Upgrade your iPod and treat your ears with The Family Rain, The Ruen Brothers and more undeniably brilliant indie artists...
Picture this: you're sat in your mate's back garden. The BBQ's on, the drinks are flowing, the music's blasting, and everyone's having a great time. Until, that is, the same song you've been listening to all summer comes on. And only then you realise - you've not updated your iPod for months.
No one is to blame - it's easy to get stuck in an iTunes rut. Here are five bands to save your playlists and make your summer...
After impressing with last year’s Under The Volcano, Bath-based brothers The Family Rain are preparing to come back with a new album full of bluesy indie numbers. Picture Supergrass, wondering through a carnival half-cut on cider before tumbling into a dark sea of stormy guitar riffs and you’re on the right track.
Essential track : Trust Me, I’m A Genius
Think of a music festival. Go on, picture it in your mind for a minute. Got it? Right, chances are Ruen Brothers have definitely played there over the past two years. Loved by Zane Lowe, the actual real-life brothers have just recorded an LP with Rick Rubin. Who, you ask? Oh, just the super-producer behind Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, RUN D.M.C’s Walk This Way and Black Sabbath’s 13. No pressure, then.
Essential track : Summer Sun
What happens when one fifth of Queens of the Stone Age covers Blondie? Mini Mansion’s Heart Of Glass, that’s what. Last seen supporting Royal Blood in London and featuring Alex Turner on guest vocals on single Vertigo, they might just be your new slice of indie synth pop.
Essential track : Vertigo
## 04 Flyte
A welcome change of pace in the form of summery ‘80s pop vibes from four lads in washed out blue jeans and pastel tees. Another band to get bigged up by the mighty Zane Lowe, Flyte will remind you of desperately-toked cigarette butts and sunlight glimpsed through a half-full pint glass. The perfect band for raiding Oxfam for some Ray-Bans then heading to the pub garden.
Essential track : The Diamond White EP
If not the saviours of grunge, this Leeds three-piece are quite possibly the nearest thing. We’re talking Cobain vocals, minor key changes and lyrics like “When I look around outside, I realise I’ve died indie” (that’s what living in the North does to you). Fresh off supporting the unequalled Brand New in London, Dinosaur Pile Up are ready to soundtrack your summer.
Essential track: Nature Nurture