Here’s the first instalment in our #TopTenSunday series, a weekly, bitesize feature for you to chaw over with a brew and a hangover! This week, we look at the best British bands who are currently active in the UK. As always, disagree with us, let us know what you think! Who would you have make the Top 10 and who would you have miss out? Enjoy!
10. The Invisible
This London-based trio’s authentic brand of intricate, electronic-tinged rock has resulted in two excellent LPs thus far. 2009’s self-titled debut was critically acclaimed, and nominated for a mercury prize, with follow up Rispah being worthy of a place in our Top 10 Albums of 2012. Expect a 3rd some time in 2015.
9. Royal Blood
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher are Royal Blood – a duo that don’t even drop their debut album until August 2014. Despite this, they’re already filling the John Peel tent 3 times over, and we’ve already heard enough to include them in this list. Huge, bass-driven riffs that would leave Josh Homme salivating!
2013’s debut Settle achieved both critical and commercial success, even going as far as to debut at number one in the UK Albums Chart. Their brand of electronica encompasses the best of the UK garage and house landscapes, imposing huge hooks and tantalizing collaborations in the process.
We’re now a decade on from the release of their iconic self-titled debut, and despite flirting with the playing to the palette of the unthinking majority over the past 10 years, the quality of their output has remained. They’ve grown to a huge band, ultimately culminating in their triumphant Glastonbury headlining slot this year. Consistency is the name of the game.
6. Boards of Canada
BoC have been making music now for almost 30 years, and as far as their output goes, quality is definitely prioritized over quantity. However, the 4 LPs and 6 EPs that have been dropped consistently show an unerring ability to create electronic soundscapes that mesmerize even the most impenetrable dispositions.
Joseph Mount and Co. now have a back catalogue 4 albums strong, and the strength of it warrants their inclusion in the top 5 of this list. The 4-piece trademark a rickety brand of electronica by equipping it with sauntering reveries, and dangerously catchy basslines.
4. Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club are another band whose feracity has built themselves a burgeoning reputation, which is of course backed up by a superb precession of LPs. Despite their young years, they have been nothing short of prolific since their 2009 debut, hopping from limb to limb of the indie paradigm, and proving themselves sublimely adept across all aspects of their work thus far.
3. Arctic Monkeys
Arguably, British music’s most valuable commodity right now. Arctic Monkeys have lived up to the hype that surrounded them and then some from when they burst onto the scene in 2006, and have now traded in the Adidas Originals for leather jackets and a seductive swagger to match. Alex Turner’s lyrical wizardry goes without saying.
2. Wild Beasts
With 2014’s Present Tense, the quality of Wild Beasts’ output shows no sign of regressing. Their 4th record is a display of real innovation and unerring quality, and cements their place as one of the most accomplished and important British bands currently at work.
News emerging this weekend that Radiohead are heading back into the studio this September is only ever going to be good for British music. As they have been for almost 2 decades now, they are the best British band we have to call upon. With arguably the best back catalogue of any band internationally and plans to write more, Thom Yorke et al. leave the competition high and dry. No surprises.