Berkshire bands to watch in 2012

Dry The River
Image caption Dry The River release debut album Shallow Bed on 5 March 2012

Gig promoters in Reading have named Berkshire artists as ones to watch nationally in 2012.

Dry The River from Newbury were long-listed on the BBC's Sound of 2012 and are a band that Dave Maul from Monkeysuit promotions has been supporting for a long time.

"Even in the early days when they were a different band with different members their talent became obvious with their ability to make a crowd fall silent and listen," he said.

"Dry the River are going to have a strong 2012 because of their live show and strong folk rock inspired songs."

He also foresees a good year for Parlophone-signed Sarah McIntosh, aka The Good Natured, also from Newbury.

Image caption Tripwires are being hailed as ones to watch by gig promoter Sid Siddle

She played a debut gig for Monkeysuit back in 2008.

"Since then she's crafted her pop sound whilst working with Swedish producer Patrick Berger," Mr Maul said.

"Sarah and her band will be making their debut on US TV this year".

Club Velocity promoter Sid Siddle also thinks The Good Natured will be making a big dent on the music scene this year.

"There seems to a good industry buzz about them," he said.

"Their debut album will be out in 2012 on EMI and they tour the USA in January."


Mr Siddle is expecting Reading's Tripwires to make their mark this year.

"It looks like they will finally release their debut album on a good solid American independent in 2012," he said.

"I am hoping that their debut offering is a great slice of Thames Valley Indie Pop."

His other top tips for 2012 include Shoot For The King, Jamal Holt, Watership, 13D, Kill The Joker, The Dianas, The Jettes, Jamie Crawford, Kinky Boot Beasts, Bear Jones and Dylan-Louise.

Tim Hooper, who puts on BBC Introducing Berkshire nights at the Oakford Social Club in Reading predicts a brilliant year for "Berkshire super group" Mancub.

"I only heard one track but I can't stop listening to it," he said.

"It's brilliant."

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