New Year is the time where everyone puts their heads together and produces a list. It can be a list of “The best of”, “The Worst of” or even adventurously a list predicting the year ahead.
That is exactly what we have done. Red Rose has compiled a list of people from the Lancashire scene we think could help set 2012 alight.
We also asked a few bands from the area to give up their tips on who they felt had what it takes to make it big.
(Oh and as we are old-fashioned here, we are counting Manchester as Lancashire so no arguing with us. Thanks.)
Joel Durkin, Red Rose Music Lancs
Preston rockers Failsafe’s long-awaited third album is set to be released at some point in early 2012.
The self funded album has relied on fan donations, and with the band’s appearance on UK show The Inbetweeners and lengthy UK tours to their name, the upcoming album is set to be the band’s biggest yet.
Manchester tech metal band Last Chance To Dance have been attracting attention for a while.
Formed in 2005, early support slots with hardcore bands such as Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari highlight the band’s talent. The band has begun to chase a more aggressive, technical sound, targeting a thriving british tech metal scene.
New record ‘In Light The Blackout’, is set for release in January 2012 and could be the turning point for this (for the moment) under the radar, young tech metal band.
Sam Bennett, Red Rose Music Lancs
Charlotte O’ Connor is a rather beautiful and feisty singer/songwriter from Blackburn who it appears has pretty much everything to grab 2012 by the bollocks.
With her quirky pop songs filled with razor-sharp and searingly honest lyrics partnered perfectly with a passionate attitude she is brilliantly placed to make people sit up and notice.
Her debut album For Kenny is out in March.
Second up are Daystar who are gaining a rapidly growing following thanks to entertaining T.V. appearances and belting tunes.
The Manchester Indie boys wrapped up two awards last year and with a follow up to their fantastic debut album possibly on the way, 2012 could be their time to shine.
Andy Biddulph, Red Rose Music Lancs
Blackburn’s riotous punk upstarts Middle Finger Salute are set to release a new album early this year and boy, are we excited for it. With stints supporting folk-punk legends Against Me! and two spells over the pond on the world-renowned Warped Tour under their belts, 2012 could well be the year that makes MFS.
Be sure to grab a free download of the band’s 2010 EP “We Are The Sleepless” here.
With 2011 being such a good year for pop-punk stateside, it’s about time that the UK fought back. At the front of the British revival will be Blackpool’s Me Vs Hero.
The five-piece are busy writing the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Days That Shape Our Lives. Expect big breakdowns, a glut of gang vocals and one hell of a record later this year.
Phillip Turner, Lead singer in Blackheart Afterglow
Of Calimocho Club he says: “Well worth going to see, – gutsy, sleazy blues duo from Manchester…bordering on evil!”
Idol Minds he reckons have a great platform already: “They are in with a chance of supporting McFly next year. I think they are 7th on the votes. They won a national competition in 2010 but can’t remember what…
Glyn Bailey of Glyn Bailey & The Many Splendid Things
Lancashire’s Folk Rock master believes that Blackpool starlet Rae Morris has exactly what is needed “to make it big in today’s music business.”
It seems he may be right as she has already wowed Leeds and Reading with amazing festival sets, just announced her first UK tour and has already gigged in America.
Danny Solazzo of The Dirty Hearts Club.
Danny picked The Vanity Project and described them as “A fresh take on the acoustic pop and folk scene.”
Beth White, The Vanity Project.
By some magical coincidence Beth White returned the favour and backed The Dirty Hearts Club to hit 2012 hard. She described their style as “Fast, furious indie punk!” and reckoned they are capable of putting on “brilliant live show with great songs.”
If you like the sound of that she recommends checking out their tune “Better of Me.”
Simon Monaghan, Lead Singer of Daystar
One of our tips Daystar have put fellow Indie Rockers The Rainband forward for inclusion on the list.
Explaining why their singer Simon said: “The Rainband as there is a lot of hype around them at the moment and they seem to be doing the right things.
Their music is better then the average Manchester band and with the drive and determination they have it could be a good 2012 for The Rainband.”
James Eyre of The Mannequins
In what could be described as outrageous arrogance or potentially just a bit of fun, James Eyre has backed his OWN band, The Mannequins to go big next year.
He reckoned that “The Mannequins will be massive next year as we have gigs in London, Sheffield, Preston and Manchester all getting lined up.”
He also said that “big things were on the way for 2012” and a “new 3 track EP was being made soon.”
So then an interesting selection and the nature of these things means it’s entirely possible we could be totally wrong but whatever happens these bands plus countless others are going to be producing belting stuff for us to enjoy, even if they don’t “make it big” as we predict.
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