Spring is fast approaching, and with a new season comes new kick-ass music discoveries! Say hello to warmer temps and a chance to refresh your Spotify mix with fresh sounds. If you haven't gotten the premium version of Spotify yet, I HIGHLY suggest it! It gives you the ability to listen to basically any song anywhere, even disconnected from WiFi, which I love since I'm constantly running from work to home to my next errand. Keep reading for five British bands you need to be streaming on Spotify, complete with song recommendations for each!
1.) Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen first grabbed my attention simply by the odd-sounding name. This British alternative rock band is confident, full of life, and knows how to make songs that you can really rock to. Their second album The Ride, from start to finish, will leave you wanting a little bit more, as they sing, " Maybe I don't act the way I used to 'cause I don't feel the same about you In fact, that's a lie, I want you." The clever hooks grab hold of you and make you wonder what's coming next–all good things! Their newest album The Balance will be released on April 26.
Recommended songs: "Hourglass", "Soundcheck", "Oxygen", "Emily"
(photo: RHODES Facebook page)
David Rhodes–stylized as RHODES–is slow and soulful, crating melodies that make you wonder where he's been all this time. His debut album Wishes takes listeners on a journey that's full of wanderlust and the yearning to be somewhere you've never been; it's taking the road less traveled and all that comes with it, good and bad. His collaboration with Birdy on "Let it All Go" is a song I never knew I needed until I played it 10 times in a row. It's that good! While some may criticize him for being simply "too" brooding, I think it's a breath of fresh air in an industry where we don't see much soft emotion from men. I am 100% here for it.
Recommended songs: "Turning Back Around", "Let It All Go", "Glow"
3.) The Wombats
(photo: Wombats Facebook page)
This band is just plain FUN! For me, it brings back memories of late-night hangouts with friends, not having a care in the world, and it's the perfect music to pre-game with. If you've never listened to them before, start at the very beginning so you can get a feel for what these "Brit dance rockers" are made of. A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation is whimsical and splashy, and you can tell right off the bat they don't take themselves too seriously. "Let's Dance to Joy Division" is frothy and, come on now, just plain addictive! It's the perfect album to stan as warmer temps start to creep their way in.
Recommended songs: "Lost in the Post", "Tokyo - Vampires & Wolves", "Greek Tragedy"
(photo: @bastille on Instagram)
I know "Happier" and "Pompeii" always come to mind when thinking of this band but there's so much more to them, I promise! Their discography is impressive and pretty much accessible to everyone. The 2016 album Wild World is chock full of 19 songs–yes, 19!–each with its own personality and sound. Dan Smith's pipes are OUT of this world and I promise it'll cater to your every mood. Bastille's stage presence is rumored to be unbelievable, too. I've heard from a friend who's seen live performances that they pull out ALL of the stops for their fans. They're known for fitting an astronomical amount of songs into one disc, but does it work for or against them? You decide.
Recommended songs: "These Streets", "Haunt - Demo", "Blame"
5.) Frank Turner
Ah, yes, Frank's collection of punk turned folk alt-rock (honestly he touches on so many different genres, I'm not totally sure how to sum him up). Different albums will transport you to different universes–England Keep My Bones is inexplicable patriotism towards his home country of England, with sincere confessions spilling out of every corner; Tape Deck Heart sees him ripping his own heart out and putting his dark past and everything else on the line; Love Ire & Song is cheeky and political, putting England at the heart, as well as all the things he wished he'd done years ago but never did.
Recommended songs: "I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous", "Wessex Boy", "Jet Lag", "Love Ire & Song"
Have any bands you'd like to share with us? Tell us in the comments!