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LIVE 105’s Top 5 Favorite New UK Bands

By Aaron Axelsen, Music Director

For all my fellow Bay Area Anglophiles — A.K.A those who dig British music — here are 5 new UK bands that we’re crazy about at the moment and perhaps you’ll like as well.


1. Racing Glaciers

UK 5-piece upstarts Racing Glaciers have been percolating within the British music scene for a few years now, but are finally poised for bigger things here in 2014 with the release of the highly-anticipated new EP Don’t Wait For Me, which is anchored by the soaring and anthemic Britrock gem ‘First Light.’


2. Glass Animals
Oxford, England is home to such notable British bands as Radiohead and Foals and is also the hometown for one of Britain’s most exciting new acts Glass Animals! Having already been showered with an ocean of critical-acclaim by pretty much every reputable music blog on the planet — Pitchfork, Stereo Gum, Earmilk, etc — and an upcoming SF show at Rickshaw Stop on July 1 which sold out 2 months ago in under an hour, Glass Animals incorporate a sophisticated and avant-garde mix of electronic, warped beats and soulful indie rock into their debut album ‘Zaba’- ala Alt-J, Animal Collective and James Blake.


3. Coasts
Hailing from the English town of Bristol, a Southern UK city most associated with legendary trip hop acts like Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead, comes this emerging new guitar based 5-piece Coasts, who inimitably incorporate tribal drums, tropical sounds and infectious dance punk rhythms into their own blend of Britpop. If you have an infinity for bands like St. Lucia and Foals then I really feel you’re gonna dig Coasts.


4. Thumpers
From the same storied independent label that first brought you bands like Nirvana, Postal Service, The Shins and countless others — Seattle’s iconic Sub Pop Records — comes this new London duo Thumpers. Returning to SF this summer to play popscene on 8/14, Thumpers music is energetically fun, ubiquitous with indie club summer dance parties and cut from the same cloth as Passion Pit, Friendly Fires and Chvrches.


5. Clean Bandit

I first debuted Clean Bandit’s music on Subsonic back in early 2013 after discovering the absolutely fantastic tune ‘Dust Clears’ on a blog and I’ve been a huge fan of this Cambridge electronic collective ever since! Now, following the successful of such fellow UK dance acts like Disclosure and Sam Smith, look for Clean Bandit to have a massive breakthrough here in the states this summer (and a Fillmore show to be announced very soon, too!) The eclectic British 4-piece, who create interesting and complex dance music while simultaneously offering up big room and dancefloor-friendly club anthems, just released their debut album ‘New Eyes’ a few weeks ago.

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