LOUDER PRESENTS: 4 BAME Bands You Need to Listen To
There's nothing more exciting than finding a new band and exploring their discography, especially when they're less known and you can follow their progress. Unfortunately, in the alternative music scene black and minority ethnic (BAME) artists aren’t as seen as they should be. Before writing this, I could only think of less than a handful off the top of my head, none of which included females. So here’s a great starting point to help incorporate more BAME artists into your playlist, and find the next band for you to fall in love with!
Nova Twins are a female duo from London, UK whose Members are Amy Love and Georgia South. The duo describes their sound as ‘urban punk’, with influences from both grime and punk and bands such as Skunk Anansie being a major inspiration to them. Their debut album Who Are the Girls? was released in February 2020, the title itself commenting on the lack of female representation often found on gig and festival line ups. Lead single from the album, Taxi, provides a perfect starting point to their industrial sound that they have become well known, gaining them a cult like following, alongside their energetic live performances. You can check out their EPs and debut album on Spotify, where that have also created a playlist to highlight other alternative BAME acts.
Meet Me @ the Alter:
Another all-female band are Meet Me @ the Alter. The pop punk 3 piece are from 3 separate US states and joined together through YouTube, to create a band that provides the type of representation in alternative music that they didn’t have themselves. They have yet to release a studio album but have 2 EPs, Changing States and Bigger Than Me, that feature songs that aim to speak to young female and BAME fans. One of their latest singles May the Odds Be in Your Favour is an example of the bands positive message, with a typical pop punk upbeat sound. MMATA have also been announced as a recipient of the Black Creators Funding Initiative, which was set up by singer/songwriter Halsey to “provide funds, resources, and a platform to black creators”. If you’re a fan of bands such as Tonight Alive, State Champs, and We Are the In Crowd give them a listen.
One of the rising stars in British metal music at the moment are Loathe, having been nominated for Heavy Metal Awards best UK breakthrough band and Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for best new band in 2018. Since their formation in 2014 Loathe have released 2 EPs and 2 studio albums, the most recent being I Let It in and It Took Everything, in February 2020. The band have stated that their musical influences are from large bands such as Slipknot and Korn, and also bands we all loved as teens, such as Attack Attack!. Whilst their albums are largely conceptual, they have used their growing platform for good, including selling a t-shirt to raise money for the Black Lives Matter movement. From their recent spots Download Festival, and supporting bands such as Bury Tomorrow, and Emmure, Loathe are set make waves in the metal genre.
Also known as The Cum In Your Face, which we can all agree is an excellent band name, TCIYF, are a thrash punk band from South Africa. True to the DIY nature of punk music they met and formed through a skateboarding society in Soweto, which has a thriving alternative scene. TCIYF stick to the roots of punk, creating songs that are political and/or explicit, such as Fatherless Kids and Bad Weed. The currently have one EP, CUMLYF, and a couple of singles available on their Bandcamp, as a lot of their work is self-produced and DIY. However, despite their relatively small platform they have feature at festivals such as Red Bull Music presents: Young & Infamous and Bashu Uhuru, a South African festival that celebrates creative freedom in the country. Coming from a country that isn’t widely known for punk subcultures they are still able to draw in energised crowds to their spontaneous live performances and have said themselves they aim to spread positive messages to young people through punk music.