Five Acts You Can’t Miss: Sound City 2016

We’re a chatty bunch here at Sounds From Nowhere when we get started, we sat down today and decided to start a new series just for you folks titled Five Acts You Can’t Miss, which is pretty much what it says on the tin, we’ll pick a upcoming festival and we’ll specially select five of the usually hundreds of acts that you can’t miss. It’s pretty simple.

5. She Drew The Gun

Yeah that’s correct, the currently on-FIRE Merseyside dreamy act She Drew The Gun (fronted by Louisa Roach) are a band you should actually go out of your way to see. As previously mentioned, they’re on fire and burning quickly through the music scene, now on a long and winding tour, just released a fantastic album, Memories of the Future which we reviewed and will actually be playing the Glastonbury main Pyramid Stage shortly after, so they’re busy and if you want to know why, it’s because they’re actually great. They’re not like “why are you doing well, you suck”, they’re ACTUALLY good.

She Drew The Gun will play The Tall Ship, in partnership with Captain Morgan.

4. XamVolo


Jazzy Neo-Soul artist Xam Volo will be one to watch this year, already releasing his EP The Closing Scene to the world in February and now popping up on lots of LIMF and other events, he’s certainly making the rounds. We’re sure Xam will be bringing his A-game to Sound City.

XamVolo will play The North Stage at Sound City.

3. The Dandy Warhols

Okay, this wasn’t going to go unsaid. The Dandys are a band with a very strong past, they’ve done it all (well, all they could) and still release music, in-fact they’ve just released their tenth album Distortland, and it was pretty darn good.

The Dandys grew up as a band attempting to find their own sound by mashing their garage sound with the rising BritPop sound and some neo-psychedelia which actually paid off when they signed with Capitol in ’97 and released their second effort as a band. They stayed their for ten years, while they opened The Odditorium, covered The Velvet Underground with their new BFF David Bowie and had one heck’ of a (love) feud with Brian Jonestown Massacre (see Dig!) but they never stopped playing the music. They’ll be playing their first Liverpool gig since 2008, and actually their seventh Liverpool appearance overall.

The Dandy Warhols will play the Main Stage at Sound City.

2. Catfish and The Bottlemen

This one was going to be down here wasn’t it? and why wouldn’t it? Catfish and The Bottlemen have been on a roll since releasing their début album at the end of 2014, non-stop touring and appearances all over the place have given them a strong name in the UK scene, they’ve also got the knack for being into live gigs and they’re pretty good at it too.

The band has been dropping tracks as of late, “Soundcheck” popped up and was immediately loved by fans and critics alike and now they’ve just released the second single of the new album, “7”. The band seems to be doing nothing wrong, which is a good game to play. They’re second album, The Ride, will be out the day before their headline slot at Sound City. How great is that, you can blast the album for 36 hours before seeing them take stage and give you their all.

Catfish and The Bottlemen will play the Main Stage.

  1. The Coral

Merseyside Indie Rock greats, The Coral will be headlining the final night of this year’s Sound City and if their recent album, television appearances and so-on suggest, they will be the best band of the weekend. Their return album Distance Inbetween was a strong contender for album of the year, taking everything they’ve learned over the years and the energy saved from a break and threw it into a single piece of work that could define the band in years to come.

The Coral‘s former guitar player of 12 years, the incredibly talented Bill Ryder Jones will be preforming the same night on the very same stage, so whether that will have an impact on the band, whether they push to be the best of that stage, we’ll just have to find out. We could imagine that the following day, they’re will be those people comparing both Jones‘ and Coral‘s performances, although in the end of the day, it really doesn’t fucking matter. We’re sure both will have killer performances, but The Coral has been singled out here.

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