In their new issue, in a section called “Who’s Next,” SPIN list their eight bands to watch o’er ’08. There are surefire bets like Jay Reatard, who recently signed to Matador, and our Santogold, fresh off her Fader cover model turn. Then, the teenage Miami metal group Black Tide look pretty cool in their teenage pics, but any thoughts on their thrashy sound? Not bad. Not great. Atlanta rapper B.o.B’s up to some cool things … like his “Grip Ur Body,” featuring Amy Winehouse gripping more than her crack pipe, and his Beatles-y “Lonely People” (Check it out, Sir Paul. You can listen here.) Then come choices we have a hard time believing will actually strike a huge chord (even literally) in ’08, unless you’re looking for a boring year.
Actually, UK post-punker rockers the Wombats are fun enough. “Moving To New York”‘s opening guitar reminds us of “Freak Scene,” and that’s …. nice. And they have a song called “Let’s Dance To Joy Division.” We’re guessing they also like Arctic Monkeys. You think? To be fair, this next choice is practical: Since Amy Winehouse is wasting away, there’s UK singer lady Duffy, who does her retro thing and, like Amy, has a voice that doesn’t sounds like it’s coming out of that mouth.
Let’s hope she stays off the hard stuff. Rounding out the list, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s are … so and so. (Also, an interesting choice for one to watch in 2008 when they were so sick of the Arcade Fire bullshit in 2006.) Then we have the Ivy League rock of Harvard grads Chester French, which is funny when you ricochet it off the Ivy League rock of Columbia grads Vampire Weekend. But Chester sound more like Weezer-lite than lite-Graceland. That, and they’re not very good. They had a song on Entourage, though, and Pharrell signed them to Star Trak/Interscope. So, yeah, they’ll show us. Take a listen at their MySpace. One of them majored in African-American Studies. That’s not a joke. So, for ease of reading and risibility:
- Jay Reatard
- Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s
- Black Tide
- The Wombats
- Chester French
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