South-East London Calling
Barely a day passes in South-East London without a new band threatening to take over the world. In fact they seldom do. Squeeze, John Paul Jones, Kate Bush and at a push The Rolling Stones all hail from the area, but – unless you count Athlete – not a lot has been going on here for a while.
So here we dig the new breed, trailblazing through bandit country and revitalising the scene; here are 3 to watch – you really should be hearing something now.
Black Market Karma
The coolest name in new music isn’t enough for Black Market Karma; they’ve also decided to redefine modern psychedelia. Taking aspects of the Brian Jones Town Massacre, Revolver-era Beatles, Velvet Underground and maybe even My Bloody Valentine, BMK are the real thing. With surprising and swirling vocals and unexpected melodies it’s only a matter of time before they take off. Their first album ‘Comatose’ is available for a free download already. I know these words haven’t done them justice so check out the below tune or check them out on Facebook here.
Alarm bells instantly ring at the thought of an openly ‘Mod’ band and often for good reason; yet The Brassic are far from being a cliché ridden tribute band. They are arrogant and brash; backing it up with short sharp tunes that scream Radio play. They’ve already supported Babyshambles, The Ordinary Boys and most recently The Small Fakers – this week they will be supporting From The Jam at the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford. So at least there will be one genuine band playing that night. Check out the vid below (starring Jaqueline Jossa from that Eastenders) or Facebook them here
The 4-piece and their eclectic brand of cosmic funk, pychadelia and alternative rock are already making a name for themselves on the circuit, impressing at venues such as the illustrious Monto Water Rats. Comprising four individual talents and fusing influences varying from White Denim to The Chillis, from Tame Impala to RATM, Emperor Koko will be hitting the studio soon. In the meantime catch them while you can – they are at the best sweaty and live. Find them on Facebook here or lend your ear to their soundcloud here.