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10 New Artists You Need to Know: February 2015

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Natalie Prass, Seinabo Sey and more

Leo "Bud" Welch and Catfish and the Bottlemen

Aubrey Edwards; John Stone

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month, we talk to an 82-year-old Mississippian releasing his first blues album and a 16-year-old X-Factor veteran — not to mention the Nineties-centric rap of Vic Spencer, the chart-storming deep house of Robin Schulz, the critically acclaimed art-folk of Natalie Prass and more. 

Youth Man

Youth Man

Sounds Like: U.K. kids tinkering with the ill-angled tantrums of of L.A., D.C. and San Diego punk. 

For Fans of: Future of the Left, Dead Kennedys, 400 Blows

Why You Should Pay Attention: Boldly dubbing themselves "the loudest live band in the U.K.," gnashing trio Youth Man stand in sharp contrast to the croony "B-Town" indie rock bands like Peace and Swim Deep. Their brand of punk leans heavily towards the weirdos (not the Weirdos) of early California hardcore, in which bands like Fear weren't too afraid (or too unskilled) to throw in an odd time signature. Since dropping their first music in 2012, Youth Man have opened for Pissed Jeans and Sleaford Mods.

They Say: Youth Man have been releasing a steady stream of singles and EPs — second extended play, the five-track Hill of Knives, is due in August — but have yet to commit to a full-length album. "Everybody these days has a short attention span. We do too," says singer Kaila Whyte. "Plus nobody has offered us enough money yet." Lead single "Skin" is only 77 seconds long, but for bassist Miles Cocker, it will last a lifetime — for the video, he gave himself a tattoo. "It was like watching someone poke themselves with an inky needle. Over, and over, and over, and over," says drummer Marcus Perks. Adds Whyte, "We were all pretty drunk by then so it's a slightly hazy memory."

Hear for Yourself: The jittery "Skin" yowls, churns, and explodes with feedback — but its irregular pulse includes tricky bars of 5/4. By Christopher R. Weingarten

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