No one would peg Cardiff as a hotbed of aggressive, bass-heavy rock. But once Future of the Left get their music heard, it'll be hard to imagine why this Welsh city wasn't on our musical radar before.
Made up of members of Mclusky and Jarcrew, FOTL are unapologetically loud, brash and in your face. Their debut disc, Curses, is a fantastic mix of infectious hostile choruses, loud, crunchy tones and odd guitar noises.
The Lord Hates A Coward, the brilliant fist-pumping opener, owes its charm to singer Andy Falkous's repetitive 'Violence she owns everything' lyric, while Plague Of Onces stands out for its blistering Rage Against the Machine-like chorus and ear-splitting riffs.