New year, new resolutions.. blah blah blah. If all these changes are freaking you out, relax! We gotchu at MTV Iggy! Our old faithful Artist of the Week competition is still up and better than ever. The only new thing about it are the awesomely undiscovered bands.
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 11 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 très revealing interview. You know what to do.
If Ziggy Stardust had a bachelor party, AVAN LAVA’s live performances would be the headlining act. Maybe it’s because the band’s co-producer Ian Pai toured with Blue Man Group and Fischerspooner, or perhaps it’s the members’ mutual love for all things Prince, MJ and Daft Punk. Whatever the inspiration, AVAN LAVA channels a truly theatrical enterprise in their live shows, which pairs perfectly with their disco friendly, party anthem sound.
What if Picasso had given up? What if Nirvana had two drummers, two guitarists and no bass player? To answer the second rhetorical question, it would sound kind of like grungy Greek rockers Bazooka. Does any band ever really need two drum kits? It might seem like overkill, but when you call yourself Bazooka you are going to have to come up with something to justify it.
Young Wonder’s “To You” may have dropped several months ago, garnering love from UK radio and Hype Machine charts in the meantime (it hit #1 a few weeks ago), but it’s the perfect song to ring in a new year. 2012 was terminally shitty, but there’s something about the sad optimism in “To You” by this new Irish producer/vocalist duo that makes you want to give the sunrise another chance.
Shugo Tokumaru is hardly new to the game, nor is he a novice when it comes to charming the daylights out of the callous blogosphere. His penchant for gorgeous harmonies, endless folk instruments and understated but beautiful visuals has been making his small but devoted following smile for a decade. Now, almost six albums deep, the indie-folk, melody savant is yet to betray us with anything cheesy or even overt — all of this despite the use of 20 instruments and a freaking zoetrope for his new album In Focus?
For those whose history classes skimped on Scandinavia, a bit of backstory. Thor Heyerdahl was a 20th century Norwegian adventurer, who (among other over-the-top exploits) once sailed across an ocean on a raft made of balsa wood. Heyerdahl—the band—is out to do their namesake proud, starting with their full-length debut.
And the winner is…
Stay tuned for more…