Good to see Chvrches (I'm finally spelling it correctly) in amongst the BBC's picks for Sound Of 2013, off the back of last year's two offerings, the quite superb 'Lies' and the inevitably-not-quite-so-good-but-still-very-good-indeed 'The Mother We Share'. Still hard to believe that former members of Aereogramme and The Twilight Sad are responsible for such sleek, sinister synth-pop perfection. Here's their cover of Prince's 'I Would Die For U' for good measure.
back at previous years' Sound Of lists, they're generally quite
accurate - though of course arguably more a reflection of marketing
budgets and record label darlings than of genuine quality. 2003's list
is interesting, topped by 50 Cent and also featuring two bands that are
probably now worthy of being considered indie stalwarts, Yeah Yeah
Yeahs and Interpol. But less long-term success was forthcoming for
either The Datsuns (who I was surprised to discover are still going
strong - their debut was a decent record) or Audio Bullys, who are now
just a one-man band (the brother of a former colleague of mine) reduced
to peddling old material around the globe to anyone who'll listen.
while most listed acts have gone on to considerable fame and fortune,
others have suffered the embarrassment and indignity of sinking without
trace (and rightly so): The Bravery, The Twang, Kubb. And then there's
Black Kids, who featured in 2008's list and briefly won hearts with
charmingly chirpy Cure-meets-Los-Campesinos ditty 'I'm Not Going To
Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' but haven't been heard from
since disappearing to work on their second album back in 2009. The
previous May the Guardian's Rosie Swash asked if the band were in danger of falling victim to their own hype. The answer was clearly yes.