Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dig the New Breed: The Best New Bands Hitting the Scene Pt.1

Some of us in the Mod Scene are reluctant to let the new generation of Mod or just Mod friendly music in general have an effect on the scene. In an effort to help show some of the more conservative Mods the benefit of appreciating the changes the scene is going through I've compiled a list of some of my favorite new artists, Mod specific or otherwise, that prove that the 60's doesn't have a monopoly on good music. Here's part 1.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

With influence ranging from Howlin' Wolf to James Brown, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears explode with a mix of Blues,Soul and Funk that can shake any body out of it's seat. With 3 studio albums as of now, each one is masterfully crafted and is a definite recommendation if you have any spare change hanging around. Two of my favorite tracks are "Gunpowder" and "Sugarfoot", both off of "Tell 'em What Your Name Is!", their 2nd LP. If you want gritty hard hitting R&B look no further. 


Men of North Country

Formed in Tel Aviv, this group is signed too Acid Jazz records and produce a mix of Soul,Pop, and Mod influenced tunes that'll have you tapping and singing along. Their first LP "The North" contains great tracks like "Magic" and "Pandora". Their sound is very original and I can't wait to see what else they have to offer!


The Above

From Brooklyn, New York comes a personal favorite group of mine, The Above. Already featured in another one of my posts, The Above bring an amazing mix of Beat and Garage tunes that will be sure to impress. Both their LPs, "The Above" and "Waterbury Street", are worth a listen and purchase. And if you get the chance, see them live!


The Lovers Key

Formed in 2012 and hailing from Southern Florida, The Lovers Key have already left a mark on the scene with their debut album "Here Today Gone Tommorow". Serving up a healthy mix of Soul and R&B, The Lovers Key are a prime example of how musical styles can stay fresh while retaining the same sound, and what a sound! I can't wait to see what these guys have to offer next, and so should you! 


Miles Kane

Miles Kane already has an amazing resume with former bands "The Little Flames", "The Rascals" and "The Last Shadow Puppets" behind him. But now he is a solo act sporting two amazingly crafted LP's "Colour of the Trap" and "Don't Forget Who You Are". Some have even gone as far as too call him the new "Modfather", which is a well earned designation in my opinion. Kane is hugely popular for good reason, he's extremely talented and knows how to write a good song, so give him a listen!


If you like these artists spread the word, share this with your friends and show them Mod is still Modern!

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