Dexys / Enter Shikari / Thee Oh Sees / Mount Kimbie / Future Of The Left / AlunaGeorge / Darkstar / King Krule / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Outfit / Theme Park / Amateur Best / Marmozets / Hacktivist / Mind Enterprises / Soley / Dan Croll / Brolin / Double Denim Records
Dexys are the quintessential English band who released ‘One Day I'm Going To Soar’, their fourth studio album, in 2012. Their first since 1985, the album and live shows were hugely well received by critics and fans. The band will play a very specialshow in the city’s beautiful Anglican Cathedral, the first time Liverpool Sound City will use this iconic building.
Enter Shikari are one of the biggest and best rock acts in the country. Their album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ was voted number 1 album of the year by Kerrang in 2012. Their post hardcore sound has gained them legions of fans who always ensure a raucous and sweaty mosh pit wherever they play. The band is used to playing huge venues and this 14+ show will be one of the most tumultuous at Sound City. Psychedelic garage rock comes courtesy of US act Thee Oh Sees whose riot sparking shows hinge upon guitar chewing, melody maiming front man, John Dwyer.
Mount Kimbie have developed a truly unique sound where experimental rhythms play on the fringes of dubstep, wonky and hip hop and ooze with emotion. Their echoing, ambient soundscapes take the audience on a true sonic journey. The elusive Future Of The Left only tour sporadically, so their badass, intense set is not to be missed. Theirs is the brooding menace of a band who truly wear their hearts on their sleeves.
London based duo, AlunaGeorge are the name on everyone’s lips in 2013. Having been together for barely a year, this talented duo’s infectious mixes are immersed in sweet harmonies and electronic charm. Nominated for both the BBC Sound of 2013 and the Brits Critics Choice award, catch them at Sound City before they go stratospheric.
King Krule is South East London’s rough jewel. A very talented young man, his unexpected deep and mournful baritone is disappointment and disillusionment personified. His first tour was a sell out, he’s (slowly) breaking America having been a standout performance at CMJ, and his show at the Pitchfork Festival made him the talk of Paris. King Krule’s time is now so catch him at Sound City first.
Darkstar’s music is for the early hours after a devastating night before and their much anticipated new album, ‘News From Nowhere’ is due on Warp Records in February. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are from the US and New Zealand and their music captures encapsulates the psychedelic majesty of fellow antipodeans Tame Impala and fellow West coasters Ariel Graffiti.
Local Liverpool band, Outfit are set to be huge in 2013 and their synth tinged guitar pop has seen them described as a ‘Chillwave New Order’ by the Guardian.
Sound City last year provided a first chance for new music lovers to see acts such as Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Django Django before the bands released critically and commercially acclaimed albums later in the year and this year’s batch of fresh faced young talent includes Solely, Theme Park, Amateur Best, Marmozets, Hacktivist, Mind Enterprises, Dan Croll and Brolin as well as a showcase from the much celebrated label, Double Denim Records.