Last year we brought you the likes of Villagers, Heathers, Bats, Adebesi Shank and The Ambience Affair in our pick of 2009’s best new bands, which we feel sets the bar pretty high. All this week we’ll be offering you our pick of the brightest hopes for 2010, taking all of electronica, Americana, hardcore, pop, techno and more – proving yet again that the Irish underground is capable of throwing up gem after gem. Enjoy our choices and stick around for a special download compilation at the end of the run.
We start off with the synth pop of Sleep Thieves, the trio who set out in 2008 to bridge the gap between off the wall indie music and dance tinged electro. They emerged from their cluttered studio of keyboards, synths and laptops with a batch of songs that achieved their initial aim handsomely. Two singles and a growing portfolio of gigs have put them in a fine position to stake their claim over the next twelve months.