Time to get Iggy with it! The best part of the week is here again! Join the click clique in deciding who will be our “Artist of the Week.”
One of the five rising artists listed below will be voted in by you and netizens just like you across the globe. You have until next Friday morning at 9 am EST to vote for your favorite artist using the poll below.
The band with the most votes will be featured on MTV Iggy’s homepage along with a tell-all interview. You know what to do.
Death at Sea
When you hear Death At Sea’s two singles, there’s no denying a sonic relationship to The Strokes between the pleasant melody and steady wall of sound rhythmic guitar jangle and all those familiar symbols of the early 2000s. But the Liverpool fivesome displays some tried and true grit that hearkens the MC5, or even grunge music. There are more cursewords, for one, and darker lyrics, as well as anthemic builds, unfiltered vocals, and a hard garage sound. It’s as if they’re not disaffected, but actually angry, which is a lot more interesting, especially when wrapped in lovely major chords.
Rapper X.O Senavoe was born in California to parents of Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage. He spent a lot of his youth in Ghana, but if you ask him which city he calls his own he has a hard time choosing between Accra and Lagos. No wonder he often inhabits several voices or personalities in the course of one song. His verbal skills, er, speak for themselves on his recordings, but for further bona fides he’s also applied them to earning a law degree from Howard University. (No worries. If we land an interview we’ll be sure and ask if he’s single.)
No Spill Blood
No Spill Blood of Dublin take their name from The Island of Doctor Moreau by way of an Oingo Boigo song, which is fitting. The group itself is something of an ungodly chimera. Composed of members of Adebisi Shank, Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk and Magic Pockets, some might call them a super group. The music, too, smacks of mad science gone awry, in a strange but fascinating way. Their monster is made of noise, emotionally damaged synthesizers, prog rock, post-rock, and various sorts of core. It’s a psychedelic, city destroying thing that you should really listen to.
Bareto, a tropical roots-rock group from Lima, has been leading the neo-cumbia charge in Peru. The band formed in 2003, beginning as a Latin-tinged instrumental reggae group playing to the dreadlocked set Then, around 2007, a new enthusiasm for the old-school psychedelic Peruvian cumbia style known as chicha caught on among the nation’s taste-makers, spurred in part by the Roots of Chicha compilations released on Brooklyn’s Barbes Records.
PAWS describe themselves as DIY-Punks, and after learning about their performance on top of a double decker bus, we believe them. The 3 piece band that started as a living room jam sesh is now pushing out its debut album, Cokefloat! on FatCatRecords. PAWS stays true to its garage roots, with plenty of lo-fi fuzz, dirty guitar riffs and scratchy, raw vocals. But they’ve left the garage door open for a little pop to come on in, with enough memorable hooks to stage a sing-along at any of their shows.