With Pulp, Richard Hawley, Arctic Monkeys and The Human League all hailing from Sheffield, new up-and-coming bands from the city have a tough job trying to even get noticed alongside their predecessors. However, that isn't stopping the city's best bands from from giving it a go, and today the Steel City has an abundance of artists fuelling its vibrant music scene. With Sheffield's Tramlines festival kicking off today (20 July), Nicola Allen picks five of her hometown's favourites who are worth spending five minutes with - plus get our insider's guide to the event in The Q Festival Blog now.
Blue Lip Feel
Having been together for little-under two years, quartet Blue Lip Feel have already brought their swingy, 70s glam-rock styling to two EPs: 2011's Shallow Getaway and March's Glitterbox EP (above). After putting a modern twist on an antiquated genre, the band have scooped support slots with Scot's Kassidy and 2012-favourites, Tribes. They went on to become this year's People's Choice following a seven-band showcase at The Leadmill. Their prize? Opening the Saturday main stage (1pm, July 21) at this year's Tramlines Festival.
Having signed to independent label Fierce Panda - who boasted the likes of The Maccabees and Coldplay early on - Hey Sholay are fast-becoming one of Sheffield's better known groups. Consisting of five artistic musicians, they offer up a collection of psychedelic indie pop that encourages movement in even the most static of people. Hey Sholay have concocted a unique folk-infused synth tone, and then polished it to a dazzling shine. They're coming home to the Devonshire Green main stage this weekend on Saturday afternoon (2pm).
After two years of band experience, indie-pop trio The Retrospectives have developed their catchy twee-pop sound into a memorable collection of summer tracks for their first EP entitled Room With No View. In fact, the band started streaming EP opener Forever this week ahead of its release later this summer. Playing Tramlines on Saturday evening (Beg-Borrow Steal, 4:20pm), The Retros' put on an exciting show perfect for dusting off those dancing shoes.
Delving deeper into Sheffield's dark side, duo Wet Nuns deliver a furious mix of "power-death blues-punk". Colliding filthy riffs and Strepsil-needing vocals together for over a year now, the pair take the city's music discography away from the guitar-pop favoured by many other artists in the vicinity. As the self-proclaimed makers of "middle-of-the-road dad rock songs about mainly women or death, or women and death", the 'Nuns are set to attract a spike-and-leather-wearing crowd for a raucous set on day two of Tramlines (DQ, 10:15pm).
Rock five-piece Bluehearts are one of the newest groups on the music scene up North, having formed in late 2010. Over the course of their first year as a band, Bluehearts (who play Sheffield's O2 Academy tonight at 6:30pm, and tomorrow at The Green Room, 9pm as part of Tramlines) have established themselves as classic rock'n'rollers, bringing punchy instrumentals and charisma to the stage and their recorded releases so far. Think 80s rock meets grunge and you'll have a pretty good idea of what Bluehearts sound like: loud.
All set times correct at the time of publishing. For more information and the full line-up head to Tramlines.org.uk
11:01 AM | 20/07/2012
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