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ALEX BAKER from KERRANG! RA­DIO shouts about what’s al­ready shak­ing up his 2019…

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“BLACK FU­TURES CAN GET A WHOLE ROOM DANCING…” ALEX BAKER LIS­TEN TO ALEX BAKER HOST THE KERRANG! RA­DIO FRESH BLOOD SHOW WEDNESDAYS at 10pm

We can stop say­ing Happy New Year now, right? That’s good, but I’m still ex­cited about the next 12 months, as I’ve al­ready been hear­ing a load of stuff that’s go­ing to be mak­ing big noises in 2019.

I’m go­ing to start with a band who I’ve been re­ally ex­cited about for a while now: Black Fu­tures. They ab­so­lutely crushed it at a packed-out show sup­port­ing Skin­dred at the Un­der­world in Lon­don last month, a gig that can only be de­scribed as an ut­ter sweat-fest of bril­liance. If you’ve not lis­tened to this lot yet, then un­til you do, you’re ba­si­cally miss­ing out on the sound of the fu­ture. It’s like Nine Inch Nails bred in a petri dish with The Prodigy and pro­duced two guys who cap­ti­vate you with ev­ery mu­si­cal of­fer­ing they cre­ate. They had the whole room ac­tu­ally dancing, and peo­ple – my­self in­cluded – were los­ing their shit as they slayed their set. Watch them live at Down­load Fes­ti­val, no ex­cuses!

Are you a Me­tal­lica fan? Of course you are, but you may well have caught your­self at times think­ing things like, “It’s been, like, 40 years – I wish I could get a time ma­chine and go back to see them as an­gry young men in the early ‘80s.” Well then, all hail Frost Kof­fin. You would be wise to have your ears and eyes firmly trained on these guys this year, for they could be the crown princes of me­tal. These Amer­i­can badasses spent years of their lives in other bands smash­ing out hard­core shows un­til they stopped for a mo­ment and re­alised that they ac­tu­ally wanted to write mu­sic more like the bands they grew up lis­ten­ing to. The re­sult? Time­less me­tal fury, but with a mod­ern en­ergy that makes them truly ex­cit­ing for a new gen­er­a­tion of mu­sic fans. Oh, and riffs. All the riffs. Riffs for days. Riffaged­don. Watch this space, check out their self­ti­tled de­but EP, which is streaming on all the usual places now.

Mov­ing away from the me­tal and go­ing to some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent now: Press Club. I’ve been play­ing their song Head­wreck con­stantly on my show on Kerrang! Ra­dio, and 2019 is go­ing to be their break­through year. The band bril­liantly de­scribe them­selves as be­ing “the mu­si­cal em­bod­i­ment of the at­ti­tude of a gen­er­a­tion ex­pe­ri­enc­ing im­per­ma­nence in ev­ery way.” I love that de­scrip­tion so much, as you can ab­so­lutely hear it in their mu­sic. These Aus­tralian punkrock­ers cre­ate songs that are full of the in­spi­ra­tional en­ergy and vi­tal­ity of youth, but there’s a con­stant threat­en­ing back­drop of anx­i­ety, worry and fear go­ing on that not only gives them an emo­tional edge, but com­pletely lays what they are try­ing to con­vey on the line. They are a band that gen­uinely re­ally feel re­lat­able as a lis­tener. It’s ge­nius, and you need to get on them right now.

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