Doll&Bone are a company that has always been deeply immersed in the UK's alternative music world. From our founder Will Martin being a member of the West Midlands band Rise Of Athena - and his unwavering support of acts like wars (formerly of Spinefarm records, now with Wolf At Your Door records) or our general support of friends and contemporaries like November Plot who are busy making a big noise on the scene with their own brand of melodic post-hardcore.
Music has always been a big cornerstone in our philosophy as a company.
So it is we thought it might be great to share with you some bands who we think you should keep an eye on in 2019, and, who we are thinking we might reach out to work with in some capacity on collaborations this year.
First up - Lets look at our old buddies, wars.
Formed in 2015 wars exploded onto the scene from the ashes of Rugby hardcore stalwarts Lavondyss and former members of Eagles Born Vultures.
They quickly established themselves as one of the hottest properties in the UK rock scene - with glowing support from Rock Sound, Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and numerous other press publications, they also became mainstays on Radio One's rock-show with Daniel P Carter being a vocal cheerleader throughout the bands career.
With two EP's and an album to their name and several main rotation videos on Scuzz (R.I.P), Kerrang! and MTV - they were one of the breakthrough artists of the last five years.
Wars hail from Rugby, UK, are an incendiary live prospect and are presently busy at work on their second album, hot on the heels of their second EP - both to be released via Wolf AT Your Door Records who have a long history with the band in its present and former existences.
2019 is already showing it could be a huge year for the band.
Doll&Bone have enjoyed a long history with the band - and released the SCORN AND FIDELITY shirt in January in support of new single of the same name, and in line with the second EP's release.
If you haven't heard them yet, waste no more time and follow their links below.
Next up is the Stratford Upon Avon melodic post-hardcore heroes NOVEMBER PLOT.
Picking up with new impetus and energy after the dissolution of the UK underground legends JETPACK - November Plot are a dynamic, captivating and explosive live post-hardcore act from the sunny town of Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire.
Wearing their hearts of their sleeves and daring to deliver their music with a truly, fiercely independent attitude, they are one of the finest live acts presently doing the rounds in the UK>
Employing harmonic vocals in edgy, aggressive music - they share a style similar to Hundred Reasons, Alexisonfire and Thrice. Yet are entirely their own animal as well.
With years of experience as individuals and a group, the band are pushing the envelope in 2019 and are hard at work on their third EP.
Where they really come alive is in the live circuit, but their music videos have become brave statements of intent and proudly captures their amazing personality as well as their creative spirit. Doll&Bone are good friends and big fans - and cannot wait to see what they come out with next.
Warwickshire's LAST HOUNDS have been around for a relatively short time, but have already made a big impact in their lifetime.
With their blend of Hardcore, a touch of hip-hop sensibility and pure aggressive alternative rock they have carved a niche that allows them to stand out from the crowd on their own plateau - and elevates their live show into something truly awe-inspiring.
They are currently leading from the front within the West Midlands rock scene - garnering fans at every show, with every video release and every new single.
A LAST HOUNDS live show is a bombastic mix of violent moshing and almost orchestrated two-tone dancing, as they mesh genres and styles in an effortless blend of sound, that is truly and uniquely their own.
We adore them here at Doll&Bone - a classic example of doing the job right, they have the full package in image, music, visuals and attitude, and are only getting better and going from strength to strength with each new step.
Check out their social media pages, and make sure to watch all their videos - they truly are a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
Coventry's HIGH KNUCKS make music look easy... and it's slightly worrying, because watching them live is a truly exhausting - if amazing - experience...
When i say "EXHAUSTING EXPERIENCE" i mean this as a compliment.
They bound and bounce around the stage as though draining the life force of everyone in the room. They exist in a plain where the music provides them supernatural energy and effervescence and they never tire, slow down or show weakness.
A High Knucks show is like going twelve rounds with Tyson, where you get to lay a single punch that puts him on his knees, but still end up knocked out. You leave smiling, knowing you had the best time - but also bruised, battered and shattered - because the party does not stop from first song to last... and at the end, the band are a sweaty, dripping mess.... But look like they could go again and twice as hard.
Their sound is hard clash of classic punk, alternative rock and aggressive, but fun, lyrical invention. They share a stable in genre with bands like Pulled Apart By Horses, Idles, and Baddies - but are very much their own beast.
With brothers Tommy and Rev Taylor the beating heart of the band, they are a real proposition and will be making very big waves in 2019, you can mark our words.
We intend to do more of these blogs pointing out the best new acts out there and a second edition will be live soon - with four or five other bands we are presently listening too and think you should check out...
For now, we implore you to go and check out the bands above, download their music, follow their pages and support them any way you can...
Hey, tell them DOLL&BONE sent you.
Until next time.
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There are some real treats and beautifully quirky products hiding in plain sight.
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Etsy is a great site and really easy to use. No need to sign up, you can checkout as a guest. They accept cards and paypal - and our discount codes work at checkout as well!
While you are there, check out some other amazing little indie shops and get a gift to brighten up not only your day or the recipients day but the little shop-owner who spent time and effort to make a product. That money is going straight into their pockets and making their day - we can tell you that as fact!
Take it easy guys, have a great evening.
Shama & Andi.
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