February 13, 2011 was the second time I saw Virginia’s indie rock band Wild Nothing perform. The sold out show took place at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and I loved it just as much as the first time I saw them. Without being derivative, their music sounds like lost Smiths songs. Lead singer Jack Tatum sings about living in dreams, dying, cigarettes and other macabre subjects. Gotta love it! Wild Nothing played their entire debut album “Gemini” as well as a cover of “Velocity Girl” by Primal Scream! A video of that will be coming soon, so please be patient. You can search the According2g.com archives for a video of their track “Live In Dreams” from my first Wild Nothing concert experience. After seeing Wild Nothing twice all I can say is, I can’t wait for a new album and the next show!
As 2010 draws to a close, I can say that it’s been a good year for music. After seeing literally hundreds of acts this year, it is my duty to share some of my favorites with you. Below see my 13 of my favorite new bands/artists of 2010.
Delphic. If you like New Order, you’ll love Delphic. Check out “Red Lights”
Young Empires. Check out the disco-punk band performing “Against the Wall”
Two Door Cinema Club. The sound on “Something Good Can Work” is very bass heavy, so definitely seek out a cleaner version of this amazing song.
The Rassle. Take a drive, roll the windows down and sing “Born Free” at the top of your lungs! It’s a great experience.
Dan Black. The following clip of “Yours” is performed acoustically, so imagine what the dancey studio version sounds like. Don’t just imagine… find out!
Penguin Prison. If you like pop and soul with guitar, you can’t go wrong with Penguin Prison.
Wild Nothing. If you like The Smiths, you’re going to love Wild Nothing.
MNDR. If you love pre-botox Madonna, MNDR will be your thing. Here’s “Sparrow” and “Fade to Black” performed with Mark Ronson!
JBM. Jesse Marchant’s voice is so beautiful you might find yourself crying. But they’ll be tears of joy.
Hanni El Khatib. Rock and roll is not dead and Hanni El Khatib proves it!
Tame Impala. If you like the Beatles psychedelic era, you’ll love these Australian rockers. Check out “Solitude is Bliss”
Male Bonding. The punk trio from the UK rock. Hard! They are so awesome live too. This is their track “Weird Feelings.”Future Relative. Check out their cover of Bjork’s “Army of Me.”
If I were a betting man, I’d place money on the band Wild Nothing becoming huge! I saw the Virigina based band on September 24, 2010 and I liked all of their music on first listen! The crowd reacted as if their songs had already become anthems and I expect they will be. Musically, they sound a bit like the Smiths meet the Cure and Jack Tatum’s voice flows like the Moz, without being derivative. He was extremely nice when I met him and I gushed to him how much I enjoyed the show and that I wish him and Wild Nothing tremendous success. He thanked me, and I thank him! Good luck Wild Nothing!