This last week, I went to three concerts, all in London: Marina and the Diamonds, The Used and Enter Shikari with Arcane Roots, respectively (you can read about the shows on my updated Great Britain exploring post). These incredible artists, three of whom are British, got me thinking about the British music scene and how British artists have impacted my life. I will discuss my favorite British artists but I am by no means a qualified critic, this is just my humble opinion:
Arctic Monkeys (English): Their most recent album AM captured a wide range of new listeners, including myself. As the poster band for modern indie lovers, you can’t go on an night out in England without hearing one of their hits. Favorite songs: 505, Fireside, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor. Watch: R U Mine? [Live]
Biffy Clyro (Scottish): This long-lived rock band, distinguished by their noticeable accent, have consistently made chart-topping albums over the last decade. With an album supposedly on its way this year, fans can’t wait to see what they have in store. Favorite songs: That Golden Rule, Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies, Modern Magic Formula. Watch: Who’s Got a Match? [Live]
Enter Shikari (English): Enter Shikari are pioneers in mixing rock and electronic music all while incorporating important messages of equality and change (or lack thereof). Their most recent United Kingdom tour was their most ambitious and successful ones yet thanks to their massive stage presence and use of surround sound and displays. With several side projects, including the more electronically inclined Shikari Sound System, it’s clear to see these band members are passionate about what they do and strive to innovate. Favorite songs: Solidarity, Destabilise, Radiate, Quelle Surprise, The Last Garrison, Gandhi Mate, Gandhi. Watch: Gandhi Mate, Gandhi [Live]
Marina and the Diamonds (Welsh): Known for her unique style in both music and fashion, indie pop artist Marina Diamandis has been a dominant force in the scene since her second album, Electra Heart, and topped charts with her most recent album, FROOT. From upbeat tunes to somber ballads, her voice is one of a kind and is sure to mesmerize anyone who listens. Favorite songs: Teen Idle, Mowgli’s Road, Blue. Watch: Happy [Acoustic]
You Me at Six (English): This rock band has sold out some of the largest venues in the United Kingdom and virtually everyone in the British Isles is familiar with their work, with five top fifty singles under their belt. Favorite songs: The Swarm, Contagious Chemistry, Time is Money. Watch: The Swarm [Live]
It’s quite the experience to see British bands in their home country, especially since both Enter Shikari and You Me at Six are both far more popular in the United Kingdom. I saw them both at a small venue in Mesa called The Nile, where a few hundred people were at each show, but in their home country, they will sell out venues with upwards of ten thousand people. It feels great to be a part of both fanbases and get these different experience.