Ahead of this weekend's Slam Dunk, we asked Henry Cox from Boston Manor to tell us all about his Top 5 rock-ish bands to check out this festival season. Take it away, Henry...
Not sure where they’re from; somewhere down south but they’re wicked. Moody riffs and super cool melodies. I managed to catch these guys on the introducing stage at Reading & Leeds last year, and I was blown away. If you’re headed to R&L this year, then make sure to catch them on the Festival Republic.
Making a quick stop on their way to world domination the Aussies will be playing Slam Dunk in May this year. Triple J favourites and selling venues out all over America and Australia, they’ve been making waves with their latest venture ‘The American Dream’. The record’s great and they have a mental live show to boot; don’t miss it.
Sold out venues all over the world, nominated for a BRIT Award; their album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ was my favourite (and many other people’s) of last year. This abrasiveness goes mainstream only once in a blue moon. This is a movement; don’t stay indoors. They’re playing a handful of festivals this year including All Points East and Isle OF Wight.
One of the Baltimore ‘Pop Wig’ projects. Perhaps somewhat lesser known than its sister bands Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice, but a personal favourite of mine. This is a really interesting project; it’s genre-bending, it’s fun, and it’s punk as hell. Their new album ‘Pretty Buff’ just came out on Roadrunner, and I love it. They’ll be playing this year's Slam Dunk, and I’m gonna be there watching them; you should too.
Immensely talented four-piece from London; huge hooks and something that treads a very measured line between rock, indie, pop and alternative. I saw these guys at R&L last year, they were ill and still put on a brilliant show; I’m gonna try to catch them this year on the Radio 1 Stage.
Taken from the Dork Festival Guide 2019. Boston Manor will play Slam Dunk (25th-26th May) and Reading & Leeds (23rd-25th August).