A 'where are they now?' look back on our Sounds of 2022 predictions. Spoiler alert: we were right, and they're all fucking smashing it.
We've been huge fans of The Mysterines since we saw them open for Royal Blood back in 2018, so here at the Coven we'd been keenly awaiting the release of their debut album. 2022 was the year we got it. Reeling exceeded our expectations and garnered critical acclaim across the board, even being named as one of Rough Trade's albums of the year (and ours too). Hot off the heels of a US tour supporting AWOLNATION, the Liverpool 4-piece just played their own headline gig at the O2 Kentish Town Forum, as well as a slew of other UK shows earlier this year. And they're only supporting the Arctic fucking Monkeys next year. Massive.
2021's Chaise Longue breakout indie stars Wet Leg released their eagerly awaited debut album in April and showed a well-rounded display of versatility. They're not just some one-note tongue-in-cheek rockstars, Wet Leg have truly lived up to their hype and crafted a rollercoaster of indie-rock goodness. Selling out every date of their UK tour, the duo are clearly hot in demand. Everyone is obsessed, and so are we. We highly recommend watching their triumphant Glastonbury set, featuring this incredible moment.
The gorgeous grunge gang Sick Joy made our summer when they released their long-awaited debut album WE'RE ALL GONNA F***ING DIE back in July. We had a lovely time with them back in March on their mammoth UK tour - since then they've supported Deaf Havana, Fatherson, Pearl Jam and Pixies at Hyde Park, as well as slaying 2000 Trees, Reading and Leeds, and a *second* UK tour as part of the Music Venue Trust. This lot are bananas, and we love them for that. The trio have just announced some February dates in support of Independent Venue Week, get your tickets here!
Brighton babes Lime Garden have been riding the waves of their glistening alt splashes. The quartet kickstarted 2022 with their mesmerising track Marbles, released via So Young Records, and have been busy between touring and recording new music since. Latest track Bitter maintains their signature über-cool dissonance with silky smooth vocals and a staccato riff. We managed to see them support New York trio Sunflower Bean, alongside fellow Sounds of 2022 heroes Prima Queen, in April, and they stunned the crowd with their hazy indie-pop tunes that kept everyone on their feet.
We got some delicious new tracks from Cardiff's HIMALAYAS this year, which we really fucking hope are leading up to a debut album in 2023. Alone, Out of the Dark and Into the Light and From Hell To Here all gave us the serotonin boosts we needed towards the end of they year in the form of three filthy rippers. We were lucky enough to catch them at Islington's O2 Academy on their UK tour in October, but this year they've also killed the crowds at Neighbourhood Festival, supported fellow Welsh rockers Stereophonics, and signed with Nettwerk Music.
You already know we adore these two. The loveliest lads in punk didn't disappoint this year with two scathing new singles, Cigarette and Work. The duo also joined forces with the incredible Lainey (drums), as well as signing with UTA - but their real achievement was the sheer volume of shows they nabbed a spot at. As if supporting VUKOVI, ZERO 9:36, LIFE, Bob Dylan, Bad Nerves, Sick Joy, Enola Gay and Baby Strange weren't enough, they smashed the festival circuit, with appearances at Mutations, 2000 Trees, and Download. They've already got massive plans for next year, starting with supporting pals Kid Kapichi on their February tour - as well as returning to 2000 Trees and making an appearance at Stockton Calling. We just hope there's plenty more headline SNAYX shows and new alt anthems in 2023!
Brighton's fiercest trio Lambrini Girls has spent the first half of 2022 acquiring a new bassist, gaining a reputation for being one of the most energetic punk bands around, and most recently gaining a spot on the ATC Live roster. Fuck, they've been busy. Appearing at Mutations, Loud Women Festival, and Left of the Dial, they also supported Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes on their December stint at Camden's Underworld. So far 2023 looks set to be another scorcher as they've announced they'll be playing at next year's 2000 Trees and The Great Escape. And on top of all that, they also had time to release a brilliant and frenzied new single: Help Me I'm Gay! Icons, if you ask us.
Genre-bending alt-pop princess Pixey captured our imaginations back in 2020 with single Free to Live in Colour, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. This year, she made appearances at loads of festivals including Truck, Tramlines and Y Not?, as well as supporting labelmate Alfie Templeman on his sold out spring tour. She's also released a slew of lush singles: I'm Just High, Come Around (Sunny Day) and Recycled Paper Planes which all led up to mini-album Dreams, Pains, and Paper Planes. Her colourful soundscapes are bound to brighten your day, whatever the weather.
Seattle garage-rockers LoftRiot proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to producing absolute filth late last year, so when they dropped their debut EP BANT back in January, we were bloody thrilled. The boys followed up with monstrous single Don't Look Down a few months later, and have been very busy ripping up local shows in their home state. We reckon they'd do pretty well over here in the UK, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for some transatlantic action in the future!
American and British duo Prima Queen stole our attention with Chew My Cheeks late last year via Nice Swan Records, and it was enough to earn them a spot on the Sounds of 2022 list. We managed to sit down and chat with the pair at their Portsmouth headline show for International Women's Week in March, just on the cusp of the release of charmingly melancholy Invisible Hand. This year they also released singles Eclipse and Butter Knife, as well as toured with Wet Leg and Sunflower Bean, sprinkling their dustings of indie-rock sad girl sing-a-longs everywhere they land.
Dublin-based Kynsy just won't soften the grip she has on us. Shimmering and sharp, Kynsy's alt-pop effortlessly flows between baroque-pop and nostalgic indie-rock influences while maintaining her cool. This year alone she's already released three stellar examples of her musical versatility with New Year, Point of You, and Love of Your Life, all leading up to her second EP Something To Do With Love which dropped back in September. On top of this, she's managed to squeeze in a headline Ireland tour, supported Blossoms and Inhaler, and played 10 festivals including Tramlines, Truck and Y Not?. A busy year for a busy queen.
Toronto garage punks Wine Lips kept very busy this year touring - with dates across Europe and the UK, (including a sold out London show) and a massive US and Canadian tour earlier this year. Honestly, we're not sure how they're still functioning - but thank god they are because we can't wait much longer for new music from them!
Pop-rock pals Queen Cult came out the gates running in 2022 with the release of their debut EP Woman That I Know crashing into the world in January. We were lucky enough to have some much-needed girl-talk with them the week of its release as we saw them support Brighton's premier queer-rockers LibraLibra. But they didn't stop there, releasing singles Beautiful Psycho, Better Believe It, and It Matters To Me in the months that followed. They've also supported Bang Bang Romeo and Gen & The Degenerates, played The Great Escape, and Neighbourhood... we're exhausted just thinking about it. But look alive - they're on tour in February! Get your tickets here.
Irish fast-risers M(h)aol grabbed our attention last year with their debut EP Gender Studies. The Dinked Edition vinyl, which was limited to 300 copies, sold out in just 36 hours - so when we tell you to jump on M(h)aol now, you best listen to us. The five-piece followed the EP with their first release of 2022, Bored of Men which is about being tired with media neglecting to challenge patriarchal systems. After that came single Asking For It. Noisy post-punk dripping in sarcasm and feminist frustration, what's not to love? Their debut album Attachment Styles is coming out soon, pre-save it here.
The Golden Age of TV
Leeds-based beauts The Golden Age of TV are so goddamn good at dicing up fuzzy alt-rock. We knew that with 2021's What I've Been Through - but that was just the beginning. This year already the band have released their debut EP Bite My Skin, a 4-track gateway into TGAOT's richly textured rock, layered with tasty riffs, hypnotic vocals, and nostalgically fresh bubblegum grunge for lovers of Beach Riot and Lauran Hibberd (that's us - we love them!). They also managed to squeeze in a tour with Joshua Zero in October. Incredible. We can't wait for more!