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Sounds Of 2015: Ten New Bands To Watch Out for

Start rubbing your hands together for the new artists to watch out for over the next 12 months.

From Beirut bluesmen to Brighton birdmen, the list starts here...

The Wanton Bishops

They are: Lebanon duo Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein, who bonded in 2011 following a brawl outside a Beirut blues bar, and have since fused their nation’s sectarian violence and crumbling infrastructure into a red-raw, Delta-inflected stomp. 2012’s debut EP Bad Rhyme infiltrated the blues scene of mainland Europe. Expect Britain to fall next.

They say: “As Lebanese, we’ve been having the blues for three decades. We’ve been living in this shit situation for so long.”

Why we’re excited: The dominance of the US and UK can make the blues scene feel like a staid two-horse race. Coming from off the map, with songs from the sharp-end, the Wanton Bishops are blowing away the cobwebs.

Watch out for: Debut album Sleep With The Lights On, due out in February/March.

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