Inevitably, as another musical year dawns, we begin to move from the favourites that kept us company the previous 364 days and speculate at which bands might fuel our fire during the next 12 months.
Finishing off the set, I'm inclined to look back to 2008 for a band I hope will finally catch some attention in 2010, namely Dead Confederate of Athens, GA.
Strange as it may seem to travel well back to tout a band for the coming year, it does in fact mirror my actual experience with their music. Having caught Dead Confederate supporting Manchester Orchestra in late '08, I was blown away by the atmosphere and attitude with which they enveloped the room. Summoning all the demons of the grunge era and contorting them, via thick Southern grooves, into some resurrected alternative beast, the result was compelling. Unfortunately I failed to purchase any of their merch, found none forthcoming on subsequent searches at home, and the band slowly crept back off my radar.
MP3: Dead Confederate - Shadow The Walls (live)
Taken from the Dirty Ammo EP, available in various shapes and sizes here
Happily, a tour with A Place To Bury Strangers brought everything back into focus last autumn and catch up ensued. The debut record, Wrecking Ball, is out and showcasing some of those tunes that so impressed live. Furthermore, a new live EP has crept out over the holiday period, offering a prime opportunity to gain back the lost ground.
Dead Confederate took their feral alt-rock across Europe towards the end of last year and appear to have made a positive impression on that side of the water. Though the sound and style isn't du jour, there is an authenticity and passion to the music that should be much more important. With a powerful live show also swaying new fans to their corner, the band certainly have many of the qualities required to spread their music by good old word of mouth and reputation alone. Just don't make the same mistake as I did and sit on them for a year.