5 underground bands you should catch at this years KENDAL CALLING – WATCH NOW

With this years Kendal Calling rapidly approaching, Gigslutz’ Amelia Ward gives you the low down of 5 acts who you should catch, who you  may not be aware of…

Throwing Up

With their debut album being released last week on Tim Burgess’ brilliant O Genesis label, Throwing Up are an ‘angsty’ DIY female fronted punk effort that doesn’t involve scary, feministnudity or anger. Winner! Expect sweet, melodic vocals, snarls and crunchy guitars. If it’s good enough for Tim, it’s good enough for me.

All We Are

Liverpool based All We Are bring us North West style psych-pop. There are trippy guitars and haunting vocals with nods to atmospheric ‘dream pop’ like Beach House and Warpaint. Their latest single Utmost Good, released back in June, proves their self-description of ‘Beegees on diazepam’ as quite accurate. Beegees, diazepam… What’s not to love?


Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast fuses folk melodies with a lack of pretence to give a refreshing take on social commentary. Playing since 2005, the ‘drunk folk singer’ blends honesty and dark humour to discuss anything from MDMA, one night stands and the smoking ban to mortgage prices. Eclectic.

Intermission Project

Two eighteen year old boys with self-confessed interests of reading, table tennis and playing chess. Intermission Project are an acoustic folk duo with the curly hair and knitwear to challenge Mumford and Sons. They were also featured on Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel, but don’t let that put you off.

Edgar Summertyme

With an impressive collection of collaborations under his belt including the likes of Ian MCCulloch, Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene, Edgar Summertyme (aka Edgar Jones) gives us 60s inspired, psych-tinged R&B. Debut solo album ‘Soothing Music for Stray Cats’ (2005) is a ‘colossal mix of jazz, blues and voodoo jibber-jabber’ according to Noel G. I couldn’t described it better myself.

Amelia Ward