It's that time year again, 3rd followers! Where we usually give you the '3rd Outing Best 11' of the year. However, it's fair to say that between writing for French music magazines and doing full time jobs with real bosses and real deadlines (real boring), we've been a bit lazy on the old writing front. So, this year we celebrate the best 11 bands that we failed to write about!! Merry Christmas, and a happy new music year to thee...
Amen Dunes - let's start by going right back to the beginning of the year. We heard them, but forgot to do the write up. The San Franciscan has released some real moody cool tracks this year, Miki Dora maybe the best of the lot. Now, run!
The Blinders - wire in to the new Manchester sound. Cya Indie, now then Rock 'n' Roll. The riff on Gotta Get Through is worth writing about alone, surely this could have made the Pulp Fiction soundtrack? Tipping hats to Kiss in the video, too.
Trudy and the Romance - right, let's cross to rival cities here with some happy go lucky Liverpudlian tunes. This is post noughties Indie at it's best, and it's a bit jazzy, too. Twist It started floating about late 2017, but this year Trudy kicked on.
Sherpa The Tiger - Ukrainian Sherps portrays a 300 year language phenomenon in just half an hour with this electric EP called The Great Vowel Shift. It's more music to get yourself lost to, as opposed to memorable lines, a bit like TGVS itself.
Hobo Johnson - this is a real peach (scone). From pizza shops and living in cars to millions of views on YouTube and even a Bob Boilen Tiny Desk meh meh meh, this guy is going places - literally, like a venue near you in Europe next year. C U There.
Regis Turner - the only Frenchie on this year's list, we gotta let 'em have one. Hailing from the happening town of Metz, Turner's Un Rêve dans un Rêve is one super sexy piece of Lo-Fi Electro; dream festive snow covered streets dreams.
Declan Welsh and The Decadent West - love tunes that come across all Scottish, aye? Dec and the Decs do this marvellously. They stick to old fashioned guitar music principles, with good drop verses and bouncing choruses. This is Shiny Toys.
Iceage - did you Catch It this year, or did you miss the boat just like us? This 'Wild West' influenced Rock 'n' Roll tune is just about as good as it gets in the genre, though wonder if they're into The Brian Jonestown Massacre? I'll ask next year.
Seatbelts - one of the coolest sounding tracks of the year. They might sound familiar, remember Hooton Tennis Club? Hey Hey Tiger signals a slightly new direction with a more Stone Roses-esque guitar vibe. This is what Bez likes.
Shame - "ere m8 got any Rizla"? Oh, the sound of teenage rebellion. We like that it's all a bit "I don't care what you think of me, you're not my real Dad" kinda stuff. However, it's a good tune + you've got to love the farmer, am I right? It's Dibnah!
White Room - Brighton never let's you down, man. Unless if you're a Torie or one of those rockers that got a bloody moddy nose at the pivvy ca. 1964. This is Cannibal Song and it's proper freaky and proper addictive. Merry Christmas, eh!