Ones To Watch 2012: Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of our look at all things new – this time taking a look at some bands set to make their mark on 2012. It’s all very well these singer songwriters dominating the airwaves, but there’s a lot to be said for a good burst of band-fuelled energy – and these five are looking to supply just that.

Niki And The Dove

On learning of their inclusion in the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2012’ list, Niki And The Dove proclaimed their wish to be the ‘Bjorn Borgs of pop music’ – a rather quaint notion as they can stand on their wooden rackets to cushion the shock should their equipment go awry.

For the Stockholm pair believe in electronics as their currency – and the seven track EP The Drummer, released late last year, gave notice of their prowess. With a full length album due later this spring, it’s time to get acquainted.

Last Night by Niki & The Dove

Niki And The Dove play three gigs in the UK in February, beginning on 8th at Manchester’s Islington Mill. More at


Tribes have wasted no time in blasting out of the blocks this year – their debut album Baby is in the bag and out on Island shortly, making an early bid to be one of 2012’s big hitters.

Our review of the album acknowledges the influence of Nirvana, Radiohead and the Libertines, but also notes the Camden quartet’s capacity for original thought and heart wrenching choruses. Hopefully the below will convince you one way or the other:

The Tribes’ UK tour begins in Bristol on 11th January as part of Propaganda at the O2 Academy, with the band playing a number of dates through to the London O2 Academy on 25th February. More at

Dry The River

We guarantee that if you’ve read anything about Dry The River already, the piece will have included the name of some band who posed in a shop window for their album cover and released a song called Little Lion Man. So we won’t mention them, but will say instead that the band are an intelligent blend of guitar pop with folk around the edges.

Shallow Bed is the name of the new album, due for release in March – with frontman and main musical inspiration Peter Liddle seeing the crowning of a musical project begun alone at university. Big things await for him and his band.

Dry the River – “Night Owls” by Dry the River

Dry The River play XOYO, London, on 23rd January, then Ritz Manchester on 8th February. More at drytheriver


Could this be the year for Younghusband? They surfaced briefly in 2008 and 2009 with an EP each year, but made more of a lasting impact in 2011 signing to Too Pure for the double release Carousel/Nothing Nothing. Nowadays their home is Sonic Cathedral, where they released a highly thought of Crystal EP in November. Can we hope for a new album this year?

Reunion Message by Younghusband

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When record label press releases group phrases like ‘kaleidoscopic psychedelia’ and ‘world music influences’ together it could be a big worry, but not for Oxford quintet Fixers. Not for them a voyage of self important navel gazing in Borneo – rather they’ve been concentrating on building up solid radio and press support ahead of an album release in the Spring.

If you listen to Majesties Ranch and Swimmhaus Johannesburg you’ll see what all the fuss is about – and with Mercury as bold as to suggest their debut could be ‘one of the most exciting from a British band in years’, we’ll soon get to see what the hype is all about.

Fixers kick off a UK tour at Derby’s Assembly Rooms on 2nd February, ending on 23rd February at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. More at

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