Clowdy’s A-Z of new artists in 2014: O is for…

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O in our A-Z of new artists features post-punk-surf-pop and other hyphenated genres from The Orielles, ramshackle folk from Ook and the Elephant and indie stylings from Ordinary Noise.

The Orielles

With a combined age of roughly 15, The Orielles seem well-designed to make hardened gig-goers extremely aware of their age. That’s not completely their fault, though, and this Halifax trio have more than enough ideas to ensure you’ll dimiss their relative youth within minutes of checking out their first few tracks.

Combining melodic vocals with a post-punk racket and a strong shot of adolescent vitriol, they’ve already started to pick up a reputation as a formidable live band while supporting the likes of Manchester’s PINS. With plans for a host more gigs in 2014, The Orielles look set for a bright future.

Ordinary Noise

Up-and-coming Colchester band Ordinary Noise haven’t been going for very long but have already managed to score a thumbs-up from John Cooper Clarke, which is good going. Musically, they’re a sharp, angular indie band that recall the glory days of 00s bands like Maximo Park and more obscure acts from a similar period (Good Shoes, anyone?)

Recent single Backstabber is a perfect encapsulation of their sound and will hopefully pick up plenty of listens. As the name suggests, they seem like ordinary lads who are thinking big, always an exciting prospect.

Ook and the Elephant

Ook and the Elephant are about 30 bands in one, at least on the evidence of their debut EP Find Yourself Gone (which also features some stunning artwork from Sky High Octopi). They can lull you into a false sense of security – sweet female vocals, ramshackle folky charm – before leaping into a ferocious, Pogues-esque racket.

On tracks like Take Off All Your Clothes, they even produce something akin to the ethereal folk of Daughter et al that is currently having a moment in the UK music scene. With no shortage of talent or tunes, it’ll be interesting to hear what direction the wonderfully-named Bolton band decide to go in.

Fearghus Roulston

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