There are always more bands – the biggest question is who do you listen to when it comes to recommendations? Obviously, Dork should be your first port of call, but there are others too. This month we ask You Me At Six guitarist Max Helyer for his top picks from this year’s Truck line-up.
Anteros – Anteros have been on my radar for a little while now, sharing the same management company with them I’m always asking about new and upcoming bands. They released their debut record this year which has a great cross over of rock / indie / pop bangers that makes me believe this band will start popping up more on everyone’s radars in the next couple of years.
Easy Life – I have only just come across easy life myself from a recommendation from a friend who’s a producer. He saw them at great escape festival and said it was one of the highlights of the weekend. It’s hard to describe easy life as it sounds like they take influences from many genres of music from hip hop, jazz, alternative, and so on. Luckily we are playing the same day as them, so they are on my list of bands to go check out.
Ocean Wisdom – I would say ocean wisdom is one of the kings of underground hip hop in the UK, I was put on to him by a friend who’s mad into hip hop, and if you like hip hop, you’re gonna love him. He’s energetic, quick bars and flows that will knock a lot of people sidewards. The record label he’s on high focus has brought lots of talent out of this country and given the recognition that UK hip hop deserves. Again he’s playing Sunday so another artist I will be watching.
The Japanese House –A band that has been about for a few years but really started to pick up momentum from supporting The 1975 on tours recently. A great act that has a blend of indie pop, electro-pop and all things pop, a great mid-weekend watch that is a change of pace from the other artists that I have picked. The album good at falling has been one of my go-to records of the year.
Yonaka –Recently releasing their debut record ‘Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow’, Yonaka should be on peoples lists of bands they should check out at Truck. Big riffs and songs that will kick off a festival in style with swag and attitude, they’re ones not to miss out on before they go and get massive.
Taken from the August issue of Dork. Truck takes place from 26th-28th July in Oxfordshire.