Thu 24 Jun 2021

5-a-side… 5 new guitar bands



With EURO 2020 entering the final stages, we’ve curated a 5-a-side team of guitar bands who are on the same wavelength. Here’s 5 of the best new guitar bands you can see live later this year.


Who: With a heady live-reputation preceding them, Parliamo have already been hailed as one of Scotland’s most exciting young prospects. Drawing from a plethora of influences from Groove Armada, The Avalanches and Massive Attack to Super Furry Animals, The Beta Band and Primal Scream – their witty social commentary-styled lyricism partnered with a unique song writing approach suggest a band working beyond their years.

When: Tuesday 30th November @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester

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The Mysterines

Who: The Mysterines are 19 year-old Lia Metcalfe (vocals & guitar), 18 year-old George Favager (bass) and 22 year-old Chrissy Moore (drums). Named by Radio X as one of the Artists and Bands for 2019, and receiving regular support from BBC 6Music, the trio released their debut EP ‘Take Control’ last summer, which followed their recent support slots with Royal Blood and Sea Girls, and headline set on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival this year.

When: Saturday 4th September @ Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington

Thursday 14th October @ The Garage, London

Saturday 23rd October @ Club Academy, Manchester

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Declan Welsh and the Decadent West

Who: Finding your own unique point of view in an overwhelming, rowdy world takes time, patience and introspection. Being able to execute it in a way that feels authentic and distinctive is another battle entirely. Growing up in suburban East Kilbride and now based in Glasgow, Declan Welsh is a poet and songwriter that has managed to cement his individuality by putting humanity at the core of his socially aware comments.

Joined by Duncan McBride (Guitar), Ben Corlett (Bass) and Murray Noble (Drums), the band are known for their strong socialist views and performed in Palestine in 2016 as well as on Billy Bragg’s curated Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury.

When: Sunday 7th November @ YES (The Basement), Manchester

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Who: Inspired by art in all its forms, Sylvette draw from the elements and traditions of many different genres and synthesise a unique experience. On one hand it’s natural, earthy, and ritualistic and on the other futuristic, celestial and even glamourous. Their sound is overall bold and new but most importantly, at its heart, emotionally raw and vulnerable. Onstage their music comes to life through their innate theatricality and spontaneous bursts of energy. Upon walking into their gig the first thing you’re hit by is a wall of sound, woven with hypnotic riffs and tribal pulses, that feels both animalistic and industrial. These make way for moments of intimacy; textures and melodies brimming with bittersweet nostalgia and warmth..

When: Thursday 23rd September @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Big Society

Who: Manchester-based Big Society kicked off last year with the release of their intoxicating new single ‘Feel’.

Recorded in the cold, removed countryside of Worcestershire with producer Pete Robertson (ex-Vaccines), it is a unification of punch drunk melody and nervous adolescence, and speaks to the daft loneliness of teenage life and the necessity for exploration outside your comfort zone.

When: Thursday 7th October @ YES (The Basement), Manchester

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