This week we continue our latest feature on the Tipping Point, spotlighting the biggest and best emerging acts from across the UK. Each Monday, we ask one of our esteemed tippers to select five of their hottest tips to be featured on the site throughout the week.
Today we introduce Jamie Otsa, Director of Wall of Sound PR, a socially-conscious boutique music PR and digital marketing agency based in the UK. Over the past decade he has also overseen and assisted with early-stage artist development for many artists, several of whom have gone on to sign deals with major labels including Roadrunner Records (Warner), Spinefarm Records (Universal), Music For Nations (Sony), eOne Music, and Good Soldier Records, as well as product managing a host of independent releases for the Wall of Sound PR roster.
PAVE THE JUNGLE
Blending shades of US indie with a post-punk urgency and the unchecked power of heavy alternative rock, Newcastle quartet Pave The Jungle were formed by songwriter Rachael Whittle after the dissolution of her previous outfit. Following mentorship sessions from Mercury Prize-nominee Nadine Shah and her co-writer/producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur, Smashing Pumpkins), the band have played with the likes of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of The Dead, and we’ve had a flurry of excitement around the announcement of their finely-crafted debut EP The Hissing, which is set for release on 9th October 2020 via Cow House.
THE LONG FACES
As someone who loves The Smiths but is utterly dismayed by the man known as Morrissey, I was overjoyed to find this incredible young progressive alt-rock band nestled in a quiet corner of the internet, whose vocal and vibe carries the Mancunians’ torch in extremely interesting and innovative new directions. Nobody really knows much about them yet, but they’ve racked up 2.5 million streams on Spotify and had a Top 20 hit in El Salvador on the down low. Their debut EP, Documentaries, is out now!
We’re really excited to be working with Lucy on her new album Last of The Sun which dropped last month via OK Pal Records. She’s got an amazing hazy summer sound that’s full of wanderlust and wistful melancholy (best described so far elsewhere as celestial-folk), and she’s also a super creative art school graduate who’s full of great ideas for artwork, videos and other content. There’s a lot of soul searching and introspection on the record, which is a beautiful examination of identity and belonging.
Urgent, confrontational, erratic, blistering, frenetic—all words used to describe these Brighton electro-punk newcomers with a fiercely feminist political agenda, and a truckload of abrasive rock songs to boot. Ably front by Annie Dorrett, their live show truly excels, and marks them out as a very special prospect to keep an eye on. Their debut album Without The Eyes is out now via Small Pond Records. Oh, it’s pronounced Clit Drip by the way.
This lot met in 2012 through a love of the UK DIY scene and their time split between previous outfits, including Maths, Ducking Punches and Manbearpig. Influenced by the indie rock cynicism of Archers of Loaf and Arab Strap, to the discord and energy of bands like Hot Snakes and Unwound, they deal in a confident, unique brand of scathing storytelling and abrasive punk. Forthcoming debut album Big Twenty (out now via Venn Records) is 14 songs of caustic post-hardcore exploring the unpleasant places people go to—and the nastiness they are capable of—in search of identity, community and belonging.