Keep an eye out for these new artists joining the best of the indie rock scene in 2021.
Right now, it feels like guitar bands are emerging onto the mainstream music scene after a long hibernation since the indie glory days of the mid-2000s.
Here are eight indie rock bands poised for big things in 2021.
Squid makes confident, intriguing art-rock with driving bass lines reminiscent of Talking Heads. The band have spent the last year working on their debut album, which may well surface in 2021 and should take them in a different direction.
After releasing his self-titled debut album last year, Billy Nomates enters 2021 with a new EP Emergency phone scheduled for release in March. Sleaford Mods and Iggy Pop are big fans of social commentary by artists. New release “Heels” is a decidedly furious electronic punk track with driving harmonies.
The Los Angeles-based singer writes big, serious songs that fit right in with the best of 2000s indie rock. Last year’s EP How will I rest in peace if I’m buried by a highway? invites comparisons with Foals and Bloc Party. He recently dabbled in pop punk with a collaboration with Travis Barker. 2021 surely holds great things in store.
Manchester band Blanketman have racked up views on Spotify with their bright, catchy Joy Division indie rock and are aimed at mass audiences. Their first EP National Trust comes out in March.
The London-based band dabble in Americana, grunge and shoegaze. “The Rift” mixes fiery guitars with Oasis-style vocals. Keep an eye out for other records in the pipeline.
Since forming in 2019, these Glasgow teenagers have released riff-heavy rock anthems with singing backing vocals. Still a young group, they are super talented and ready for big things.
Grumpy, politically sharp post-punk that feels fresh. TV Priest just signed with Sub Pop and their debut album Above comes out in early May.
Britpop lives in Oscar Lang. His latest EP antidote to boredom mixes grizzly psychedelic rock and sunny pop melodies. After spending 2020 releasing tracks that travel across genres and sounds, this year hopefully Lang will hit the stage.
Whether they’re discovering new bands debuting with their debut records or eagerly watching their favorite up-and-coming artists go in new directions, indie rock fans have a lot to look forward to in 2021.
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