Hottest acts of 2009.. (and worst movie of ’08)

By on Tuesday, 23rd December 2008 at 3:40 am
 

Worst movie? I can reveal that after going through what I can only describe as cinematic torture, ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ is by far the worst movie I’ve ever paid to see. Some decent acting but overall it was awful. Reccomend it to someone if you’re in the mood for an evil prank, though I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy..

Moving on to music – we’ve seen some impressive breakthroughs this year however 2009 also looks to be a year of promise. This is a list compiled with the top bands that you need to keep your eyes and ears open for over the course of the next twelve months

1) Nick Harrisson

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I’ve championed this young singer-songwriter since first hearing the insanely catchy ‘Oi Rudeboy,’ reccomending him to anyone who’d listen. Follow up single ‘Something Special’ does not dissapoint and lives up to the high expectations ans became familiar with after his debut. 2009 sees the release of his first album and I wouldn’t be surprised at a huge tour topped off with a few festival slots. This ska-reviving indie pioneer shows no signs of slowing and as he gains aclaim from critics and fans alike, I predict a couple breakthrough awards along with the 2010 Mercury Prize for the Londoner..

2) S.C.U.M.

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S.C.U.M. – Visions Arise live at the Underage Festival ’08

S.C.U.M. may appear to the over-inulgence of a group of fashionistas but the truth is far from it. The band have already recieved praise from similarly attired Farris Rotter of The Horrors and their debut single ‘Visions Arise’ released earlier this year bet displayed their potential to create new age post-punk at it’s very best. They’re edgy yet keep the music together, fashion-consceice yet maintain an attitude which suggests their apathy. They have truly struck a fine balance and 2009 and should bring them more success, possibly another single or two, or an E.P. and if all goes well an album?? topped off with a few more festival dates and a national tour..

3) Ipso Facto

London’s all girl garage indie quartet are already generating hype after the release of their debut single amongst other EPs and such.. The band will tour with Magazine all through Febuary and an album is said to be in the works. Backing S.C.U.M. and these progressively minimalist phscy-goth rockers may suggest that 2009 will introduce us to many more Horrors-esque acts, and indeed these bands have recieved backing from other media including the NME and Artrocker. The videos of their two (brilliant) singles to date can be found below..

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Ipso Facto – Harmoise

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Ipso Facto – Six and Three Quarters

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