Time flies and it's now ten years since Liam Frost and The Slowdown Family united to craft one of the greatest British albums of the millennium. 'Show Me How The Spectres Dance' made Frost a hometown sensation and, despite never achieving the truly mainstream acclaim it deserved, ruffled feathers further afield.
The concept, not to mention the sound, of Listener has changed considerably since Dan Smith launched the moniker for his solo hip-hop project some thirteen years ago. In the intervening decade-or-so, Smith has evolved his creative outlet into a rock band, but the material is still far from traditional and the boundaries are still being pushed.
He may only be three years into his solo career (his debut 'Harlem River' was released in 2013), but Kevin Morby is already onto his third full-length release. This prolific approach to studio recording hasn't hampered his ability to tour and this week sees him return to Britain for a headline run on the back of his successful Greenman Festival appearance.
2016 has undoubtedly been the year of Beach Slang. Their ramshackle take on the sound originally followed by bands like The Replacements has won hearts and minds over the course of the last twelve months. Originally the soundtrack to late nights and tiny venues, their music has managed to capture the imagination of even mainstream press outlets.
La Dispute are now over a decade into their career and their inimitable approach to hardcore has seen them gathering fans across the globe. While their studio recordings are explosive glimpses of a band in their prime, it's on the stage where La Dispute really starts to make sense. Thankfully, the band are heading back to the UK this month.
Two of Britain's most exciting young bands hit the road together this coming week, as Dinosaur Pile-Up and Lacey join The Xcerts for Motion City Soundtrack's final UK tour. The combined effect of the groups make this the Summer's must-see tour; tickets for all three of the dates are available now and proceedings kick off in Manchester on Wednesday.