BANDS TO WATCH IN 2020!

We’re always looking out for the most talented up-and-coming bands to listen to, so we’ve picked out a host of new bands in rock, punk, metal, emo, hardcore, and more for a definitive list of who to keep your eye on throughout 2020.

With hundreds of shows and new music releases planned, it’s already looking like a huge year for the new wave of bands, and we here at DEAD PRESS! are confident that 2020 has the potential to rival 2019.

We’ve highlighted a whole bunch of new bands, like Vexed and Exploring Birdsong, as just some of the artists who we reckon will have a 2020 to remember, so take a read below and see if you find your new favourite band.


ALL EARS AVOW

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Formed in 2013, All Ears Avow have put in some serious time within the UK rock scene touring up and down the country and appearing on the bill of many of the small and up-and-coming festivals.

All that work is beginning to pay off for them as they embark on their next phase signed to Imperial Music, beginning in November of this year with the release of their new single, ‘Pressure’, and then continuing into 2020 with a seven date headline tour across the UK with no doubt more music to come. [TP]

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BAD DAUGHTER

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After VersaEmerge (who were briefly known simply as VERSA) dissolved back in 2015, vocalist Sierra Kay went on somewhat of a spiritual journey across North America, finding herself and also briefly fronting shoegaze outfit Neaux before their eventual demise.

On her journey, Kay eventually wound up in a recording studio in Nashville to finally lay down and record the songs she’d been writing on her travels and living out of her van, under the moniker Bad Daughter. For now there’s just the debut single, ‘I’m Too Much’, but with more material already waiting in the vault, you can expect to hear plenty more in 2020. [ZR]

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COLD YEARS

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To say that the Aberdeen based punks Cold Years have been busy since their formation would be the understatement of the century. In the short amount of time that they’ve been a band, they’ve already put out three EPs, and finished off 2019 with their biggest single yet, ’62 (My Generation’s Falling Apart)’, which peaked at #5 on the Kerrang! Rock Chart.

Going into 2020, the band will be releasing their debut album in the first half of the year, and touring extensively to support it. Frontman Ross Gordon said that it’s “is finally done. [We’re] honestly more proud of it than anything we’ve done and can’t wait for people to hear it.” [AJ]

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CREATURE

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Birmingham’s Creature came roaring out of the traps this year, with their ‘Hex’ and ‘Hound’ EPs earning rave reviews across the board. With their assault being as inventive as it is aggressive, Creature are seemingly ready-made to scratch your itches. ‘Hex’ was a skull-crushing first offering, but with ‘Hound’, they frankly had no right to set the bar so high.

Offering sprinkles of everything great about hardcore, punk, and metal, Creature are essential listening if you like your music savage. With a third EP in the works which should arrive in Spring, expect them to be pulling teeth from the bite of a much larger beast in the not too distant future. [CZ]

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CUTTING TEETH

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Leeds hardcore quartet Cutting Teeth have been proving themselves to be one of the most exciting live bands in the UK over the last couple years, most recently sharing the stage with Black Tongue. Their new EP ‘Fracture/Decompose’ compliments their energetic and destructive live show that has earned them their reputation.

2020 is a new dawn for Cutting Teeth, and there’s no messing around as the band are hitting the road with Welsh newcomers Raiders before the end of January. If you’re into Every Time I Die and Converge but are looking for a dose of British attitude, allow Cutting Teeth to sink their fangs into your music diet in 2020. [MH]

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Diathesis | No Mercy | Aggressor

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DEALER

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Australian supergroup Dealer have made quite the statement in 2019. Featuring former members of Alpha Wolf, Northlane, and Capture The Crown, the five-piece seem hellbent on crafting some of the most brutal, anxiety inducing hardcore in recent memory.

Their debut EP, ‘Soul Burn’, is a staggering, passionate, and cohesive piece of work. Garnering millions of streams in the incredibly short time since their inception, 2020 will likely see the group skyrocket in popularity. With the prospect of new material, and a US tour supporting Spite and Varials on the cards, these new school Aussie pain-peddlers are essential ones to watch going into the new year. [ZB]

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DUDE TRIPS

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If, somehow, you missed Fraserburgh sad lads Dude Trips in 2019, fear not. The emo quartet put out their debut album ‘Through Love And Death, You’re All I Have Left’ in the Summer, but that doesn’t mean that they’re slowing down the momentum at all. Barely even off of the buzz from their debut, they’ll be putting out a new single just before 2020 begins.

The band won’t be confined to the studio for the whole year, with two gigs already confirmed for 2020, playing at the first birthday party of their label followed by a headline show at the Audio in Glasgow. The band are also planning a couple of tours, alongside some festival dates as well. If you missed them in 2019, make damn sure that you don’t sleep on Dude Trips in 2020. [AJ]

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DYING WISH

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With US hardcore continuing to rear its ugly head and offer more and more malevolence, we’d be remiss not to mention Portland newcomers, Dying Wish. Dealing in a particularly raw and earnest form of old school beatdown, this is not for the faint of heart. Knocked Loose frontman Bryan Garris even lent his vocals to one of the group’s latest offerings, reciprocating vocalist Emma Boster‘s stand-out feature on ‘A Different Shade Of Blue’ highlight, ‘A Serpent’s Touch’.

Closing out 2019 supporting Counterparts and Stray From The Path before heading out in the new year with SeeYouSpaceCowboy should be a tell-tale sign of the recognition the relatively new group are receiving from their peers. 2020 seems set to be their biggest year yet, so watch this space. [ZB]

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EXPLORING BIRDSONG

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Appearing with an impressively unique sound with their debut EP this year, Exploring Birdsong have closed out 2019 with a bang. Showing strong promise, the Liverpool trio have numerous avenues to consider due to the progressive nature of their sound.

With supporting slots with Thank You Scientist already set for February, the trio are looking towards a busy 2020. Recently signing with Atonal Music Agency, they’ll hopefully capitalise on their critical acclaim with a debut full-length in 2020. [DAT]

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HAPPY HOUR

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Miami’s R&Bcore up-and-comers Happy Hour are the latest genre-mashing band your life needs right now. Following in the footsteps of the sub-genre’s more experienced groups like Issues and Dance Gavin Dance, the Floridians have made steady progress across a couple of EPs, tapping into what is quite honestly a largely unexplored genre.

As 2020 dawns, fans are beginning to get excited about the prospect of a debut album, although none has been detailed just yet. None-the-less, with an intriguing sound and truckload of energy, these guys could be set to have a pretty big year. [DJT]

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HOT MILK

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It’s hard to believe that Hot Milk only dropped their debut single ‘Awful Ever After’ at the beginning of this year. Since then, they’ve played shows with the likes of Foo Fighters and Enter Shikari, as well as nabbing coveted slots at Download and Reading & Leeds festivals.

Their infectious powerpop has seen them go from strength-to-strength, and the We Are The In Crowd-style dual vocals of Hannah Mee and Jim Shaw have won fans across the country and beyond. Fingers crossed that we’ll get a full-length from the four-piece next year. [LC]

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Candy Coated Lies | Awful Ever After | Wide Awake

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IN THE CARDS

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Up-and-comers In The Cards have had a successful 2019 with the recent release of their second EP, ‘The Path’. The Stoke-on-Trent based quartet are finally starting to reap the rewards for their patience, having formed through childhood friendships playing music together for nearly ten years now.

Although their plans for the year haven’t been entirely announced, they’ll be on tour supporting alt rockers Evade Escape during February, and there’s absolutely no doubt given their rising success and attention in recent months won’t soon flower into something much larger in 2020. [SB]

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Disguise | Beautiful Silence | The Only Thing

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LIZZY FARRALL

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It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for Lizzy Farrall. The Chester based singer/songwriter has climbed her way up the ladder with some delightful songwriting and devilishly good vocals, becoming a real one to watch.

Her 2018 EP, ‘All I Said Was Never Heard’, was an under-the-radar success for Farrall, with a thoughtful blend of acoustic rock that was equally splattered with excellent choruses. Her follow-up, ‘Barbados’, built on that success, transitioning into electronics and a bouncy, pop-rock kick that just oozes charm. As 2020 rolls around, big things are again expected from Farrall, who continues to grow and develop musically quite significantly with every release. Keep your eyes and ears on this one. [DJT]

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Barbados | Games | Better With

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LUCIFENA

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Trap metal has been on the rise over the past year or so, and, despite its swelling popularity, it’s still a genre that is very much in its infancy. One of the freshest faces to begin to rise in this new found world is Lucifena (aka Stephanie Sanson), who used to front You Only Live One.

Over the past year she’s dropped tracks featuring members of Slipknot, Emmure, and Bad Omens, a few songs with Lil Xan, and frequently collaborates with Wings Of Plague guitarist Michael Montoya, who nowadays is known under his producer moniker, Morgoth Beatz. You can expect plenty more from Lucifena for 2020. [ZR]

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MARISA AND THE MOTHS

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Despite all of the new innovations, genre splicing, and everything else you can expect to come in the world of music today, there’s nothing quite like some no frills rock ‘n’ roll, and newcomers Marisa And The Moths are delivering that to nth degree.

With a slight grunge edge akin to the likes of Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, this fresh faced Reading quartet are already generating quite the buzz off the back of their recently released self-titled debut LP. Our advice is to jump on the hype train now before it starts to get a little crowded. [ZR]

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Skin | Needy | Slave

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PENGSHUI

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PENGSHUi‘s blend of grime, punk, and metal is really as cool as it sounds. It’s as though Rage Against The Machine had a baby with Skepta, and it works. They released their first single back in 2018, but this year, they’ve put themselves on the map.

Having grabbed attention from BBC Radio 1 and beating out hundreds of other bands for a slot at Download Festival via Kerrang!‘s Fresh Blood competition, it’s quite likely you’ve heard them already. But, if not, 2020 could well be the year you’ll have no choice but to sit up and take notice: they’ve got a tour already booked for March, which will see them play some of their biggest shows to date, along with a self-titled album in January. [LC]

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No Joke | Leave It | Control

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PHOXJAW

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Bristol’s Phoxjaw have slowly but surely been building a reputation for themselves as one of the most promising bands around at the moment. 2018’s ‘Goodbye Dinosaur…’ EP helped generate plenty of buzz, but this year’s ‘A Playground For Sad Adults’ EP seemed to cement themselves even further as a band to keep your eye on.

Whilst they’re very hard to precisely pin down musically, they’re effortlessly fluid with combining huge-sounding alternative metal and post-hardcore riffing with indie-rock introspection. It sounds like an odd match on paper, but it also means they have the potential to stand out on their own. Be sure to expect them to be making further ripples in 2020. [CZ]

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Melt, You’re A Face Of Wax | Monday Man | Triceratops

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RAIDERS

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Look familiar? Well, that’s because Raiders are not all that new to the scene; ex-The Blackout members Sean Smith and James “Bob” Davies make up half the band. They’ve only released one track so far and yet they’ve played Teddy Rocks Festival and supported Funeral For A Friend.

Kicking off 2020 with a seven date UK tour alongside Cutting Teeth, we can certainly expect to hear some more music and indeed plenty more shows to catch these Welsh lads across the year before they truly begin rising the ranks. [TP]

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SAINTE

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Fresh faced and saccharine, Tay Jardine is back on the scene with Cameron Hurley and Mike Ferri under project name Sainte, a buoyant exploration of indie-pop goodness. Having recently released their second EP, ‘Bad Summer’, the sun-blushed trio are setting out on a UK tour mid-2020, before they make another appearance with their recently reunited bandmates in We Are The In Crowd at Slam Dunk Festival.

‘Bad Summer’ is already proving to be an iridescent success, and shows absolutely no sign of dwindling anytime soon. Sainte‘s music is like honey on your tongue that is sickeningly sweet in the most delectable of ways. They’re already making ripples that will imminently be waves. [PB]

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With Or Without Me | Everything Makes Me Sad | Tough To Love Me

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STATIC DRESS

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Leeds post-hardcore newcomers Static Dress have only just recently released their second ever single, ‘Adaptive Taste’, but have nonetheless managed to generate quite the following already from both music fans and peers alike.

As of now, it’s unsure whether or not the band will come forth with an EP or better yet a full-length anytime soon, but they’re set to tour with Counterparts in early 2020 across the UK, and they’re shows that are absolutely not to be missed. You can bet that they’ll only get bigger and bigger from here. [TH]

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THE UMA

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Those songs with a great pop-driven hook are always the ones that tend to get stuck in a loop in your head the longest, whether you like them or not. As for Chester trio The UMA, they’re offerings are definitely ones you’ll want stuck on a mental repeat.

For now they just have the one released song in their debut single, ‘Wake Up’, but after a recent tour opening up for Liverpool pop-punk heroes WSTR, it’s just a taster of what they’ve got under their sleeves for 2020. [ZR]

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VALIANT HEARTS

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Not constrained by geographical barriers and ambitious in their scope, post-hardcore duo Valiant Hearts have gained a devoted fanbase since 2016’s ‘Wildfire’. With delivering follow-up record ‘Odyssey’ recently, refining their cinematic soundscape and pushing the boundaries of what they can achieve, Valiant Hearts look set to widen their scope.

Whilst ‘Odyssey’ may have only been out for a few months, based on the subtle hints on their social media outlets, it looks like a follow-up release could very well be due next year. It may be speculative at the time, based on the evolution of their sound, but if a third record is set to be released you can expect it to move beyond the borders of what we know about Valiant Hearts. [DAT]

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VALUES

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Throw in post-hardcore, metalcore, and add a smattering of emphatic choruses into a melting pot of raw energy and you come up with Values.

Having toured with The Word Alive and In Hearts Wake, they’ve had a steady progression in the underground, but now signed to Stay Sick Records they’re set to release a full-length album in 2020 which will hopefully be jam packed full of action. [RC]

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VEXED

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Sick and tired of writing positive melodies, Vexed is born out of the torment and torture of an abusive upbringing that the band expresses through crunching djent riffs and guttural roars tempered with energetic choruses.

They’re a no-holes-barred quartet that only just released a couple of singles this year, one of them boasting an appearance from CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder), and they look set to start plenty more fires in 2020. [RC]

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WARGASM

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Having only surfaced in August, Wargasm have quickly created an unusual amount of noise around themselves with a only two tracks out at this point. A song like ‘Post-Modern Rhapsody’ is definitely set to become a future anthem of rebellion, having generated almost 100,000 streams on Spotify alone since it’s release a few months ago.

They’ve already spread their message of love and war live across Europe and the UK during their first two tours with fellow UK bands Airways and Counterfeit. The waves they’ve created with their “angry songs for sad people” are nowhere near crashing, especially with the announcement of being added to the Download Festival line-up, and, without a doubt, many more still to come. [TH]

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WHOHURTYOU

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Establishing themselves as “dark pop”, WhoHurtYou are formed of All Time Low‘s Jack Barakat and singer/songwriter Kevin Fisher (also known as Sweet Talker. The pair, who formed after both suffering from bad breakups, began teasing the new venture back in June. They’ve subsequently had a busy latter half of 2019 after being signed by Fueled By Ramen and releasing their debut EP, ‘Stages’.

It’s not completely certain what WhoHurtYou have planned for 2020. Hopefully some more tracks will be on the cards, but with All Time Low planning a new record, it’s possible that the side-project might be put on the backburner, though Blink-182 never stopped Mark Hoppus with Simple Creatures, did it? [SB]

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Written by Paige Barrett [PB], Stevie-Leigh Blackburn [SB], Zach Buggy [ZB], Ryan Cherry [RC], Mike Heath [MH], Theresa Hofer [TH], Andrew Johnstone [AJ], Tim Peacock [TP], Zach Redrup [ZR], Damon Taylor [DAT], Dylan Tuck [DJT], Carlos Zeleya [CZ]