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UK Indie Music Scene 2013 Forecast: UK Indie Bands to Look Out for in 2013

A new year and a new writer joins the website – welcome to Paul Gallagher.

Here are Paul’s thoughts on the UK indie music scene for 2013.

Across the pond the UK indie music scene has taken a beating. Over the last couple of years there has been very little in the way of breakthrough indie artists that have made it to the mainstream. The choke-hold that pop behemoths such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, 1 Direction et al have on the music industry here is stifling to say the least. Why would music labels take a chance on edgy youthful guitar music when it’s risky and not guaranteed to make music? Will 2013 offer sonic salvation?

It’s not all doom and gloom however. In times of strife we look up to those who we can trust and who better than Paul Weller (The Jam). In a recent interview with NME he said that there is light at the end of the tunnel for indie music in 2013, looking to the Palma Violets and The Strypes to lead the way: “I loved the Palma Violets single, and I keep hearing a load of different things that are turning me on… I saw that band The Strypes recently and it was just, ‘Wow’. The guitarist is fucking amazing. Really raised my game that did.”

So, there are 2 glimpses of hope (from a man who definitely knows his stuff) that you can look to pump out of your cd player or ipod speakers in 2013.




Now it’s time to go a bit more off the radar and look at some serious up and comers. Forloco are a raw and edgy 5 piece from Leeds in England. Check them out for yourselves here.

Though Forloco’s roots lie in scrappy, spiky guitar music, they have evolved their sound to incorporate more synths and a more refined sound which sees them add an 80s-esque accent to their music. Well worth checking out.




Peace made some waves in 2012 with their hit Wraith, which is available on Wraith - Single - Peace*. This is a catchy synthy/rock hit which reminds us very much of The Mystery Jets, give it a listen…

…. tell us what you think in the comments below. If Peace continue to pump out this sort of quality their music label won’t be able to avoid them and will give them the push they need, hopefully the radios take notice too and give these boys some airplay!

I hope this article has helped open your eyes to a couple of new bands that are causing a stir in the UK, mark my words you will definitely hear more of them in 2013! Viva la indie music revolucione!

Thanks for that Paul and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts over the coming months.

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Paul is a music journalist and reviewer from the UK.  He has written for a number of UK publications before writing for the Indie Bands Blog.

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