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Tony Clayton-lea on 10 acts to catch at this year’s Oxegen
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Save its wide range of authentic Tudor toilet roll cosies, it’s fair to say that not many truly exceptional things have ever come from Totnes, Devon. Until, that is, Metronomy fetched up in 1999. Although not unduly prolific (three albums in 12 years), the band, notably founding member Joe Mount, has passed the time cleverly remixing the likes of Kate Nash, Ladytron, Goldfrapp, Britney Spears, Air, Lykke Li and U2.
Songs To Go Mental To: My Heart Rate Rapid, She Wants, The Look
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They’re regular visitors to Ireland (their previous visit here was late last year when they stuffed the O ), so while it’s a no-surprises gig
2 you can still be guaranteed that MCR will raise a few smiles and eyebrows. Of course, now that they’ve been featured on Glee it will mean a wider demographic spread, which is good for the recognition of their most recent (and solid as a very large rock) album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Songs To Go Mental To: Welcome to the Black Parade, Teenagers, Vampire Money
NOAH & THE WHALE
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We’re not so sure you can actually go mental to any songs by Noah and the Whale (see below for optimistic list), but you can certainly nod your head to ’em. Indeed, this Londonbased indie-folk act have upped the musical ante since the release of this year’s superb album (and the band’s third) Last Night on
Earth. Surprising many with its upbeat, often dreamy and always resolutely 1980s pop sensibilities (think Prefab Sprout meets Tom Petty), you can bet that tracks from this will get to the Oxegen contingent before material from the band’s rather more downbeat albums, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down and The First Days of Spring.
Songs To Go Mental To: L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N., Tonight’s the Kind of Night, Give It All Back
SATURDAY ARCTIC MONKEYS
Arctic Monkeys live? There’s a bit of a Kings of Leon vibe to this band’s stage performances: while the music is miles more quick-witted, Alex Turner and co kind of stand there, just state the musical facts, ma’am, and scarper after an hour. Thank goodness the songs – especially the dozen or so on the cracking new album, Suck It and See – deliver the sort of assertive patter and smart-Alex quips that are missing from so much of what we here these days.
Songs To Go Mental To: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, Brick by Brick, The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
“Of course, now that My Chemical Romance ve been featured on Glee it will mean a wider demographic spread”
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Winners of the most recent Choice Music Prize, with Tourist History, one of the best albums of last year, and the Irish act that has delivered one of the gigs of the year (at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre last March), 2DCC are definitely on the cusp of something very big. The Bangor/Donaghadee trio of Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble and Kevin Baird have, so far, delivered the kind of kinetic pop-punk music that almost takes on a life of its own. Songs such as Something Good Can Work, Do You Want It All, Undercover Martyn, What You Know, Cigarettes In the Theatre and I Can Talk are so bloody good it’s getting to be boring saying it so often. Following the spate of summer shows, the band head into the studio for album number two.
Songs To Go Mental To: Cigarettes In The Theatre, Do You Want It All, I Can Talk
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Say hello to the Oxegen virgins! Although this London band has been around just over a year, they have managed to collect quite a few high-profile fans (Zane Lowe loved their demo of If You Wanna so much he described it as “the hottest record in the world”) and a fanbase that loves short, sharp, fundamental pop-punk (think a nifty blend of Ramones, Clash, Jesus & Mary Chain) played with a keen edge and no small level of excitement. Honestly, people, back to basics has rarely
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