THE DIVERS (UK)
Sounds like: Pearl Jam, Band of Horses, Death Cab for Cutie
Formed just last year, London four-piece The Divers are a throw-back to late 80s/early 90s rock. Possessing a wide range of influences from acts from that era (including Pearl Jam, Band of Horses and Wilco), their honest story-telling and song writing has an irresistibly appealing nature to it.
The band released their debut single late last year, with ‘A Little Better’ quickly gaining local support. Now, they’re back with a follow up. Upbeat and grungy, their new single ‘The Way You Are’ will be officially released in July – but you can check it out now!
Sounds like: J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Shlohmo
A talented Australian producer drawing influence from electronic beat pioneers J Dilla and Flying Lotus, Newcastle-based Slamagotchi is one to watch. Having already played alongside International acts like Toki-Monsta and Knxwledge and locals Jonti and Seekae, he’s also started producing for other artists – including ‘Reckless’, the recent, bewitching single from Georgia Potter.
Check out his latest release, the hip-hop gem ‘Nu Jax,’ which features rhymes from a crew he’s formed a close bond with, the US based NASA8.
THE PEACH KINGS (USA)
Sounds like: The Black Keys, The Kills, Abbe May
I’ve been in love with these guys for a few years now. Formed in San Francisco, but now based in LA, the duo have developed a powerful blues sound somewhat similar to The Black Keys or the Kills. Vocalist Paige Wood’s sultry tones reminds me a lot of Perth musician Abbe May.
With a number of EP and single releases already winning them an adoring, cult following, the Peach Kings’ latest single ‘Mojo Thunder’ sees them take on a trippier, psychedelic sound that they call “gypsadelia.”