After the juggernaut awards show that was the Mercury Prize, it’s a relief to see the wave of events that grant smaller acts with accolade for all the hard work they put in. We have the Scottish Alternative Music Awards in less than a fortnight but the folks at Best of British (BOB) are ready to feed that appetite with a month full of voting and awards.
With an array of categories that are for unsigned acts, the show stands out as a change of pace for the artists who have to work twice as hard to get recognition. This week sees ten bands compete for the title of Best Unsigned Band, all offering something different: we were lucky enough to chat to some of these acts and see why they deserve to win the title.
Having only appeared at the back end of 2016, it’s a real achievement that Atlas Run managed to fend of thousands of contenders to nab a spot on this shortlist. Hailing from Scotland, we’ve covered the band’s latest EP which rather impressed us with their knack of crafting catchy pop-rock tunes with hooks that etch their way into your cranium within seconds.
Lead singer of the four-piece Paul Howie displayed how overjoyed they are, saying that they’ve “worked really hard this year to record and launch our debut EP, it’s amazing to see that recognised by Best of British!”. With their current trajectory, this Glasgow rock outfit can’t seem to be stopped.
Atlas Run will be supporting Losing Ground at Glasgow’s King Tuts on November 4th.
Five Days North
“We’ve been able to span a number of different genres with different instruments and vibes and still maintain that accessibility” is one of Five Days North‘s greatest achievements according to the band themselves. Priding themselves on their reach, Five Days North would leave you to believe that their stuff would be superficial with this easy appeal but that’s far from the truth.
Recent single City Of Wonder is a luscious synth-pop dream that floats gracefully over some lovely guitars and drum kicks. With a few gigs left for the rest of the year, the band seem set on keeping up the momentum for 2017 onwards.
Five Days North will be supporting Cassia at the Deaf Institute on October 28th.
Little Brother Eli
While some other acts on this shortlist have only been active for a year or so, Little Brother Eli can congratulate themselves on being one of the most experienced bands on the roster. “We’ve been at it for over 3 years now and perhaps we deserve a few more breaks ” says Josh of the band, a span of time that can see artists break out and break up repeatedly.
Quality over quantity though – thankfully Little Brother Eli can provide the latter, their vocals being especially powerful and something that could be used as a vessel for discovery in some experimental rock waters. The act are teasing a new image for next year so this metamorphosis will be here before you know – better make sure you’ve got front row seats to the cocoon.
Little Brother Eli will be playing alongside Big Tooth at Camden’s Monarch on October 18th.
The Wax Lyrical Sound
With most bands nominated for this accolade taking a serious approach to their work, it’s refreshing to have an act like The Wax Lyrical Sound who aren’t afraid to deliver some tongue in cheek humour with their music: in the band’s own words “we like to push the boundaries”.
Taking shots at anyone and everyone, most notably the every day man on their phone on Brainwashed, it’s not hard to see a Sleaford Mods comparison looming but the band are more like the equivalent of a British South Park if the show had a knack for delivering some gnarly sounding guitars.
The Wax Lyrical Sound play The King Of Hearts festival in Northampton on November 25th.