Best New Bands of 2013 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #11: Holy Milk
When I say ambient female led London bands you say what? Imogen Heap, Goldfrapp or this year’s yet again darling Bat for Lashes. That’s fine, none of those three bands shifted the universe with their music, but they made a name for themselves. Holy Milk isn’t your typical ambient artist looking to make a name for themselves with that one poppy track that will show up with an oozing iPhone 5C, they’re dark and eerie, potentially haunting my daydreams. I fall in love with voices, but not easily. Lucinda John-Durante is soothing and she’s a siren that could lure me to do very dangerous things. I’m looking forward to a big 2014 from Holy Milk. No one has ever punished us for rewarding potential.
Hometown: New Cross, England
Members: Lucinda John-Duarte
Joss Ifan Brightwell
Calum James Duncan
Sonic Soulmates™: Imogen Heap, Goldfrapp, Bat for Lashes (but better)
“Born and Die”
Hummingbird Award #11 - Suuns --- One of the best new bands of 2011
Best New Band of 2011
#11 Hummingbird Award – Suuns
Thank God, Arizona Turk is persistent. We buried his email about Suuns back in 2010 and it was this past February that we finally got our act together and posted. Wow. Really, just one big wow. They’re minimalist, they’re Canadian and they take a lot of inspiration from the likes of Clinic and Thievery Corp. We miss the Turk, where are you but we love Suuns.
Hometown – Montreal, Canada
Members – Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neill, Max Henry, Joseph Yarmush
Sonic Soulmates – MGMT, Clinic, The Besnard Lakes, The Kills, Thievery Corporation with some Beck vocals
Best New Bands of 2010 Hummingbird Award: #11 Karkwa
Wow Karkwa created a stir. The Canadian complexity of their sound is followed by a GIGANTIC fan following…oh and they won the Polaris Prize for 2010. We originally profiled the band before they won. American music fans have no idea how incredible music is outside of their borders. We’ve showcased bands from Sweden, Ireland, London, Tokyo, Colombia and of course Canada. But no one band created more buzz this year at New.Band.Day then Karkwa. Their big, complex Rock sound is so good. We love them here in Northern California and we hope the world finds out how great they are.
Band Members: Louis-Jean Cormier, François Lafontaine, Martin Lamontagne, Julien Sagot, Stéphane Bergeron
Hometown: Montreal, CN
Sonic Soulmates: The Arcade Fire, A little Radiohead a splash of Sigur Ros