounded intense and incendiary in singer Lewis Bowman’s capable hands. The difference between Chapel Club and the relentless wave of young guitar bands is that these guys have the songs as well as the firepower. And okay, yes – there’s a definite thread of 1980s indie stitching them together, but that’s no bad thing. Watch out for Paul Epworth-produced debut album Palace in the coming weeks.
SOUNDBITE “Indie-rock that effortlessly marries smooth, forceful crooning with epic choruses”