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Ones to Watch – Birmingham

11th April 2019

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Birmingham boasts a hive of new music across a wide range of genres – so much so that it can often be difficult to discover everything that’s on offer.

While the likes of Sugarthief, Ivory Wave and The Cosmics are already making steady progress – not only in Birmingham’s music scene but on tours and festivals across the country – there’s a new wave of musical talent in line to make a name for themselves.

To save you the job, we’ve been delving through as much new Birmingham music as humanly possible. Here’s who we think is likely to break through this year…


Quite possibly the newest of the lot, Supercaan have been getting some positive spins on Pete Steel’s Second City Sounds show on Brum Radio lately. Their latest effort, ‘The Bull’ boasts a brooding bassline and Editors-esque vocals, drawing you into the track that’s probably in homage to everyone’s favourite city centre meeting point.

Hunger Moon

Recently signed to Charlotte Carpenter’s Babywoman Records, Hunger Moon are a Digbeth duo with close ties to BIMM. Guitarist  and multi-instrumentalist James Attwood and vocalist Natalie Jenkins are students at the college, and with some decent support slots already notched up for 2019, it’s looking like this atmospheric pair are on the up.


This lot have been stepping up with their own headline shows and a support slots across the UK and it’s very easy to see why. Describing themselves as “monstrous drums, strangled guitars, and distorted poetry”, Y!KES’ latest single ‘Uncanny Valley’ is absolutely thunderous.

The Clause

This rabble of Brummie boys are doing it all on their own, and fair play to them too. They’re starting to sell out shows across the country without a label, management and radio play. If there was ever an advert for hard work paying off, this is it.

Table Scraps

Okay, so this lot are far from new but we reckon this is their year. The garage-scuzz trio, consisting of Scott Abbott, Poppy Twist and Tim Mobbs have already got two albums under their belt and performed SXSW in Austin, Texas this year. Get to one of their raucous hometown shows if you can – you won’t regret it.

Hannah Brown

Another regular on the Second City Sounds show on Brum Radio, Hannah Brown has recently been A-listed – which usually signals the start of good things ahead. ‘Further Away’ is feel-good pop, perfect for those warmer days starting to creep in.

The Novus

The Novus are mysterious and enticing in the same breath. This local quartet are a shining light in the city’s indie scene and have been on sold-out bills with fellow trendsetters Ivory Wave, Sugarthief and The Cosmics, so they must be doing something right. Listen for yourself – you’ll only be disappointed that you didn’t discover them sooner.

The Pagans S.O.H

You might recognise this lot from their explosive single with Paper Buoys last year, but The Pagans S.O.H more than hold their own, as recent local shows more than prove! Combining punk, rap and rock, this rowdy rabble sound a bit like Jamie T having a bust up with Roots Manuva – in a good way.


Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.