2013 was a depressing year for pop music. It was also not an amazing year for new bands, instead bringing a rich selection of great works by reliable rock music heroes like Mike Patton, Gary Numan and DeVo…hardly new blood. Meanwhile Justin Bieber announced he was retiring. What a lightweight. The goddamn Rolling Stones are still touring. With Jeff Beck. Springsteen is acting like he’s twenty again. I mean, grow a spine, Bieber. Jeesh.
You can find the Spotify playlist for this article here.
Dead Sara are my favourite underdogs right now. It’s like RATM jamming with L7 in Nirvana’s tour bus, and now I can’t stop headbanging. Just amazing playing and pure, loud rock.
The heaviest; most energetic, grooviest live band of the year, and a treat for Black Sabbath fans. Check out their live videos too.
If you’re gonna do it, do it loud, or don’t do it at all !
It’s a Mike Patton project released on legendary Ipecac Recordings. Enough said.
Not my favourite QOTSA album but very impressive none the less, and check out all the videos that go with it.
I’m not a big stonesour fan, but this is more than another single, it’s an epic two-album storytelling concept album project, so it gets points for creativity.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a new Suede album, hadn’t heard of them in a while. Turns out they can still right classy pop hits.
DeVo – On The Inside
Devo – On the Inside
This was a sad year for DeVo with the passing away of drummer Alan Myers. There is no official DeVo video for the (excellent) latest album, but instead enjoy this amazing stop-motion video made by a fan and set to Blockhead (with the band’s blessing).
Gary Numan is the original new wave genius and goes all steampunk victorian for the promo of his new album. This single should hit home with all new wave / industrial fans.
Toybloid – Stuck In Boring City
Sometimes, out of the blasé hipsteritude of the Paris rock scene clone wars, will emerge something exciting. Toybloid did not invent a new sound but should make any fan of electro-rock or riot grrrl music (like me) quite happy.
(also check out their cool video for Dancer here).
I hesitated to include this one as it is clearly more an electronic project than rock, but they are actually a real live band (as amazing as it sounds). This project is a collaboration between legendary duo Modselektor and Berlin producer Apparat (Sascha Ring). And the result is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see them live.