The best new bands: DIY Presents: Hello 2015, featuring Girl Band, Bloody Knees and loads more

DIY and Neu’s essential, free new music showcases return for another year at London’s The Old Blue Last.

Every January, London’s The Old Blue Last opens its doors to chilly post-Christmas punters, spent on seasonal feasts but hungry for more new music.

DIY’s ‘Hello’ showcases have previously witnessed Superfood’s debut London show, one of Wolf Alice’s first ever gigs, and early sights of JAWS and Honeyblood.

We’re excited to announce the initial bill for ‘Hello 2015’, headed up by Irish terrors Girl Band.

Four shows take place next January, with four bands billed per gig. Each show is free entry with 18+ admission.

Alongside Girl Band, Brighton bands Demob Happy and The Magic Gang are set to see in the new year. There’s also Middlesbrough bedroom kid Corey Bowen, the forward-thinking pop of both Chloe Black and Oscar, plus the relentless charge of Bloody Knees and Prom.

Further acts are set to be announced in forthcoming weeks.

See below for the ‘Hello 2015’ bills and a guide to the bands appearing.

Full details:

JANUARY 2015
06 The Magic Gang, Corey Bowen
13 Bloody Knees, Prom
20 Oscar, Chloe Black
27 Girl Band, Demob Happy

6th January: The Magic Gang and Corey Bowen

Brighton’s The Magic Gang have spiralled in the past twelve months. Following on from the ‘She Won’t Ghost’/‘Shallow’ single, various projects have stranded off from the band’s seaside house-turned-studio onwards. 2015 is the year where everything links together for these DIY favourites, regardless of the countless acts they’re putting their name to.

Corey Bowen is a Middlesbrough-based bedroom artist who recently picked up a likely but unexpected fan in Christopher Owens. His disjointed but ultra-inventive, hazy output met its match on a recent run of UK shows support Owens this month. File next to Mac DeMarco in being a creative on the loose, capable of turning in any direction.

13th January: Bloody Knees, Prom

Hot on the heels of dates with Public Access TV and Circa Waves, Bloody Knees’ attention is firmly set on a 2015 to remember. A debut album is tabled for late in the year, swiftly moving on from the riotous thrills of this year’s ‘Stitches’ EP.

Sleazy, grunge-inspired rock with a fully-charged lack of restraint, PROM are one track to the good, but already the fizzing four-piece have shown enough promise to set an entire venue to waste. Led by Ed Kirwan and Angela Won-Yin Mak, the group bring a noir-ish charm, Savages comparisons to match.

20th January: Oscar, Chloe Black

Oscar’s sweet baritone pop keeps getting better. He’s been plugging out bedroom-based kicks for the past couple of years, but now attention’s finally swarming his way thanks to melodically sharp, blissfully earnest cuts like ‘Sometimes’. Oscar Sheller’s a perfectly-trained vocalist, so the story goes, but he prefers to go down the smart, off-kilter route.

Extracted from the Hollywood hills and a hundred red carpets torn up, Chloe Black’s honest-to-the-bone pop takes some topping. Debut single ’27 Club’ is a chiming, hard-as-nails introduction.

27th January: Girl Band, Demob Happy

Last time Girl Band played the OBL, 2014 witnessed one of its most unforgettable gigs. But that’s how things work for this Irish group. Every show lives long in the memory, a chugged, chaotic but perfectly controller charge that’s up to its knees in calculation. Every fit of energy comes from perfect planning, leading to one of the most brilliantly-detailed and smartly executed shows around. We’re delighted to bring them back for Hello 2015.

Demob Happy’s run of form has been a wonder to witness. Recent single ‘Succubus’ sees them forging their own distinct, deadly path, after a run of early songs picked up comparisons to Royal Blood, Queens of the Stone Age and anyone else capable of blending harsh thuds with an eye for a massive tune. 2015 belongs to Demob Happy.

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