The Xfm New Music Award 2009
You picked the short-list, our panel of industry experts thought long and hard before deciding on the eventual winner - Glasvegas.
Glasvegas have scooped this year’s New Music Award, fighting off stiff competition from a formidable shortlist of ten. Despite the weather conditions making a formal get-together impossible, the judges submitted votes by e-mail and phone to crown Glasvegas and their peerless eponymous debut the winner.
The judges, who included Carl Barat, New Order’s Peter Hook and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody had the following to say about the Glaswegian four piece’s tour de force:
"Dark as fuck but full of great lines. 'I will be the angel on your shoulder, my name is Geraldine I’m you’re social worker'. Good line but made great by his phrasing", Gary Lightbody.
“The dark reality of James Allan’s lyrics sung with his distinctive voice are what makes this such a powerful work. It sounds timeless but could only have been written and recorded now”, John Kennedy (Xfm).
“… For what it says lyrically about social issues in modern Britain… This album will be seen as a time capsule for generations of future listeners”, Chris Price (MTV)
“I haven’t been as excited about a new band coming through since The Libertines or Kasabian. They sound, look and behave in every way I want a rock band to… The best new band of the last year without question”, Gordon Smart (The Sun)
“Heading that big, dark sound set for stadiums that will dominate 2009”, Mat Horne.
“It's a first class debut album in that it is memorable, passionate and well formed. Every track is a winner, leaves you wanting more and wondering what will come next... I wish I’d produced it”, John Leckie
The shortlist for this year’s New Music Awards was as follows:
- The Courteeners 'St Jude'
- Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip 'Angles'
- Foals 'Antidotes'
- Glasvegas 'Glasvegas'
- Laura Marling 'Alas, I Cannot Swim'
- The Last Shadow Puppets 'The Age Of The Understatement'
- Noah & The Whale 'Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down'
- One Night Only 'Started A Fire'
- The Ting Tings 'We Started Nothing'
- You Me At Six 'Take Off Your Colours'
So what do you think? Worthy winners? Let us know below...
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