Welcome to the day five of Even The Stars' tips for 2015. They're not necessarily artists that we think will make a big breakthrough (except our Top Three which we'll reveal on New Year's Eve), but bands and solo artists that haven't released their debut album we're looking forward to hearing and see more of next year.
Today's bands are Purple Heart Parade, Literature Thieves, Ryn Weaver, Prelow, Ryan Jarvis, The Reveurs, Saint Agnes, Altar Flowers and Seegulls.
PURPLE HEART PARADE
With a line-up change in mid-2014 slowing down their ascent temporarily, Purple Heart Parade are set to become the darlings of the psyche movement in 2015. With the ever unpredictable frontman Pete Cowap II at the helm, their live shows are gaining rave reviews and they've recently released their 7" debut Painting Pictures and a cassette single Drifter, although those shows have proved they have much more in their locker for 2015.
Purple Heart Parade's website can be found here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
2014 was a relatively quiet year publicly for Literature Thieves, the trio being one of Manchester's secret folk gems, although they did spend much of the summer recording their debut album and they did appear on Emmerdale covering Iggy Pop. We're hoping the album sees the light of day in 2015.
Literature Thieves can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Ryn Weaver's debut EP Promises has been a huge hit on Soundcloud with lead track OctaHate having over 2.6 million plays in four months since its release. The song was co-written by Charli XCX and produced by Passion Pit so her connections mean that there's some serious support behind her and, if the other songs she has in her tank are as good as the EP, we're expecting Lana Del Rey style hysteria about her in 2015.
Ryn Weaver is on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.
Prelow are a two-piece based in New York featuring vocalist Jesse Aicher and producer Matt Walsh, who creates a synth sound reminiscent of Photo Album era Death Cab For Cutie on Mistakes Like This. The track has had over a million Soundcloud listens and their debut EP is due for release in January.
Prelow are on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.
Only formed in late 2013, four-piece The Reveurs recently released their single Control, the follow-up to their debut EP and a massive step forward for them sonically. We've seen them live a few times late in 2014 and they've got a set of similarly strident anthems that make them look set for bigger stages in 2015.
The Reveurs' official website can be found here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
Manchester singer-songwriter Ryan Jarvis has been on our radar for a couple of years now, but hasn't followed up his excellent 2013 Outside This Town debut EP. He's written a stack of new songs and has spent 2014 putting together a band to record them with as well as playing solo shows. We're intrigued to hear how a band will expand those songs and take him to a wider audience.
Ryan’s official site can be found here. He is also on Facebook and Twitter.
Saint Agnes are a collaboration between Jon Tufnell of Lost Souls Club and Kitty from Lola Colt. They released an EP in 2013 called The Good Fight and singles in 2014 called Old Bone Rattle and A Beautiful Day For Murder and played some incendiary live shows. We witnessed their Manchester show which we described as "big, brash, bold and dirty in your face songs that hint at so many things without sounding derivative, a boy/girl interaction at the head of the band that's intriguing and the ability to captivate an audience with their stage presence."
Saint Agnes' website can be found here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
Altar Flowers is the new incarnation of LVLS, one of our live favourites of 2014. Now reduced to a four-piece, they've been in the studio recording new material with single Hoker coming out on January 5th. We love the fact they have no pretence to be cool, but produce a sound that's direct and makes them one of the best live bands on the circuit around Manchester.
Altar Flowers are on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.
We've added these at the last minute as we found them via a retweet advertising their first demo which is only a fortnight old. They're a Chester-based five-piece featuring James Kitchen on lead vocals and guitar, Cash Burns on lead vocals and lead guitar, Matty Gretsch on lead guitar and backing vocals, Ellis Lincoln on bass and backing vocals and Josh Goodyear on drums.
Seegulls are on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.
Day One's bands were Cavalry, Embers, Larkins, My Igloo, The Sundowners, We Are Willow, The Telepathic Evils and Laura Doggett - read about them here.
Day Two's bands were Bipolar Sunshine, Déjà Vega, Our Fold, Kelly Lee Owens, The Northstand, The Anchoress, Mega Emotion and Brahma-Loka - read about them here.
Day Three's bands were Jordan Allen, LIINES, The Lottery Winners, The Shambles, Wall Market Racketeers, Gengahr, Mary Joanna and No Hot Ashes - read about them here.
Day Four's bands were Chadelics, Trampolene, Puppet Rebellion, Sophia Ben-Yousef, Gramotones, Hartheim, Queen Kwong and Spectres - read about them here.