Finding new music that I connect with is not only beyond satisfying but sadly also rare.

Like most of us I tend to go back to the same bands and songs because they remind of a certain time, feeling or inspire me in my own song writing and even give comfort like a favourite teddy.

My favourite bands and songs have really pushed me musically and with the amount of ‘content’ there is out there it can be hard to find something new. I am very happy when one of my faves brings out new music because I can usually find something amazing (even if it is rubbish).

I want to introduce you to three artists/bands I have discovered this year that not only felt like a breath of fresh air but have made me consider music differently in different ways.

Here are Tom’s 2018 discoveries.

The Spine-Tingling Tom Speight

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Tom's 2018 Discoveries
Tom Speight

This gentleman not only has an excellent name (mine’s better) but an excellent ear for a chilled and relaxed vibe.

More on the Acoustic side of things, Speight is usually accompanied by Lydia Clowes who provides BVs, bass and keyboardy things – it really did feel like quality when listening to his EP collection which I bought on vinyl (personally signed too!)

Mark and I saw Feeder last March and Tom supported them. What a great way to find great new music by going to see a favourite.

Song Recommendations: Waiting, Willow Tree & Little Love

Tom Speight’s Website

The Exciting The Excerts

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Tom's 2018 Discoveries
The Xcerts

What a great energetic three piece! Once again Mark and I went to see another one of our favourites: the Goo Goo Dolls and found these lads supporting them.

They’re only young but they’ve been around for a while and it was the energy that really grabbed me. Easily their latest release ‘album name’ is what really grabbed me. A bit pop-punk like but with a positive message and such power in their performance. I still need to further my exploration of them but really loved it!

Song recommendations: Feels like Falling in Love, the Dark & Daydream

The Xcerts’ Website

The Sensational Steam Powered Giraffe

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Tom's 2018 Discoveries
Steam Powered Giraffe

My personal favourite discovery this year is a bit niche: three people dressed as steampunk robots singing songs about their robotic lives (they were built to attack elephants on the back of a giant robotic giraffe).

Anyway… it’s a great act: they’ve been going for a while and it’s just stunning. Their performances are hilarious, the songs are fun and FAR TOO CATCHY – around 5 albums in they’re just too good to be the size they are (they should be huge).

This band made me see music so differently – they reminded me that music can be fun. They vary their style a LOT but it’s the harmonies that really grabbed me – something we’ll be hopefully injecting into Alpha Tide in the future. In fact, I am SO much about this band that I think everyone around me has heard about them!

Song recommendations: (Me and My Baby)Saturday Night, Brass Goggles & Honeybee

Steam Powered Giraffe’s Website

These bands have impacted me this year – usually I don’t pay much attention to more recent bands: although these three have been grafting away for a while and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.

What bands have you discovered and what kind of an impact have they had on you?

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