THE BANDS IN OUR FINAL 40


This list includes embedded videos and details of how each artist was selected. For a straightforward list of links to bands’ own sites, click here or check our own Myspace top friends.

Purchase links: iTunes; Amazon A to M; Amazon N to Z.

The whole list is on iTunes but Amazon have dropped the price of nearly all of those that are there to 49p.

The iTunes link has 30-second previews of the tracks, but the easiest way to preview them in full is on our Myspace playlist – there are also playlists on Youtube and Spotify.

We can’t do this on our own, please tell your friends and invite and suggest to our Facebook group and page.

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Overall, twenty acts have been chosen by public vote – this was a randomised poll, not just a question of who had the most friends – and twenty by the Storm the Charts panel. The panel is the same group who listened to thousands of demos for Glastonbury Festival from 2004-2007. In all but the first week they were assisted by invited guest panelists – we’re proud to say these have included included Huw Stephens (of BBC Radio One and Swn Festival), Tracy Morter (of the RATM for Christmas number 1 and Save 6 Music campaigns), Sofia Hagberg (of End of the Road festival), Emily Eavis and Steve Henwood (of Glastonbury Festivals), Gareth Main of Bearded Magazine, Louise Dodgson of the Unsigned Guide, Adam Brooks of Warp Records, and Louise Kattenhorn, former producer for John Peel.

The criteria for consideration were that artists had to be on independent labels, or otherwise unsigned, and never to have charted in the UK top 40 before. Click any artist’s name for their myspace or main link. These are the songs we’re going to try to take to the chart – download your favourites or as many as you can from 27th June.

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Tom Williams and the Boat – Concentrate

Tom Williams and the Boat were selected by Louise Kattenhorn from our panel shortlist

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Foxes! – Who Killed Rob?

Foxes! were selected by the public vote.

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Imp – Party

Imp were selected by public vote

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Steven Finn – Hail to the Thief

Steven Finn was selected by Louise Kattenhorn from our panel’s shortlist.

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My Luminaries – Parasol

My Luminaries were selected by public vote

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Penny Black – Green

Penny Black was chosen by public vote in our polls

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Donna Maciocia – Fists at the Sky

Donna Maciocia was chosen by public vote

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Seven Summers

Seven Summers were chosen by public vote

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A Band Called Quinn – DIY

A Band Called Quinn were selected by public vote

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Runaround Kids – Lois Interprets

Runaround Kids were selected by public vote

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Yves Klein Blue – Polka

Yves Klein Blue were selected by the Storm panel and Adam Brooks.

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Random Connection Quest – Acid Natsuiruka

Random Connection Quest were selected by the Storm panel and Adam Brooks.

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The Portland Authority – A New Year

The Portland Authority were selected by public vote

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Miyagi – Cry Cry Cry

Miyagi were selected by public vote

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AC & Terra – Get Rowdy (Desi Refix)

AC & Terra were selected by the Storm panel and Louise Dodgson

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Keston Cobblers’ Club – You Go

Keston Cobblers Club were selected by the Storm panel and Louise Dodgson

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Middleman – Good To Be Back

Middleman were selected by public vote.

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Rubika – Robots

Rubika were selected by public vote.

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Toob – Unsound Skin

Toob were selected by the Storm panel and Gareth Main

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Mental Health – Bombastic Mind

Mental Health were chosen by the Storm panel and Gareth Main

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Gabby Young and Other Animals

Gabby Young and Other Animals were chosen by the Storm panel and Emily Eavis

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The Banana Sessions – Jukebox

The Banana Sessions were chosen by the Storm Panel and Steve Henwood

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REVERE

REVERE were chosen by public vote in polls at stormthecharts.com

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Olivia Broadfield – Don’t Cry

Olivia Broadfield was chosen by public vote in polls at stormthecharts.com.

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Inconsiderate Parking – Locked Out

Inconsiderate Parking were selected by the Storm panel and Sofia Hagberg.

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Air Castles – Broken Watches

Air Castles were selected by the Storm panel and Sofia Hagberg.

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The Grave Architects – The Bike Song

The Grave Architects were selected by public vote.

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Ardentjohn – Follow Me

Ardent John were selected by public vote.

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Morton Valence – Chandelier


Morton Valence were selected by our panel and Huw Stephens

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Steveless – The Obligatory Love Song


Steveless were selected by our panel and Huw Stephens

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Missing Andy – The Way We’re Made (Made in England)


Missing Andy were selected by public vote.

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Pocket Satellite – Toy Train


Pocket Satellite were selected by public vote.

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Woodpigeon – And As The Ship Went Down, You’d Never Looked Finer


Woodpigeon hail from Canada and are represented by End of the Road records in the UK. Woodpigeon were selected for our list by the Storm panel and Tracy Morter

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Zoey van Goey – We Don’t Have That Kind of Bread


Zoey van Goey are based in Glasgow. This is where they got their name from. Zoey van Goey were selected for our list by the Storm panel and Tracy Morter.

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Stephen Langstaff – I Saw The Angels


Stephen Langstaff is from Liverpool and had some support early on in our project from the Liverpool Acoustic website. Stephen was selected by public vote.

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The Lovedays – House of Cards


The Lovedays are from Kent, are currently unsigned, and were selected by public vote.

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Shrag – Rabbit Kids


Shrag are based in London and Brighton… they were chosen by the Storm panel. Here’s a remix of Rabbit Kids:
Rabbit Kids (Tony Tronic Remix) mp3 by tonytronic

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Heavy Load – Bruce Forsyth


Heavy Load are cult figures on the disability arts scene, and ask if they’re ‘the UK’s only disabled punk band?’. Storm the Charts would love to put them in the charts.. their track ‘Bruce Forsyth’, which muses on mortality and the longevity of celebrity, was selected by our panel.

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Alex Dingley – Doors


They say: ‘we include amounst our aims :- getting signed, playing sell out gigs and going on tour with someone our parents have heard of……but ultimately we want to be able to keep making the music that turns US on.’ That is the Storm the Charts spirit in a nutshell. Why should anyone have to stop doing what turns them on for any of that… Alex Dingley and his band were selected by our panel.

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Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo – Nostalgia

Emily’s track will be familiar to some. The song has been used as the theme of Wallander and has already garnered critical acclaim. But being thought of as excellent was never grounds for exclusion, and try and tell us anything you’ll hear in the charts any other week is this beautiful… Emily’s song was selected by our panel.

8 Responses to “THE BANDS IN OUR FINAL 40”

  1. So what happens now?
    Is there still a public vote going on? I can’t seem to find any details – so if you could let me know that’d be great.

    Thanks
    Suzie

  2. Hi Sue – yes still going on for weeks yet! Links at top right ‘How to Vote’ and ‘How Bands are Chosen’ – also on the top post of this blog at http://stormthecharts.wordpress.com – please keep listening and voting at http://stormthecharts.com.

    Wes

  3. I’ve had a scroll through and so far about eight of my favourites are in the final forty with four more spaces yet to be filled :D

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  6. amelia mullins Says:

    GABBY YOUNG AND OTHER ANIMALS ARE JUST BLOODY BRILLIANT>
    what a voice, that song just leaves me breathless….every one vote!! they NEED to be in the charts xx

    • No voting any more. Gabby and the other 39 are all winners. Just get all your favourites or as many as you can!

      Amazon A to M
      Amazon N to Z
      songs not on Amazon
      everything on iTunes

  7. lauren badiali Says:

    Just heard ‘all in this together ‘ by Gabby young and other animals…AMAZING

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