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Sounds of Sheffield: Check out These Up-and-coming Bands from Sheffield

Bands from Sheffield: Feral Family (Photo Credit: Manc Wanderer)

Gone are the days of Sheffield’s music scene being a saturation of Arctic Monkeys-wannabes. The indie scene continues to strive along with heavier punk and post-punk with exciting independent labels and venues carrying artists through. Here are some of our favourite Sheffield bands we would like to share with you.

Feral Family

One of Yorkshire’s favourite darker indie rock bands is Sheffield band Feral Family., Yielding the perfect balance between jangle and heavy with their clever post punk sound, they have already supported bands such as Yonaka and Strange Bones since forming last year. Things are looking up for the three-piece.

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Sheafs (Photo Credit: Lewis Evans)


Sheffield’s five-piece Sheafs are eager to bring guitar music back to mainstream popularity with their gritty, yet charmingly melodic indie rock. Bringing the drive of punk yet maintaining a feel-good energy, this is a band that’s top of our list to see live when possible. Their latest EP Vox Pop – a confident and punchy release, certainly sets them on the right track for bigger things in the future.

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The Seamonsters Sheffield Band
The Seamonsters (Photo Credit: Andy Von Pip)

The Seamonsters

Influenced by Pulp and other new wave bands such as Altered Images and Orange Juice, the Seamonsters are most known for their sugar-coated pop. Their most recent single ‘How to Be Famous’ brings the buzz of jangly indie whilst maintaining a slightly twee and sometimes dreamy aesthetic. They have already caught the attention of BBC Introducing and This Feeling. Providing all the laid-back summer vibes that everyone needs, they are certainly one of the bands from Sheffield that deserves your attention.

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The Reytons Sheffield Band
The Reytons (Photo Credit: Ross Miller Photography)

The Reytons

Over in the Harrington jacket side of the Sheffield scene is indie rock quartet the Reytons. Since 2017, the band has released three EPs and various singles full of witty, heavily accented lyrics and adrenaline fuelling guitars. Looking for bands from Sheffield to fill the void of old school Arctic Monkeys? This is it.

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All Girls Arson Club

Releasing their Dark Fruits EP through one of Sheffield’s coolest indie labels Delicious Clam, All Girls Arson Club harness riot grrrl energy through their lo-fi garage rock. Lead vocalist/guitarist Alice Seed, bassist Vicky Hayward and drummer India Garry are making sure the DIY attitude lingers in the scene. For fans of the Raincoats or Girlpool, you’ve just found your new favourite.

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Minds Idle

Minds Idle

Reminiscent of 60s and 70s garage and glam, Minds Idle’s psychedelic pop is sure to make you feel nostalgic and warm. Their Live from an Island EP, sounds just exactly that: soft, hazy and definitely surf.

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Thee Mightees

Thee Mightees craft lo-fi jangly indie pop with a charmingly DIY feel. Combining dry Northern humour with the easy-living feel of Californian surf, it’s a combination we never knew we needed.

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Dead Slow Hoot Sheffield Band
Dead Slow Hoot

Dead Slow Hoot

Inspired by Car Seat Headrest, Radiohead, and noughties indie, Dead Slow Hoot create bittersweet alt-rock. Their melancholy soundscape against humming bass lines and dreamy guitars is incredibly soothing to the ears.

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Zac Barfoot, AKA Sun Drift
Zac Barfoot, AKA Sun Drift

Sun Drift

Inspired by bedroom singer-songwriters from Elliot Smith, Chris Cohen to the Microphones, Sun Drift is the solo project of Zac Barfoot. After co-founding Sheffield-based Bingo Records in 2017 with Ben Hall from Mr Ben & The Bens and Lloyd Bent, he released his first EP Dumbo through the independent label. The EP features wonderfully soft vocals, cosy bright guitars: just the kind of thing to keep us missing coffee shops and their playlists.

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