This time last year we brought you Wonder Villains, the splendidly noisy pop band from Derry. In 2013 we move down the road to Belfast but the message remains the same – that the Northern scene continues to produce the very best guitar music around. Sharing a DIY ethos and a passion for pop culture references, Amateur Historians (Chris Curry, Luke Casey & Gerard McCorry) met via the Internet and set about recording and throwing themselves around stages with abandon. Their debut EP New Homes / New Hopes, released in August, garnered the support of the great and the good from the NI scene and December saw them pay their first visit to the South. So, until they relinquish the crown in 2014, say hello to State’s indie pop band of the year.