Free Download: Southampton Unsigned

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In March, we went on the lookout for the best unsigned talent in the local area. The quality of the entrants was high across the board, but we had to whittle them down to our ten favourite unsigned artists.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here is some of the best unsigned talent in Southampton.

Dolomite Minor

A frighteningly young two-piece rock/blues band who have already headlined The Joiners, The Talking Heads and Guava. They recently impressed at the Talking Heads Battle of the Bands competition. See them at one of their many gigs in and around Portsmouth over the coming months.

Dolomite Minor – Gone For Good

England Road

England Road play the kind of testosterone-fuelled rock that fans of both Oasis and Arctic Monkeys will be familiar with. They were also the youngest band in history to headline The Joiners, with an average age of 15. They will be playing the Southern England Area Final of Live and Unsigned UK competition on the 26th May and play The Cellar June 1st.

England Road – Fight For Your Life

Dance Barry Dance

Dance Barry Dance describe themselves as one of Southampton’s premier”pop-punk-comedy” bands, or what it would sound like “if Frank Turner accidentally picked up Tim Minchin’s sheet music before a gig” and it’s hard to disagree. Here is a jaunty ditty about a nan.

Dance Barry Dance – My Nan is a Pirate

Corolla

Corolla hail from Southampton but have played gigs in Islington and Camden in London. ‘Island Rhythms’ is a great downbeat indie pop song, with dissonant wailing guitars and echoes of Radiohead.

Corolla – Island Rhythms

The 3rd League

The 3rd League have been around since 2009 and are influenced by britpop, punk and 60s bands. They defy convention by having a bassist as a lead singer, and you’ve got to respect that.

The 3rd League – Tape-Echo

The Redundants

Winchester-based band The Redundants sound like a plugged in version of Ed Sheeran, and far more interesting. They are currently seeking management and are gigging in the local area over the coming months. ‘Time and Money’ is a soulful track, that showcases the band’s musical talent and lyrical ability.

The Redundants – Time and Money

Rob and The Liar

Rob and The Liar is, in fact, composed of two separate and distinct Robs. While which one is the liar remains unclear, there is a charming honesty to their music. The pair will be familiar to frequenters of open mic nights across Southampton.

Rob and the Liar – Singing About Jesus

Triassic

One of the most recently formed bands on this list, they claim that they formed in November 2011 and spent “a solid 3 months coming up with a decent name”. Since being named, though, they have won a Battle of the Bands competition at the Talking Heads.

Triassic – Fluoxetine (Demo)

Jason Nolan

Jason Nolan’s music sounds like what would happen if James Blake started playing keys for Patrick Wolf. ‘Shilly-Shallying’ is an engaging and understated modern pop song with its roots planted in hip-hop and dubstep.

Jason Nolan – Shilly-Shallying

#Tags

The futuristically-named #Tags offer pure, unadulterated pop music, and have been known to cover a few pop classics in their time, such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’. The band also clearly understand and appreciate the power of facial hair, which is a bonus.

#Tags – My Father’s House

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    Hi Joe, just letting you know we have a Facebook page now, maybe you could put the link it in? http://www.facebook.com/robchapmanmusic

    Also you got the wrong duo in that photo haha (that’s just some random guy from the Hobbit who got on stage).

    Good choice of music, lots of promising musicians on here!

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