What? Purveyors of spritely indie-disco belters.
From where? Liverpool.
What’s the story? Clean Cut Kid erupted last summer with debut single Vitamin C – a nutritious burst of indie-pop positivity that soundtracked student unions up and down the country long after the summer sun had faded.
With a voracious appetite for new sounds, the quartet are mixing up their love of Grimes, Shura, Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett into a cock-rock cocktail of blistering hooks and tropical licks.
They first formed when Mike Halls and his wife Evelyn cornered old pal Saul and self-confessed music geek Ross, bouncing their boy/girl vocals off the latter’s rhythmical trickery and washed out pop.
Now signed to Polydor, they’ve released buzzy follow-ups Jean and Runaway, getting a clutch of BBC Introducing tastemakers in a tizz - including early supporter Huw Stephens.
The quartet have since aired their sound on-stage via support slots with The Courteeners, Circa Waves and Shura, and are now gearing up for their first major US shows at SXSW, where they’ll be playing the Huw Stephens/PRS for Music curated showcase on 15 March (find details of their upcoming UK shows below).
Their next single, Pick Me Up, follows on 18 March, with rumours of a killer debut album due later this year.
Sounds like? The best bits of HAIM and early Vampire Weekend.
Predicted to? Be on just about every festival bill this summer, from The Great Escape to Bestival.
Must hear? Vitamin C:
9 March - Sound Control, Manchester
11 March - The Magent, Liverpool
23 March - 100 Club, London