Tips for 2012

Posted on January 8, 2012


It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s time for me to put the kiss of death on some bands and name them as my Tips for 2012.

Some of the bands will be better known than others, but my only real criteria for selection was expecting these artists to make a big step up and have a really successful year. What constitutes a successful year is fairly open to interpretation, but I’d imagine we’ll see a lot of great things happening with these bands in the next 12 months.

Here’s the ten bands I’ve chosen as my Tips for 2012:

Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas really stepped up with the release of By The Fire/Golden at the end of the year, and signalled that they were ready for a massive impact in 2012. This is an extremely young band, but the music belies their years, and the sky’s the limit as to what they can achieve.

Photo by Struan Teague

Brown Bear and the Bandits

The juxtaposition of frontman Matt Hickman’s gruff tones and a catchy folk-pop backdrop make Brown Bear and the Bandits a distinctive and exciting prospect. Every track I’ve heard from this band has been a gem, and they’re only just getting started. I’m highly anticipating the upcoming Truth or Dare EP.

Photo by David McGarvey


Securing a spot on the T Break stage this year brought Discopolis to everyone’s attention, but it was only a matter of time with the blissful concoction of house and electro-indie they produce.

I’m expecting to see these guys on some very big stages very soon.

Photo by Caitlin Delves

Friends In America

Friends In America produce a melting pot of heartfelt melodies and lyrics, with an array of indie and post rock, that is utterly engaging.

Not much has appeared online yet, but anyone who has caught them live will attest this is a band to be excited about. Their debut album (proposed for 2012) should be something special.

Forest Fires

Featuring former/current members of Cameo Colours and The Aftermath, this Edinburgh based four-piece is still in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped them posting a host of banging alt-rock tracks online.

I don’t know too much about this band but there’s definitely something here, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing what they do this year.

Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy had a great 2011, supporting the likes of Ben Howard and Ocean Colour Scene, and being played on Radio 1.

The Paisley singer-songwriter has just released his debut EP, and is already one of our finest solo performers.

Scarlet Shift

Scarlet Shift don’t think small when writing tunes, and their debut EP was littered with stadium-size pop-rock spectacles.

This band has the potential to appeal to the masses, and the upcoming debut album should see them doing so.

So Many Animal Calls

The trio became a quartet in 2011 and as their numbers expanded so did their impressive repetoire. The Eulogy EP caught all the energy and personality of  So Many Animal Calls and that’s a lot to contain.

I’ve been a big fan of this band for a while and now seems like the perfect time for them to make a breakthrough.

The King Hats

2011 was quite a quiet one for The King Hats, with the Glasgow four-piece keeping a low profile while they worked on new material.

The band’s jagged indie assaults were sorely missed and I’m expecting them to fill their own void with style, starting with the release of the First Light EP on January 9th.


Vukovi are wasting no time in following on from a successful 2011, with a sold out King Tut’s show next week, and a fantastic 2nd EP on the way.

There are few bands that can match the edge and full on bluster of Vukovi – 2012 should be a big one for them.

Photo by Vukovi

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