40 More Bands You’ve Never Heard Of But Should


American heavy rock band with female lead

Jumpers Knee

Indie-electro-rock band from Glasgow. Clever electric beat-mixes coupled with danceable tunes


From Boston, USA, experimental rock band with heavy use of instrumentals

Miss The Occupier

Glasgow indie-punk band, honest-sounding female lead


English fast-paced indie band, uses synthesisers and good multi-vocals

The Anomalies

Hereford-based ‘new rap’ rock group. Very original and catchy


Steady pop-like band from LA. Like Cold War Kids but slower.

The Bloodsugars

Quirky NY band, does clever covers with good dancy backbeat

The Fazed

“in a daze”-sounding band from Leicester, repetitive guitaring with effortless vocals

Little Boots

One-to-watch for 2009, disco-pop mixed with dance

Porcelain and the Tramps

Hard rock swirled with industrial electronica from Detriot, USA. Female lead with full-powered vocals

Soho Dolls

Simple electric pop with funky pauses and changes in tune.

Sufjan Stevens

Happy go lucky male from USA, easy and slow with piano accompaniment

Uh Huh Her

Actress Leisha Harvey makes up one half of this rocking electric-pop duo.

The Weakerthans

Indie band from USA, their track “Aside”  featured in film Wedding Crashers

Young Love

Rocking-beat band from NY, alike to, and supported, Academy Is

Marnie Stern

Obscurely progressive indie-pop artist with influential drumming and quirky beats

Beat Union

Punk-rock male band from Birmingham. Debut album out in Japan

Cocteau Twins

From Grangemouth, Scotland. Sometimes-Christmassy trio with easy-listening vocals and and epic-sound.

Collective Soul

Featured on the ‘Twilight’ soundtrack. Pure-of-heart classic-rock/pop band from Atlanta, Georgia.

Giant Drag

Female artist from LA. Uses weird lyrics and usually-constant musical backing

Camera Obscura

Upbeat classic indie band  with ingenious lyrics and warming female vocals

Hollywood Undead

Band made of a third rock, third hip hop, and third metal. Slightly distorted vocals, easily make a crowd rowdy. From LA, USA.

Voluntary Butler Scheme

Lounge/house music-makers from Stourbridge. Simplistic and seemingly-meaningless vocals

My Dying Bride

UK version of Rammstein. Gothic death metal, medium speed

Johnny Foreigner

Small, quirky, random three-some from Birmingham. Jamming sound with very original and easily recogniseable vocals.


Typical emo-pop-indie band, sounds like the younger brother of New Found Glory

Midget and Giant

Acoustic duo from the UK. Low vocals with plucky guitaring and a slow pace.


Metal band from Denmark. Starts slow but gets faster. Think Nickelback mixed with Switchfoot.


Electric indie band from Derby. Conjures images of manga and retro computer games. Had radio play from Steve Lamacq and Jonathan Ross.


Hotly tipped by Kerrang, kid emo band from London. Despite being in the emo category, can be generically liked.

Your New Escape Plan

Mix of Placebo and Angels and Airwaves with a slower pace. From England.

Janet and the Boowalks

Melodramatic acousticy pop by a group of upbeat females.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Set for stardom Glasgow foursome. Arctic-Monkeys x Futureheads indie band signed to FatCat Records

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