New year, new bands. 2018 provided us with a lot of new and exciting artists and 2019 will be no different. We’ve picked ones to watch out for in 2019.
After an exciting 12 months of new and emerging artists, JACKS have sat down and picked out ones to watch throughout 2019. With roots embedded in the UK and now across Ireland, here are our picks from both sides of the Irish Sea.
Life at the Arcade
Starting our list off, Liverpool indie-quartet Life at the Arcade, ended 2018 on a high, releasing their debut EP, From The Basement. Their luscious melodies and uplifting vibe are infectious, combined with relatable lyrics sung by Paddy Clegg, they have a perfect combination. Wielding a pulsating live show too, we expect to see Life at the Arcade push on and continue to grow in 2019.
Hailing from Dublin, Wild Youth already made huge strides in 2018, already selling out venues up and down the country. A mixture of pop, rock and a touch of electronica for good measure, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. They already receive a lot of airplay and have tours planned for Europe and Ireland later this year. Wild Youth have already supported chart-topping artists such as The Script, Niall Horgan and more. Their latest single ‘Making Me Dance’ is a catchy track. Hopefully we can expect more of the same from their debut album, that could finally surface later this year.
Cork trio Happyalone., are one of Ireland’s most exciting artists right now. They closed out 2017 as Christmas number 1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart and continued to rise throughout 2018. A stellar sound of ambient electro, Happyalone. break ground in a music scene that’s overwhelmed with middle-of-the-road acts not taking risks. Along with a surreal live show, the charasmatic trio offer so much and yet leave you wanting more. 2019 should be no different and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.
Kent indie lads Indoor Pets, are a fun and bubbly lot. Even when they had their equipment stolen while on tour last year, they still kept their positive mindset and are now set to release their debut album Be Content, on March 8th. Already with a strong fan base backing them, we reckon that they’re about to get a lot more attention come March 8th.
If you want proof that girl bands are on the rise, look no further than Kent’s, Hey Charlie. Trio Lauren, Lizz and Sophie will smack you with heavy riffs in one song and then seduce you with slick hooks, packing a sucker punch with solid lyricisms. Fully independent, they manage themselves and arrange their own gigs. They’re grabbing the scene by the scruff of the neck and taking control.
The Murder Capital
It’s a big statement but we’ll gladly make it, The Murder Capital are the best band in Ireland right now. Only until recently, the post-punk band had built their reputation with their whirlwind live shows and one video from a live session with O’Hara and SOMA. Last week they dropped their debut single ‘Feeling Fades’, which is already turning heads across the globe. Lyrics that pack a punch and adrenaline-rushing music that will leave you breathless. We’ll say it again, The Murder Capital are the best band in Ireland right now.