Hunck Named Green Man Rising Winners
Green Man are very pleased to announce that the winners of this year’s Green Man Rising competition are Hunck! They will open the Mountain Stage at this year’s festival on Friday 21st August – the same stage that will later feature headline sets from Super Furry Animals, St Vincent and Hot Chip.
The 6 Green Man Rising finalists played a packed out show at the iconic Dublin Castle last night in front of a panel of industry judges that included Phil Alexander (Mojo), Molly O’Brien (Beggars Banquet Publishing), Michael McClatchey (Moshi Moshi), Claire Reilly (The Agency Group), Jack Shankly (Domino Records) and our very own Ben Coleman.
Festival director Fiona Stewart commented – “the judging process this year was incredible tough – all of the bands were equally fantastic. We were so overwhelmed by the talent tonight that we’ve asked each of the bands to play at this year’s festival.“
Make sure you catch them at Green Man 2015, they’re certainly not to be missed!
The Green Man Trust are very grateful to Arts Council Wales and the PRS Foundation for their support of the 2015 Green Man Rising Competition.
A playlist of all the bands is here
A North London trio who deal in fuzzy pop gems that Moldy Peaches would still be making a name from, Girl Ray shape their love of off-kilter pop bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement and Cate Le Bon in to a sound that feels instantly familiar and completely lovable. An endearing presence, full of promise.
Bustling with raw energy, Manchester-via-North Wales quartet, Kidsmoke, traipse a slow-burning path through layers of warm guitar-led instrumentation and the occasional flamboyant flourish. Imagine the likes of Washed Out and Real Estate had they grown up in the grey industrial surrounds of Northern Britain rather than sunny American coastlines.
A five-piece from North Wales, Seazoo make charmingly brash indie pop that throws together all manner of shapes and colours to deliver something suitably affecting. Like all the brightest stars in the genre, they combine joyful instrumentation with a melancholic undertone that gives their music just as much heart as clout.
the boy I used to be
The most poetic addition to this years Green Man Rising, Portsmouth’s the boy I used to be meld waves of shoegaze with more off-beat garage-pop charm to create a somewhat foreboding sense of intrigue. Inspired by the likes of Kurt Vile and Cloud Nothings, the band pack the kind of punch that can reverberate for days.
Heady slacker-rock straight out of London’s bustling heart, The Carraways are a young quartet seemingly inspired as much by the Britpop of yesteryear as more recent contemporaries such as Mac DeMarco et al. New EP ‘Orange Juice Dreams’ is a brash, bold effort that hints at a promising future for this emerging bunch of dreamers.
After a quietly promising first year, London five-piece Hunck seem on the brink of falling in to the limelight. While their initial tracks captured the imagination thanks to their dreamily somber outlook, their latest efforts are even better still; a magical, mystical meeting of Sonic Youth and Mazzy Star and every bit as good as that sounds.