HighFields

Clowdy’s A-Z of new artists in 2014 – H is for…

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We’ve been looking at some of the new artists in 2014 we’re hoping to see break through. Here’s three beginning with H!

Honeyfeet

Manchester’s Honeyfeet are a joy of a band. In a just world they’d be on every radio station in the country; it’s sad that they aren’t, but it means you can have the rare pleasure of letting more people into a musical secret that’s actually worth knowing.

Their roots lie in classic jazz, thanks to the incredible, sultry lead vocals of Ríoghnach Connolly. But the impressive set of musicians backing her up are capable of working in a host of genres, swinging from a more conventional pop sound to ragged blues and more. The chance to see them live is not to be missed, while their various side projects also guarantee a good night.

(PS – if you want to use the name of any band on this list as a term of endearment, these are your best choice, although Apache Darling run them close.)

Follow them on Twitter here.

HighFields

From the sound of their first single, Liverpool-based HighFields aren’t lacking in panache. They appear to be surfing the wave of offering up astute social commentary without falling into the sea of banal worthiness; a tough act, but an exciting one to watch.

If they can keep tying their intelligent lyrics to cheery, Eugene McGuinness-ish pop then we predict a big future for the gloriously shambolic six-piece.

Hot Vestry

Moody electronica from the north of England? Roll out the obvious comparisons! No, I’m going to bite my tongue and avoid invoking the patron saints of all off-kilter Mancunian pop. Hot Vestry are a good enough band to be taken on their own terms. After releasing their debut EP last year, the group have played some big support slots, including a stint on tour with Tim Burgess of the Charlatans.

Although their big hooks give them definite mainstream potential, the astute and aggressive vocals recall more challenging antecedents, most notably post-punk innovators such as Public Image Ltd. We hope their various festival appearances this summer will build up their profile – check their website for dates.

 

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Fearghus was tempted into training as a journalist after an injudicious exposure to the Tintin books at an early age. He worked in several content marketing and writing jobs before starting at Clowdy, where he deals with blogging, social media and other non-Tintin or international espionage-related activities.

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Fearghus was tempted into training as a journalist after an injudicious exposure to the Tintin books at an early age. He worked in several content marketing and writing jobs before starting at Clowdy, where he deals with blogging, social media and other non-Tintin or international espionage-related activities.