The Breakdowns are a four piece power pop combo from Nottingham, but despite their roots, can be heard indulging in some very transatlantic sounds. They’ve released a couple of excellent albums (with 2011’s ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Bop’ being particularly worth seeking out), they’ve supported Ginger Wildheart and each year increases their cult status. 2014’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Skates’ [issued early 2015 in the US under the name Los Breakdowns on Rum Bar Records, sometime home of Kurt Baker] takes their previous musical blueprint and polishes it a little, delivering eleven old-style power pop gems in the process.
For The Girl are a five piece indie-rock band from Nottinghamshire. As part of the promotion for their self-released EP ‘Kick It’ (their second of 2014), the band received good exposure supporting UK pop-punk/emo act Orchard Hill on a short tour of academy venues. Since each night of the tour was free entry, the four night stint showed a rare generosity, most welcome in the times of hardship facing chunks of the UK during the end of the year.
Nottingham’s Kill Chaos have been working hard at making a name for themselves, creating a mini-buzz in the north of England. They’ve toured in support of INME, Frank Turner, Arctic Monkeys and the seemingly famous-for-five-minutes Reef and their 2013 full length ‘PromisesPromises’ [released via Field Records, home to the excellent Maybeshewill] is a reflection of the band’s live sound, in that it isn’t too polished. Its fantastically bass heavy in places, while the main riffs often carry just the right balance between melody and distortion.