Last week we revealed the top picks for Dot To Dot Festival as chosen by festival promoters Anton Lockwood and Dan Ealam, but how about the top picks from one of the festival headliners? We caught up with Pulled Apart By Horses (pictured above) frontman Tom Hudson as he told us exactly who he’ll be checking out at the multi-city festival, which takes place in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester from the 2nd-4th June 2012.
“I’ve been into these guys since their fuzzed up lofi self-titled debut album came out in 2009. Now they’ve got a solid band together and sound like they’re kicking more ass than ever before. If you’re a fan of snotty punk rock with a dash of pop then go and check them out! If you haven’t heard them before, listen to ’So Bored’ and ’King Of The Beach’ to see what they’re all about!”
Last.fm listeners seem to agree with Tom – “King Of The Beach” is Wavves’ most popular track, listened to by 2,288 listeners last week and scrobbled 599,235 times overall. The album of the same name leads the way with a massive 3,901,753 scrobbles, with the 2011 EP Life Sux scrobbled 204,272 times.
“Frank Carter from Gallows’ new project with his friend Jim Carroll. These guys are starting to kick up some hype and from previous events it seems they’re no strangers to putting on an intense show! We haven’t heard a great deal from them or even seen them live yet but already have a weird tingling feeling in our nether regions. They also have recorded their new album with the legend that is Gil Norton who we had the pleasure of recording ‘Tough Love’ with, so that CAN’T be a bad thing! Go and check them out before they take over the world.”
Strong words from Tom but you wouldn’t put it past Frank Carter to make something seriously strong out of Pure Love. 13,273 total scrobbles have come from just the one released song – “Bury My Bones”. An exciting post-Gallows chapter in Frank Carter’s career is starting to pick up pace, it seems.
“Our Bristol brothers in heavy metal and previous tour mates are a force to be reckoned with! Try and see them on their home turf if you’re in Bristol, if not they will still melt your face to the bone with their mammoth riffs! It’s a well-known fact that the frontman Chris actually uses ancient powers of sorcery and witchcraft to help him levitate mid show!”
Turbowolf create a unique sort of racket – mixing up the energy of rock and roll with psychedelic and electronic aspects thrown into the mix. Their sound has been scrobbled 129,897 times by Last.fm listeners and you can check it out for yourself by streaming “The Big Cut” here and “Things Could Be Good Again” here.
“These guys seem to getting some attention at the moment and if we get some time in between the shows I’m going to try and check them out and see what the fuss is about. From what I’ve heard they have a bit of 90′s slacker pop sort of vibe to them. Cool!”
Hailing from Cleveland, Cloud Nothings have certainly been making a name for themselves lately with their heartfelt indie rock. Scrobbled 2,326,020 times, they are sure to be a highlight at Dot To Dot Festival, with tracks such as “Stay Useless” (from latest album Attack On Memory) listened to by 3,364 Last.fm listeners last week.
“I only really know of Willy Mason from the song ’Oxygen’ that was around a few years ago and spent a good few weeks unable to get it out of my head! I’ve never explored his music widely but my brother went to see him live and said that it was a very honest and heartfelt performance and is definitely worth checking out. So again, if I get some time in-between making hideous sounds, I will be trying to check out Mr Mason and soak up some of the atmosphere that he’ll be providing!”
American singer-songwriter Willy Mason’s track “Oxygen” has made just as much of an impression on Last.fm listeners as it has on Tom, scrobbled 285,249 times. It comes from his 2004 album Where The Humans Eat, which was followed by 2007′s If The Ocean Gets Rough. With a new album on the horizon, expect the sounds of Willy Mason to reach far beyond those lucky enough to be in the know already.
Pulled Apart By Horses start their UK tour in November: