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