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JOSH FRANCESCHI from YOU ME AT SIX gives us the new sounds rocking his world…
Ilove discovering new music. I think those moments where you find something really brilliant are why we all do it in the first place. When you discover something fresh and organic, it’s like falling in love with somebody for the first time. You get that honeymoon period with the band, and it’s just effortless and easy.
That said, my first choice aren’t new, but I’m not sure they’ve got as far as they need to. It’s a band called Circa Waves, who I only really discovered because we shared the same management. I think there’s something really fresh about them, and their last record [Different Creatures] was a lot rockier than their debut. I think they exhibit a lot of the things that people like about classic songwriting.
Another band I really like are Anteros, who are doing something pretty cool and unique. I came across them when we were doing some stuff with Two Door Cinema Club. They’re difficult to describe, but they’ve got a really nice vibrancy and the singer [Laura Hayden] has a cracking voice as well.
Something a bit more off the pace is an artist called Tash Sultana. She’s like an Australian hippy who’s a one-woman band, so when she’s onstage she does everything, playing all the different instruments. It speaks volumes for her musical talent, and her songs are really beautiful as well. Another solo artist I like is Sam Fender. He’s got a great song called Play God, and it probably won’t come as a surprise to a lot of people that I first heard it on the FIFA 19 soundtrack. This song kept coming on and I kept thinking it sounded like something I would really like and I should check it out properly. I think he’s got a beautiful voice, his songs are very pure, and you’re drawn into them naturally and seamlessly.
Everyone should check out Billie Eilish, who’s blown up in the States. She’s got a very unique sound. I know I keep saying ‘unique’, but that’s the reason these people are on my list – I like to find things that are different and far from mundane. She’s very fearless and different, and she’s really young but she’s transcending genres and ages.
My final pick is a band called half•alive. They’ve got a song called Still Feel that’s got a really cool video. That’s how I found them – they just popped up on my Youtube. We were talking about maybe doing some touring with them in the States, which is a great thing about being in our position. We had really good mentors when we were coming through, and I remember being on Paramore’s bus, say, and just being given an insight into the industry. If we can help a band out, or even just give them advice so they don’t make the same mistakes, it’s putting a little bit back into the scene.
“BILLIE EILISH TRANSCENDS GENRE AND AGE…” JOSH FRANCESCHI
YOU ME AT SIX ’s album VI IS OUT NOW VIA UNDERDOG/AWAL. THE BAND are on TOUR in THE UK now – SEE THE GIG GUIDE for more details
half•alive: Their lounge was very minimally furnished Sam Fender: The 50th hour of FIFA took its toll Anteros: “Right, so where’s the club, then?”