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Formed by Ryan Olson and Solid Gold men Zack Coulter and
Check them out: Gayngs' MySpace
2. HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
Forget the fact that they're blessed with one of the worst names in the world right now, and concentrate on Alynda Lee Segarra and her New Orleans troupe's ability to pen irresistible country-folk vignettes. The appallingly abbreviated HFTRR turned in a heart-stopping performance at the MOJO Bootleg BBQ this year and served up a new tune, Soul Song, which underlined their immense potential and seductive power. Watch for them when they tour the UK in May and dig into their self-titled debut that is out on the Loose label now.
Check them out: Hurray For The Riff Raff's MySpace
Recommended to us by our friends at the British Underground, Wrexham instrumental four-piece Gallops kicked off the cobwebs of the night before by opening up at MOJO's Bootleg BBQ. Like a cross between the uncontainable jerkiness of Foals and the precision of Helmet, their blend of math-rock aesthetics, electronica, taut riffs and drummer David Morait's central, Bonzo-like pounding can be quite overwhelming. Watch for a new single, Joust, on May 23, with an album to follow later in the year.
Check them out: Gallops' MySpace
4. ROYAL BANGS
Having enjoyed the patronage of The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney (whose Audio Eagle label they released 2008's We Breed Champions), Tennessee three-piece Royal Bangs have evolved from their initial indie-rock roots into something altogether more red-blooded. It's a point borne out by their new album, Flux Outside, which will thrill fans of both Cheap Trick and The Replacements.
Check them out: Royal Bangs' MySpace
5. THEE ATTACKS
Renown British producer Liam Watson describes Thee Attacks as "DYNAMITE!" Having produced everyone from The White Stripes to James Hunter via The Datsuns and Madness, he's well placed to judge these kind of things. He also produced Thee Attacks's debut, That's Mister Attack To You, down at his Toe Rag HQ. Since then, the Copenhagen four-piece have moved on from their '60s roots and developed unashamed rock-ist tendencies in a manner that is decidedly 'ot, sweaty and hugely entertaining.
Check them out: Thee Attacks' MySpace
6. ALPHA CONSUMER
We have to confess that Alpha Consumer's last album, Kick Drugs Out Of America, passed us by when it was released in January this year. And for that we feel ashamed. Having caught the Gayngs-affiliated three-piece at the Mohawk on March 18, we can safely say that frontman Jeremy Ylvisaker and co. reminded us of just how great America oddball rock used to be. The Modern Lovers meets Talking Heads but heavier is how we describe Alpha Consumer. In truth, they're more entertaining than that.
Check them out: Alpha Consumer's MySpace
7. MATTHEW & THE ATLAS
The ethos behind the Communion label is one that MOJO openly applauds. For those unfamiliar with the Mumford-affiliated British label, their modus operandi revolves strictly round the art of songwriting which is why Matthew Hegarty and his band are signed to said label. The Atlas blend celestial folk with vocal grit and wry lyrical observation. Watching them play Communion's showcase at Austin's Klub Krucial, MOJO found their melodic acumen earnest and entrancing.
Check them out: Matthew And The Atlas' MySpace
THREE MORE TO WATCH FOR...
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
The indie-Cream? From Portland? Mysterious, soulful and bold. Most specifically the tune How Can U Love Me.
Crap name. Great band. If Arctic Monkeys had formed a garage punk band it would sound like this. That's All Y'All.
Unkempt Kyuss worshippers roll stoned and heavy with their new album, Murder The Mountains, which is due out on Relapse on April 12 and is produced by a Decemberist. Hey! Gandalf! Nice dress!
Words: Phil Alexander
Photos: Piper Ferguson
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