BAND OF THE DAY #428 – Cousins

Hailing from Halifax, Canada, Cousins is the bare-bones garage-rock duo of Aaron Mangle on guitar/vocals and Leigh Dotey on drums. Together, they manifest Mangle’s quirky vision of sweet, heavy, raucous pop music.

Cousins’ fuzzed-out sound is both distorted and endearing, warm, melodic rock music delivered with a smile. Their latest release ‘The Palm At The End Of The Mind' is filled with rhythmic drums and eerie multi tracked vocals creating a warm blanket of sound.

Under band interests they only have one word. Breakfast. Judging by their energetic live performances we can safely say that they are having the most important meal of the day.

BAND OF THE DAY #425 – Caitlin Park

Caitlin Park is a songwriter from Sydney, Australia. She takes folk and electro-acoustics to new heights with her abstract composition and sampling creating what is best described as folktronica. What differs Cailtlin even further is her inclusion of film nostalgia throughout her debut album, Milk Annual. Her songs are riddled with sound effects and dialogue taken from 1940/50s films, this came from having worked part time at a cult video store when she was younger and taking home film after film. Other samples she frequently uses are kids screaming, the clink of roped boats, struck matches and irregular heartbeats, these are all sitting behind the warm multi tracked vocal that creates interesting layered tracks that keep you finding new things after the fifth time of listening.

As well as creating brilliant soundscapes in the studio with the likes of Peter Broderick, Caitlin can take her individual sound on the road and has toured with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, First Aid Kit and The Staves. Her use of layers creates a must see live experience.

BAND OF THE DAY #424 – Hungry Kids Of Hungary

Hungry Kids of Hungary aren’t actually from Hungary, they’re not kids and they’re not even hungry! In fact they are four gents from Australia creating catchy indie pop music. The group are the brainchild of drummer, Ryan Strathie and were formed after three of the members played in competing high school bands and formed a friendship by playing the same circuit and sharing stages. Their inspiration is a broad combination of Blues, Rock, Soul, R&B and 1960 style pop-rock. Whilst they are born out of these older influences they transform them into contemporary, rhythmic well balanced guitar tunes.

With fun, energetic songs paired with more fun and more energetic live performances the band are the full package. Sharing a resemblance to Vampire Weekend and Cold War Kids the band demonstrate an ability to match guitar riffs with sweet vocal harmonies. Their latest album You’re A Shadow, is out now.

BAND OF THE DAY #422 – Nick Mulvey Nick Mulvey really is the best kind of storyteller! With a simple but strong vocal tone and his guitar umbilically attached, he is a musician with a passion and talent as natural as holding a pen to write or a pencil to draw. Mulvey is like a diamond in the rough. His clear South London accent creates a natural feeling of familiarity, adding to the beauty of his lyrics, while his guitar gives a wealth of colour and atmosphere to his wonderful songs, drawing you into his world of stories.

BAND OF THE DAY #406 - Foam Lake

The story goes that Foam Lake chose the birthplace of their mother and resting place of their grandparents to use as their alias. The basement-born band is made up of four brothers who hail from deepest Canada.

So that’s the basics out of the way. More importantly is the sound these guys have been working away at. Their material ranges vastly from synth-heavy, electric guitar driven anthemic numbers which wouldn’t be out of place bouncing around stadiums, to gentle, twinkly string-tinged tunes that strike a chord with the likes of Elbow.

Foam Lake released their debut full length album in October. ‘Force and Matter’ sweeps from track to track whipping up a whole spectrum of moods along the way. We wholeheartedly advise you give them a spin and check them out live when the chance comes your way!

BAND OF THE DAY # 401 - Title Fight

Formed back in 2003, Pennsylvanian foursome Title Fight waited 8 years to release their first full length album, Shed, back in May 2011. After gaining a vast amount of fans and admirers, Title Fight quickly brought out album number two last September, a year later. Now with two firmly established albums, Title Fight boast a wealth of high-octane hardcore music full of punky guitar, screaming vocals and melodic interludes that bridges the gap between order and some kind of symmetry.

Currently touring across America, Title Fight will be bringing the noise with them across the pond to the UK in April before heading off on a tour across the rest of Europe.

BAND OF THE DAY # 400 - Scrufizzer

After just coming off a tour with Kendrick Lamar, Scrufizzer has been steadily bubbling in the UK urban underground scene, gaining fans and respect from fellow grime artist Dizzee Rascal along with other key musical figures such as Annie Mac and Zane Lowe. With a number of tracks that have been heavily circulating the underground scene the past year, Scrufizzer has been working with Stay Fizzy Records/Ministry of Sound which is home to some of the UK’s most prominent urban artists including DJ Fresh and Example.

Also known as ScruFace, the moniker he used as a 13 year-old producer from the streets of West London, the young artist has progressed from creating beats to writing his own tracks where he combines his love for production which encompasses jazzy influences from the early 20th Century and spans through to the G-Funk era of hip-hop whilst picking up on the latest grime sounds and styles around. Scrufizzer’s music is fun and full of life, accessible to those both already involved in a love for urban music and those who might not have embraced the energy and personality that is so evident in such a genre.

BAND OF THE DAY #393 - Sivu

On the 23rd January, Sivu uploaded the video for his first single, ‘Better Man Than He’. In less than two weeks it has racked up a whopping 209,795 hits on YouTube alone! Not only is the single a standout indie pop track but the video has caused such a stir for its innovative creativity.

The singer shot the entire piece inside an MRI scanning machine at St Bart’s Hospital in London. The result is a captivating piece of film that verges on creepy and engulfs us in curiosity. Contrasting the clinical nature of science with emotion-laden lyrics, it has something intriguing and radically interesting about it that so many artists fall short of creating.

The standout visuals have been a catalyst to the momentum that the edgy pop gem is picking up. 24 year old Sivu has practically filled the Internet with blog hype and has already found a home on Amazing Radio, BBC 6 Music, BBC R2 and BBC R1. Hailing from Cambridge (now residing in South London) and having teamed up with producer Charlie Andrew, this young man has more than a little in common with now-indie-superstars Alt J.

The year has got off to a cracking start for Sivu and we think there’s something very special about him. ‘Better Man Than He' will ease you into your Monday and we guarantee it'll be stuck on repeat before you know it. We just hope he doesn't leave us hanging too long to hear more material. Make sure you check out the infamous video below.

BAND OF THE DAY #389 - Darling Don’t Dance

Darling Don’t Dance are a four-piece from Denmark. Their sound is built from the foundations of 90s garage rock and melodic grunge with elements of noise rock and pop thrown into the mix. As their Facebook bio so perfectly puts it, Darling Don’t Dance take the music of their adolescence and redress it for today. They sound like who they are; a band that was weaned on Smashing Pumpkins, snuck their first drink with the Pixies, and polished off the bottle with Sleater-Kinney.”

The band released their debut album ‘City Ghosts' last spring as the follow-up to their 2009 EP 'Bare Frames’. Darling Don’t Dance are the kind of band that fill rooms with energetic noise. They’ll shake away the cobwebs, reawaken a sleepy mind and unashamedly force you to dance. Head to their Soundcloud page now to download ‘The Languages We Speak' for FREE.

BAND OF THE DAY #388 - Such Hounds

Today’s Band of the Day is nostalgic New Yorkers Such Hounds with their stockpile of undeniably catchy, smoke-tinged tunes.

With their folk-infused-Americana sound, perhaps Such Hounds most obvious likeness is to Band of Horses. They have a thick, smoldering quality in their tone which gives them their rock ‘n’ roll edge. Their melodic, jangley guitars and big singalong-style choruses make for a standout moment and will resonate around venue walls.

The Brooklyn four-piece have put their three-track EP up on their Bandcamp page which is available for FREE download. Get it whilst it’s hot guys…

BAND OF THE DAY #387 - New Desert Blues

Believe it or not, New Desert Blues are from the sunny shores of the UK’s south coast. Their music though, paints a rather different picture. The band carve a sound that stems from thousands of miles across the globe. Think, tumbleweed floating across dusty trails and saloon doors swaying all set against isolated western landscapes and you’re on the right tracks. Their music feels as though it should be soundtracking some sort of great western adventure movie.

Their moody yet melodic, down-trodden tones trundle along with boy/girl vocals that lift their atmospheric, sound. The five-piece appear to name their songs as children. Breakthrough track, ‘Thom' found airplay on Amazing Radio as well as gaining support from BBC Introducing and new tracks uploaded to their Soundcloud include ‘FLYNN' and 'Cameron’. Whilst you’re there, check out the soaring guitar riffs in ‘Jose’.

New Desert Blues have already supported NME favourites PEACE and former Band of the Day artist, Gabriel Bruce. It looks like it could be a big year for these guys…

BAND OF THE DAY #386 - Josef Salvat

Today’s Band of the Day is new kid on the block Josef Salvat. He’s already sent an army of bloggers into overdrive, hailing him the new saviour of male pop. That’s not bad going considering Salvat has only uploaded one track to his Soundcloud profile - just three weeks ago.

The Aussie-born Londoner has certainly peaked our interest. He’s remained a bit of a man of mystery which has added fuel to the fire of interest burning around him. The single, ‘This Life’, builds from a slow-mo, atmospheric opening and bursts into a bold, chant-like chorus. There’s underlying elements of cheekiness that shine through lyrically, "I just need to tell my story, if you’re drunk I’ll get done quicker".

This Life' has radio-friendly written all over it and its instantly memorable tune means this track is destined to be huge and take Josef Salvat sailing into the limelight. Expect to hear a lot more about this man, we’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

BAND OF THE DAY #385 - Pink Dollaz

Recent testament to the powers of social media and the likes, Pink Dollaz have been causing rather a large stir, mainly over in America as of the time being, but the 3,000,000 or so views they’ve had on their Myspace can only mean that this teenage girl band have been doing something right.

Hitting almost a niche market, the four girls who make up Pink Dollaz' urban teenage rap style not only sing, but write, dance and act too, standing out from previous girl bands of a similar ilk who are guilty of having absolutely no input bar the performance itself.

Lyrically, Pink Dollaz have been described as giving a raw, inner-city teen perspective of life through a mixture of rap and slower vocals and although there is nothing revolutionary to the bands production in a musical sense, what Pink Dollaz do offer is a whole package, their personality and style reflected through lyrics and movement that undoubtedly has massive appeal to their younger audiences.

BAND OF THE DAY #384 - San Zhi

Bridging the gap between delicately quaint and grandiose, San Zhi have emerged in the last year playing a number of gigs in and around London and releasing their debut EP, The Ice Light EP back in November.

The duos faraway, male/female vocals compliment each other akin to The xx, their voices becomes one androgynous noise that echoes above a dreamy, hazy atmosphere made up of effect pedals, electronic synths and interspersed with guitar.

With an unmissable and FREE gig beckoning at The Old Blue Last this Wednesday alongside Brolin, Syron and Please, 2013 is shaping up to be a promising year for them.


Today’s stunning Band of the Day is the beautifully emotive powerhouse, WALL. The London trio have got a massive year ahead of them, including an appearance at the infamous SXSW in Texas.

WALL formed rather hastily last year when previous single ‘Magazine' started picking up a lot of attention. The band were bundled into the back of a taxi to film a set for the brilliant Black Cab Sessions (check out the video for ‘No Secrets' below) and the band became the first signing to their newly born record label, BCS Records, to release the track.

WALL have recently sold out their upcoming show at Hoxton Hall in February. Lyla and co are said to be releasing a new EP this year and will be announcing details of it soon. We certainly cannot wait to hear more from these three so the sooner that info arrives, the better!



--Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music