Glasgow musicians included in NME 100 essential new artists for 2019 list

The NME has put together their definitive list of the new artists the music publication believes will dominate 2019. The international roster of talent included transcends genres and hops between locations. Glasgow is well represented.

Flying the flag for the dynamic local scene in the city are Free Love, Lucia, Rascalton and Snack Villain. Here’s why the NME believes they deserve your immediate attention:

Free Love

Incredibly ‘80s graphics of smooth slicks of metallics, icy, cool, and always gleaming bright. For fans of: LA Priest, Tame Impala, Metronomy. Minimal ‘80s synth-pop that darts from English to French in an charming bid of bi-lingualism. There’s something a little off-kilter about their songs. It’s not so obvious that it becomes the all-consuming thing, but noticeable enough to keep you listening in an effort to work out just what it is – the language-hopping? The needling synth ripples? – until it’s got you hooked.


The kind of band that have rock’n’roll coursing through their veins. For fans of: Black Honey, The Big Moon, Catholic Action. Strutting rock’n’roll that makes you feel like the biggest badass on the street. They’ve got big songs and even bigger attitude. Whether it’s front woman Lucia Fairfull howling “Why do you hate me?” on ‘Melted Ice Cream’ – a song about a broken friendship – to the swaggering riffs of latest single ‘Cheap Talk’, they know how to get your attention and keep it in a vice-like grip.


“Sounds like: If The Clash were raised on Buckfast… Their brand of old-school punk is laced with witty and sentient reflections on life in Glasgow, where the community spirit is lifting up them and a whole new scene. None are poised to breakout as explosively as this lot. In a time of carefully-controlled press roll-outs and major label funding, Rascalton’s party-hard and fast-living anthems are breath of fresh air. Debut EP, ‘C S C’, and the bolshy ‘Told You So’ is full of that chaotic and electrifying spirit, while ‘Police’ offers potent reflections on the abuse of power from those in charge.”


Snack Villain

Miles Davis parping away in an underground rave while the lad from This Is England raps over the top. For fans of: Arab Strap, Baxter Dury, King Krule. Witty, dour lyrics meet unusual and inventive sounds. This is experimental dance music from a producer who keeps his identity under wraps, so the music does all the talking. And – oh boy – do these tunes have a lot to say, combining louche jazz instrumentation with clattering live percussion and world-weary spoken-word (“I’m getting old / Better settle down”). He’s riding the 2018 jazz wave and taking it in a more indie, beat-based direction.