Band Of The Day #524 - French For Rabbits

Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Brooke and John make up the haunting dream-folk duo French for Rabbits. Since releasing their debut EP, Claimed by the Sea in March 2012, the band have acquired a dedicated global fan-base.

The duo’s combination of reverberating instrumentation and quaint vocals put them on the list of New Zealand’s finest exports. They are currently working on their debut album which is due for release in the first half of this year.

Band Of The Day #523 - As Animals

Parisian duo As Animals are total addicts to creating music – it never stops. Both are working on the music and one visionary is writing the lyrics. They are inspired by anything that surrounds and moves them.

As Animals have already showcased their dreamy alternative pop-rock already at one of The Great Escape Presents shows, marking their first ever UK show. Fear not if you have missed out it won’t be too long until the duo visit UK shores again in May, for now though check out their self-titled debut album “As Animals”.

Band Of The Day #522 - Lyla Foy

You may have already heard of Lyla Foy through her previous moniker, WALL. The eagle-eyed among you will have also noticed that the London-based singer and producer played for The Great Escape last year under the former name.

Her sentimental pop music encompasses melancholic and nostalgic beauty and is said by many to be a perfect soundtrack to any winter chill. Lyla’s beautiful full-length debut, ‘Mirrors The Sky’ is out now and and is a sublimely gentle record that can bubble away even the most stressful of days. We recommend you give it a spin.


Mirel Wagner “No Death” from Friendly Fire Recordings on Vimeo.

Band Of The Day #518 – Ginger And The Ghost

Missy and Daniel, aka Ginger And The Ghost, were two media visual artists until they decided to move to a converted water tank in the Australian hinterland. There they were able to find the peace and liberty to create whatever was in their mind.

Their debut single ‘Where Wolf’ received major support from Triple J and helped them create a buzz in the rest of the world. Last year they played six shows at SXSW, CMW and four in New York helping their single ‘One Type Of Dark’ reach the top spot on the Hypem chart.

In 2014 Ginger And The Ghost are taking their alternative pop artistry to the UK, so make sure to get their EP ‘One Type Of Dark’, which is out now.

Band Of The Day #517 – September Girls

September Girls are no typical female 5-piece a la Spice Girls. No - these feisty Irish chicks surprise and excite by blending garage rock and noise-pop of the finest caliber. They have laced the inspiration of Phil Spector, The Velvet Underground and The Cure into their sound gelling haunting harmonies, tonnes of reverb, swirling organs layered on top of raucous distorted guitars and the result is a deliciously captivating affair.

The Girls have been on tour with their newly released debut album “Cursing The Sea” and have been wowing the crowds at SXSW last week. We are stoked to have them on our bill this May, their live set is sure to be a killer show.

Band of The Day #514 - Suvi

This Finnish Lady has only been around since last year but with her two so far released singles (‘Bleeding For Your Love’ and ‘Clovers’) she has captivated not only our attention. Her angelic voice floating on a beautifully crafted minimalist, electro pop sound, is reminiscent of Woodkid or Bjork. Her music is inspired by the beauty of nature and shaped by her collaboration with Julius Duhs and Robin Svensk, who have previously worked with Miike Snow and Nervo.

Suvi will release her new song ‘Find You’ in April via Rabble Records - we cannot wait to hear it. Until then we will just listen to ‘Bleeding For Your Love’ on repeat.

Band of The Day #513 - The New Tigers

Another wicked band hailing from Finland are The New Tigers. After releasing their debut in 2011 filled with blissful fuzzy pop, the band lost their beloved drummer Kece to the United Nations; but with the line-up change also came a slight change in sound mixing in some shoegaze-flavoured indie. The result is ‘The Badger’ which was released only last December.

The four-piece will tour in Germany around their album release before coming back to visit Brighton shores, don’t miss this highly addictive band.

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Band of The Day #510 - The Von Hertzen Brothers

Now these brothers are surely no newcomers back home in Finland anymore. After 4 number one albums and several award nominations it is time for them to move on and dive into foreign waters. Although our UK shores might not be as foreign to them; as the Helsinki band has accepted their ‘Anthem of The Year’ award for their single ‘Flowers and Rust’ last year in London’s Kew Gardens. On top of that they were also nominated as ‘Breakthrough Artist of The Year’ by the Progressive Music Awards.

The Von Hertzen Brothers might bring you progressive rock with classic rock elements and always infused with something fresh and modern; but they always create something “from the heart”, as their band name suggests.

Before stopping off in Brighton The Von Hertzen Brothers will explore the UK on their upcoming tour in April.

Band of the Day #497 – Woman’s Hour

Woman’s Hour are a four-piece from London dubbed to be one of “the finest up-and-coming purveyors of modernist pop”. They smoothly layer atmospheric melodies with radiant drum machine beats and bass, creating a mesmerizing sound that is enriched by soulful, ethereal vocals.

The band ended a year full of praises by Huw Stephens, Pitchfork and The Fader, by signing to Secretly Canadian. With their latest single “Her Ghost” Woman’s Hour create a painfully delicate, electronic landscape, reminiscent of The xx; with such sweet and touching vocals, making you forget reality for 3 minutes.

The single is out on 17th February and sees the band heading out on tour worldwide before stopping by at The Great Escape.

Band of The Day #496 – Jungle

This hotly-tipped collective are one of the best-kept secrets of the last six months. The mysterious ones to watch have remained anonymous with their core members only referring to themselves as J and T. They have been racking up love from every taste-maker in town including The Fly, DIY, NME, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit as well as Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens.

Jungle's ‘groove-laden electronic soul’ hones in on infectious melodies with pulsing beats and a truly exciting new sound. There's strong stylistic likeness here to James Blake and TV on the Radio.

Jungle are heading out on tour in March stopping by in London’s Village Underground, and of course, a highly-anticipated slot on The Great Escape 2014

Band of the Day #494 – Tove Lo

The Swedes seem to have sussed out how to pen a great pop tune. Tove Lo is no exception, the singer/songwriter, who used to write songs for Icona Pop and Girls Aloud, is now concentrating on herself.

Her witty and honest lyrics paired with electronic beats and striking melodies portray nothing but a rarely seen integrity and don’t fail to captivate. Think Ellie Goulding, Foxes or Icona Pop and you’re on the right lines.

Band of the Day #491 – Young Summer

Bobbie Allen is a DC-based singer/songwriter who is better known under her moniker Young Summer. What defines her is her flawless vocal talent which grabs hold of anyone listening to it.

Heavy lyrics float above a synth based electronic production and complement the rawness and honesty of her songs: “It all comes from a very sincere and honest place”, she says.

Her ‘Feaver Dream’ EP is now available worldwide.

Band of The Day #490 – Courtney Barnett

26-year-old Courtney Barnett is a typical chilled out Aussie chick with a fiery spirit. Since studying fine art she has founded her own label Milk Records, released two EP’s, toured far away from home, yet still she’s managed to stay relaxed and hold down a bar job. That’s our kinda chick.

She’s currently got everybody talking about her new track ‘History Eraser’ which radiates an effortless grunge sexiness. tunes never miss a hook and mix a hint of country perfectly with psychedelia. Her witty lyrics along with her straight-faced delivery, has received world-wide acclaim. Courtney is nominated for NME’s Best New Band Award 2014 and is currently rocking out on tour. Her brand new album “The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas” is available now, if you haven’t already we advise you to check her out.

Band of the Day #489 – Amber Run

Having played Reading and Leeds after only 3 gigs shows the potential this lot has got. Amber Run, a five-piece from Nottingham manage to balance stadium-sized rock anthems and the intimacy and mood of folk music perfectly.

“It’s music for the whole decade, not just for now. We want people to be coming back to our music in 20 years.” The lads kicked 2014 off with a headline performance at a BBC introducing showcase and where recently invited to interview with Annie Mac, courtesy of Red Bull Studios. Currently working on a debut album with Foals and 1975 producer Mike Crossey, Amber run surely are set to make a bold statement this year!

BAND OF THE DAY #447 – Oyama

Oyama are the Japanese-named Reykjavik fivesome that have been storming through the European music scene since their inception in April 2012. A new band, maybe, but their sound is nothing less than mature. This five-piece have single-handedly brought the 90s shoe-gaze era into the 21st century; with influences drawn from Sonic Youth, Pixies and My Bloody Valentine, their music is self-described as “sleepy melodies wrapped in puffy clouds of noise and angsty peach fuzz.” Their compelling songs are built on multi-layered guitars that shimmer and roar, and sweetly discordant vocal harmonies that echo around the mind long after the song is over. After playing every night of Iceland Airways festival in 2012, it’s safe to say that they are one of 2013’s most promising acts.



--Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music