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They might not have exploded just yet but lo-fi rockers Team Picture look like a name to keep an eye on next year. You don’t want to miss them and get laughed at by all the painfully cool kids in the playground now, do you?

The self-described ‘group of polite individuals who live in Leeds’ might have only released three tracks so far, with this month’s Potpourri Headache following up September’s two-and-a-bit-minute belter CLASSIC:M and June’s six-minute throbber Birthday Blues, but there’s a bit of a buzz around them.

They can’t be accused of picking a formula and churning out identikit songs: newly-released Potpourri Headache is a fuzzily dreamy offering, darkly oozing and shimmering its way along, whilst Birthday Blues feels a bit like being stuck on a roadtrip in a psychedelic car and CLASSIC:M manages to be both blissfully disarming and slightly unnerving, often at the same time.

Giddy blog reviews have picked out a smorgasbord of snippets and sparklings of various influences ranging from the Beach Boys to Thee Oh Sees via Joy Division, but Team Picture are weaving lots of threads together with a sprinkling of their own magic dust to create something exciting.

On Birthday Blues they sing that ‘ain’t nobody wanna be friends with me’. We reckon that there’ll be a fair few people who will want to be friends with them in 2017.

Words by Tom Worley and Tipped by Rob Duffy from The Indie Curator and Rob Platts

TEAM PICTURE were originally featured on October 5th with words by Steven Farkas

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