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BBC Introducing: Ones to watch

BBC Blast reporter Helen Weatherhead profiles the best in new music in and around Merseyside.


Bagheera are Jacob, Sam and Tom

Already tipped by The Guardian, Steve Lamacq and BBC 6 Music, three-piece Bagheera met whilst studying music at the University of Liverpool.

They formed in February 2009 through a shared love of banging spoons and are now most notable for their haunting three-part harmonies.

Their main influences include Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, and hints of African music.

They are currently working on their second EP.

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves
Bicycle Thieves are Tom, Ash, James, Jim and Nick

Championed by BBC Radio 1 DJs, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens. Bicycle Thieves formed in November, 2008 and went on to play Glastonbury just a year later in 2009.

They said "It was weird because we got all this interest before we'd even played a gig and we very quickly had to get a set of six songs so we could start playing.

"Our first step is the first single. We've got a whole new batch of songs coming through which are organ-based with bossa nova and samba beats played on a real drum kit."


Dogshow are brothers Sam and Laurie Crombie

Dogshow are a Liverpool based duo influenced by psychedelic and experimental music.

Brothers Sam and Laurie Crombie formed the band in 2006, playing their first show in a derelict cinema. They now run and perform at The Kazimier, Liverpool.

"We've always strived to have a lot of funk and powerful rhythmical elements."

They played several UK festivals and are now recording their first EP.

Emily and the Faves

Emily and the Faves
Emily is joined by Andy Delamere and Andy Frizell

Emily and the Faves, formerly The Respectable Horses, are three-piece Emily Lansley, Andy Delamere and Andy Frizell.

Formed in 2007, the three-piece have played slots in and out of the city and were described by The La's as "unique on a world-scale."

Their main influences include Fleetwood Mac, Captain Beefheart and The Smiths.

The trio played a 2009 session on BBC Radio Merseyside and are now working on their debut album.

Indica Ritual

Indica Ritual
Indica Ritual are Nick, Tom, Ferg, George and Andre

Indica Ritual create well-crafted 'twisted pop' their main influences being Talking Heads, Devo and Aphex Twin.

The five-piece have played in France and Italy with their tunes scoring reviews from NME and Drowned in Sound.

Their debut album, Popular Mechanics will be released in 2010, following a seven inch release in October and 2009 will see them supporting both Metronomy and Wave Machines.

Long Finger Bandits

Long Finger Bandits
Long Finger Bandits are Phooligan, Lucciana, Laura, Hollie and Laura

Named after Phoolan Devi the Indian bandit queen, Long Finger Bandits formed in 2007.

Their main influences include Gogol Bordello, The Specials and Pete Bentham.

Having played Warehouse parties in London and other UK festivals in 2009, the five-piece will be back in the studio to record their debut album in October.

Molly Jones

Molly Jones
Molly Jones moved to Liverpool for the music scene

Molly Jones comes from a musical family. Her father is famous folk musician Steve Tilston and her mother is traditional singer Maggie Boyle.

Inspired by the Liverpool music scene Molly moved to the city from west Yorkshire in 2008.

She says, "I wrote my first song probably when I was about eight and then I started playing songs on the piano when I was about 15."

In 2009 she supported folk singer Stephen Fretwell, played a number of music festivals and performed live on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Mr Paul

Mr Paul
Mr Paul set up his own studios before making a name for himself

Mr Paul began his 17 year career as a Liverpool DJ at the age of 15 and went on to win the Red Bull Academy in 2001. He set up his own studios and made a name for himself through alternative club sets in the city.

He has played the same bill as 2manydjs in 2008 and will be playing for a second time at Lake of the Stars, Malawi this year.

In Liverpool Mr Paul can be found DJing weekly at Bibliotheque Sound System, The Peacock, monthly at "Deleted Scenes", The Masque and has a regular spot at Chibuku too. .

Sounds of Guns

Sound of Guns
Sound of Guns are Andy, Lee, Nathan, John and Si

In less than a year of forming, Sound of Guns have already taken over stages at Radio One Big Weekend and Glastonbury.

The five-piece describe themselves as, "massive, big, huge" and have been championed by Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens.

They are currently recording their debut album due for release next year when they will tour the UK.

They said: "We wanted to break everywhere else so that when we got back to Liverpool, we knew we'd be good enough for our home crowd, and with all five people wanting the same thing, going the same path has definitely helped things along."

We Came Out Like Tigers

We came out like tigers
We Came Out Like Tigers are Fabian, Oli, Marc and Simon

Fabian, Oli, Marc and Simon are a four-piece who met through studying in Liverpool, and formed in the Autumn of 2008.

They say "We set out to create a blend of the more art driven side of hardcore and inventive post-rock. A lot of our songs seem political and angry, but it's grounded in optimism - we're shouting because things could be better than they are."

Their main influences include Fugazi, Circle Takes the Square and solo artists Adam Gnade and Justin Pearson.


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