NU MUSIC: The Midlands is alive with a wealth of new musical talent.

The Midlands is alive with a wealth of new musical talent. Sixty9°’s Molly Copoc explores the
sound of our cities and the freshest new talent.

Nottingham: Keto
Funky, fresh and ready to storm the music scene is four piece Nottingham band, Keto. Their lo-fi folk style places their music in a hypnotic field, with lead singer, Leah Sinead producing a spellbinding performance with her band. An essence of Laura Marling and Stevie Nicks flow through her vocals, leaving the audience falling at their feet throughout their shows which are sure to captivate you. The band are already on the road to success as it’s not just the UK this band plan to prevail having recently
played shows in France.

Nottingham/Derby: Babe Punch 

Grunge rock chicks Babe Punch span across the homelands of Nottingham and Derby. Their sound has attracted praise from NME and fellow rock band – Drenge. Driven by a mission to show the strength in women, these girls have shown they are a force to be reckoned with after the release of their EP Control. With entrancing vocals and hearty bass you can’t help but move your feet.
The band recently played their first headline gig in Birmingham and we predict there are many more shows where that came from.

Leicester: Sepia Sun
This rocktronica trio have been on the music scene since 2014 performing around their hometown of Leicester but what is rocktronica I hear you cry? Why it’s the impeccable mix of rock and electronic and trust us when we say it’s a blessing to our ear drums and iPod’s. Over the years the use of electronic music technology in rock music has come into its own, giving the rock scene something it truly needs. A unique, fresh sound and this is exactly what Sepia Sun brings to the table.

Leicester: Royal Arcade
Fresh onto the music scene are five piece band Royal Arcade. Their alluring live shows are a scene awash with mosh pits, the odd crowd surfer and hordes of passionate chanting. Their music places them in a whimsical sub-genre of alternative rock –Dream pop, with psychedelic undertones creeping through. The band has well and truly broke out onto their hometown scene and gathered an impressive number of plays on their SoundCloud account. We predict big things for Royal Arcade’s future. Watch this space.

Derby: Alex Blood & The Diggers
2017 is the year of Alex Blood & the Diggers. Having supported the likes of Maverick Sabre and claiming themselves a number of main stage slots at festivals they bring something new and exciting to the music scene with their sound that is….well…’s so good they can’t even pin point it themselves. Fresh out of Derby, this quartet grace the stage with their mash up of genres: Punk, rock, rap and reggae! Oh you do
spoil us boys. With a debut album in the making, we suspect 2017 is the year the band will launch into
the mainstream music industry and we cannot wait.

Birmingham: The Cosmics
Let us introduce you to Birmingham trio: Erin, Conor and Danny behind band The Cosmics. If alternative rock and garage punk is what you’re into then we are sure you’ll be a fan! Influenced by the 60’s/70’s era, The Cosmics are set to release new music in 2017 having released EP Johnny last year (Check it out on YouTube!) You are sure to fall in love with the vintage voice of vocalist/bassist Erin Curran and relive the traditional years of punk scuzz.

Birmingham: Mutes
Having emerged into the music scene in 2013, Mutes fourth album is set to be released this summer. The band’s sound has drastically changed throughout the years and all started by producing bedroompop in front man James ’flat in their hometown of Birmingham.
The band now use harmonized vocals twinned with brash guitar riffs to establish themselves in the noise-rock genre accompanied by connotations of lo-fi inspired shoe gaze with a hint of grunge.

Derby: Dactylion
Four piece alternative/shoegaze band are fresh out of Derby and when we say fresh we mean they are so new to the scene they played their first gig back in January! Expect more music to emerge from this hopeful band this year with big guitars and mesmerizing shoe gaze vocals. Spread the word and tell your friends!