Comforting Sounds: DJ Shannon’s Artists to Look Forward To in 2014

Bombay Bicycle Club // photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

2014 is off to an amazing start with music, and especially a massive overdose of British and Australian bands! There are so many new bands I want to share, as well as some known bands with albums due out this year. Here are my highlights, and if you listen to my Thursday night 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM radio show, you’ll hear more of these bands, and more!

BANDS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

  • Transgressive Records in London (home to Foals and Flume) recently signed FAMY. I was lucky enough to give their song “A Ho A Hand” a worldwide radio debut on KEXP back in December. Their debut EP is out in March. Listen to their first official single, “Donkey.”


  • Another Transgressive band, Circa Waves, has a b-side called “Get Away” that came out in December 2013. Watch out for them.

  • Katie, one of my DJ assistants, and I share a love of Scottish bands. She told me about a couple of my new faves. I’m totally blown away by Glaswegian band There Will Be Fireworks. The track “River” off their new second album The Dark, Dark Bright snaps me out of any dark mood I may be in and brightens my happy times.

  • Scottish band Penguins Kill Polar Bears have a self-released album out soon titled Building Homes From Broken Bones. It won’t be out until April 7th, but you can hear tracks from it on my show until then. Check out their older stuff on their Soundcloud page.
  • Temples, an English psychedelic band from Kettering, have toured with Tame Impala (dream tour), and are playing Coachella this year. Their debut album Sun Structures is out on Fat Possum on February 11th. They will be HUGE.

  • London-based band Gentlemen currently have an EP out called Night Reels I, and will put out Night Reels II this year. This is the track I’ve been digging for some time now.

  • The Crookes, a band out of Sheffield, UK, have a new album Soapbox coming out on Fierce Panda in UK and Modern Outsider in the US on April 15th. Here’s the single “Play Dumb.”

  • East India Youth’s debut album Total Strife Forever out now on Stolen Recordings. East India Youth is William Doyle from London.

  • Public Service Broadcasting, a London-based duo, is playing Nectar on February 23rd. Their mix of beats, with samples of propaganda material and archive footage, makes for a memorable music learning experience. Listen here.
  • Can’t wait to hear more from Portsmouth, UK band Is Bliss. Check out the track “Desire,” and stay tuned for an EP this year.

  • The Preatures are an Australian band whose song “Is This How You Feel?” reminds me of Feist.

  • Australia quartet Kins relocated to Brighton, England a couple years ago, and are releasing US debut on January 28th. Listen here.
  • Australian band Big Scary’s sophomore album comes out on Barsuk on January 28th. “Twin Rivers” is the jam.

BANDS YOU ALREADY KNOW:

  • If Bombay Bicycle Club’s “Carry Me” track is any representation of the new album So Long, See You Tomorrow, then it will definitely be on my Top 10 of 2014. It is due out February 4th in the US on Vagrant. I went to Brighton, England to see them play the Great Escape Festival back in 2009 based on the one single I played non-stop. They never disappoint and I feel like I’ve seen them mature into such an amazing band. Don’t miss them play at Neptune Theater on April 23rd, or in a city near you, or fly somewhere cool to see them.

  • I’m a huge Doves fan, if you didn’t know. Doves’ frontman Jimi Goodwin’s solo debut album, Odluek, is on repeat for me. I can’t wait until the March 24th release date. I recommend “Oh, Whisky,” but the entire album is pretty amazing.

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks have a new live CD, E Rey: Live in Philadelphia, coming out on February 25th (same day as their Neumos show) on FatCat. The Scottish band is currently in the studio recording their third full-length release. Wait for some exclusive tracks on my show soon, and listen to the new single “Peace Sign” below:

  • New Wild Beasts album “Present Tense” is out February 14th. Check out the single “Wanderlust.”


A couple of these bands were featured on my recent Music That Matters podcast that came out in December 2013 -- you can click here to stream it. Tune in to my show on Thursday, February 6th when I’ll devote all four hours to Scottish bands, new and old. An all-Australian show is in the works, too. To keep up with my show, you can follow me on Twitter at DJShannon, and you can also “like” my DJ Page on Facebook.

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