There’s nothing more awesome than discovering new bands and that’s why, here at Broken Arrow, we want to treat you to a new one every week! As we hit 2018, we’ve taken a look back at some of the incredibly talented bands we’ve discovered this year. Meet Broken Arrow’s ‘Have You Heard?’ Class of 2017…
In their own words, “Get ready to skank, pogo, mosh, jig, polka and maybe even waltz” – The sound of Counting Coins is highly energetic, combining the aggression of skacore, with the fun vibes of gypsy punk like Gogol Bordello. All of this is fronted by a blend of hip-hop raps and reggae like vocals too.
Since forming in 2009, Counting Coins have steadily built up a reputation based on their raucously vibrant live shows, more times than not they steal the spotlight and get the crowds bouncing, whether it’s as a headline act or a support slot, they want everyone to have a good time and refuse to take no for an answer.
In the decade that Maryland-based rockers Lionize have been together, they’ve earned themselves quite the reputation for their explosive live shows and energetic rock n roll.
This year, the band released their forthcoming album ‘Nuclear Soul‘ in September via The End Records, as well as performing at Ramblin’ Man Fair and Bloodstock Open Air.
Kent-based melodic hardcore crew Raised By Raptors possess explosive breakdowns and groove-laden riffs, fused with crushingly infectious vocals.
Raised By Raptors formed in 2015 and quickly picked up favourable comparisons to the likes of While She Sleeps, Architects, Hundredth, and Pantera. The southern metalcorers consist of vocalist Joe Perry, Craig Hills and Alex Barnett handling the guitars, Sam Smith-Davies on bass, and Ben Wells hammering on the drums. To date, Raised By Raptors have toured throughout the country, sharing stages with everyone from Counterparts, Capsize, Senses Fail, The Contortionist and Trash Boat, to Continents.
Nine-piece ska outfit Just Say Nay started bubbling away in late 2015, thout it took them all the way until 2017 to finalise their lineup and sound enough to release their two EPs, ‘Shit Out Of Luck’ and ‘Logisitcal Nightmares’.
Given how many members there are in the band, there’s a whole lot of influences kicking about. They all love ska punk, especially bands like Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish, but each member brings something unique to the mix, whether it’s hip hop, grime, folk, metal, folk-metal, crack rock steady or dub.
Jumanji are a 6 piece indie pop band based in Brighton, UK taking influence from the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen, Fickle Friends, Sundara Karma and High Tyde! Having been described to “play it better than the game” their shows are certainly not to be missed!
This year, the band released singles ‘Shindig‘, ‘Prana‘, ‘Higher‘ and most recent track ‘Constellations‘ as well as playing shows throughout the UK.
Hailing from Sheffield, dynamic hard rock 4 piece outfit Steal The City are newcomers to the music scene, having only formed in 2014, but are purveyors of some of the sharpest hooked riffs and chorus lines this side of the Atlantic. Combining modern metal music with their gift of harmonious, progressive writing, the quartet confront politics and modern day pressures within their lyrics.
In the short time the band have been playing together, they’ve made appearances at festivals such as Womfest, Tramlines and Mapfest and have shared stages with Heavens Basement and Glamour Of The Kill.
Photo taken by JC Riot Photography
Oceans are an alternative rock post-hardcore band based in Brighton and London.
Not fitting in with any genre specifically, the five piece been described as a breath of fresh air for the alternative rock scenes local to them. With the whole band in their early twenties, these young lads have strived since forming in the last couple of years, building their fanbase in Brighton and Camden.
The band was formed by Conor Hyde and his housemates, though, following the departure of three members in the summer of 2015, Oceans reinvented themselves to fuse Alt-rock and post-hardcore to create their own unique twist.
Meet Blank Parody; a four piece alternative rock band hailing from Staffordshire and the West Midlands who have been writing and performing together since 2014, although their first year as a band was silent, with all the hard work happening behind the scenes.
After releasing their first track in 2016, with producer Jim Pinder (Fightstar, WSS), ‘Dark Pretenders’, the band gained attention from BBC Introducing WM, Made In Birmingham and NME. Following this their second and third singles ‘Locket Picture‘ and ‘Marching Through The Smoke‘ gained numerous views and streams and went on to be featured on and reviewed in Kerrang!, Scuzz, Amazing Radio, New Music Magazine and Punktastic. The band have also supported the likes of Electric Six!, Vukovi, Freeze The Atlantic and TheCityIsOurs.
North Wales’ angular rock crew Zebedy have graced the alternative music scene with their presence since 2008, originally as a live jamming trio, comprised of Jonny H-S (Guitar & Vocals), David H-S (Bass & Vocals), and Tom M-D (Drums & Vocals). Their early sound wove together a heady mix of instrumental prog infused rock which battered the senses. Fast forward to the present day and the band are now a quartet; adding vocals and guitar from Ben C into the mix. They’ve released a handful of albums and EPs and have shared stages with the likes of Psychostick, Soil, Closure In Moscow, COMA, Brutai, Voices from the Fuselage and Halo Tora. It’s safe to say Zebedy have come a long way since the beginning of the trio.
So what do they sound like? The band have previously been compared to Karnivool, Reuben and even Biffy Clyro.
Confronted are one of the most “full on” bands to come out of the south coast of the United Kingdom at the moment. The Worthing/Chichester crossover acts have been terrorizing local venues with their chaotic performances; frontman Ryan Hull would either climb the bar or get up in your grill and the guitarists would follow him into the crowd to get close and personal. There would be blood, broken floor toms and a combined audience reaction of amazement and fear. This is every Confronted show, topped off usually by a medley cover of Soulfly’s ‘Seek’n’Strike’ and Slipknot‘s ‘Blister Exists’