Ex Libras Pick Their Top 5 Unsigned London Bands To Watch Out For

Ex Libras Pick Their Top 5 Unsigned London Bands To Watch Out For

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London based trio Ex Libras are known as professional noise-makers and developers of the three-way handshake. Composed of Amit Sharma (Guitar / Vocals), Kieran Nagi (Keyboards / Bass) and Ross Kenning (Drums), the band are making their return on the music scene with a slightly different approach and stronger sound, giving us something sharper, and more focussed to indulge in. Their sound could best be described as energetic, with a thin layer of soft progression which will definitely get you emotionally attached. Once you listen to their latest track "Woe" you'll understand what we mean, and you will definitely want to add Ex Libras to your list of bands to look out for. 
 
 
Because we trust good music makers, we asked Ex Libras to give us their top 5 unsigned london bands to check out and they delivered. Scroll through their choices below and start bookmarking: 
 
(1) Caralis
 
Caralis is the brainchild of former Anison frontman Dan Frau. The music he makes is beat driven and electronic. Though his starting point is never in standard timing, somehow he manages to throw pop sensibilities all over the place?! Is he a wizard? Maybe. There’s little hooks everywhere and little bits of ear candy with each listen. There’s something effortless about the tracks, and even though they hop around time signatures, the foundation of everything is rock solid. So defo wizard... or maybe someone really good at LEGO?
 
Track: Be Automatic - 
 
(2) Netsuke
 
We played with Netsuke at the Camden Barfly back in Feb 2015 and they really moved me - literally, I was rocking my ass off - I wasn’t going to dance, because… well I can't. The sounds they make are lovely. Everything comes together in a very cerebral way. I’m usually not fond of the idea of people playing electronic music live because it could just be a laptop, but these guys really gave it something. Swaying and pulsating with each groove, and not a laptop in sight… well one, but it was the guitarist using it - as a footrest? When you play a show and you don’t know who the other bands are, it could go either way. Netsuke were an unexpected treat.
 
Track: Heliotrope - 
 
(3) Zola Blood
 
A few people I know are also gigging musicians, and every now and then you get the “you should check out this band I know/heard of/played with”. There’s social pressure that comes with this - Do I just pretend to check them out? Do I check them out for reals? What if I don’t like it? Do I lie? Or hope they’ll never ask about that again? Or what if I do like it? Is it weird to then ask more about them later? Or find out all I can about them so as to impress my friend with all this knowledge in a future conversation? So much pressure… Well, I heard about Zola Blood this way. Twice. First time I was still on the edge, but then they released the track 'Play Out’ and it hooked me from the get go. His voice is great. The sonics are great. Everything is great. I’ll be watching them closely, you know… stalking them.
 
Track: Play Out - 
 
(4) Battleship Grey
 
We’ve played with Battleship Grey before, before they were even Battleship Grey. There’s something very ‘on’ about them. They’re right out in the left-field. Comfortably. They toy with experimental ideas in a way that is the opposite of pretentious because they always seem to be about the groove or the way the music pulsates. It is music after all right? It isn’t an equation, it isn’t a painting, yet they are math and art-rock and dance-y all at the same time. Head. Explode. And they’re some of the nicest people we’ve ever met from other bands. Really friendly, really genuine, sweet, considerate, and of course, talented…. wankers.
 
Track: Tartuffery -  

 
(5) Three Trapped Tigers
 
My favourite band of the last 7 years. Truly. I watched their drummer (Adam Betts) drum for another great (now defunct) band - Optimist Club. When I found out OC were splitting up I made a mental note to check out whatever he (Adam) was doing next. And that was TTT. I’ve been a fan since the first EP and with each release they’ve never disappointed. Why they haven’t been picked up by a bigger label and shown to the world as "this is how its done" is beyond me?! State of the market I guess. People would rather hear one teenager mope after another than hear something that challenges them... but then again… Bieber Skrillex Diplo… BIG TUNE
 
Track: 11 - 
 
 
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