Written by Ava Butera
Our favorite teen idol, Declan McKenna, has recently announced that he will be dropping his debut album, titled What Do You Think About the Car? He will be releasing this compilation of boppin’ indie tunes on July 28th, through Columbia Records.
To get into the spirit of Declan’s album and music style, below are five artists that have similar styles and sounds as Declan. Also, since he IS an up and coming singer, hopefully recommending these artists will help everyone get into Declan’s music and indulge in his work as much as I do!
Sundara’s simplistic, yet fun music alludes to Declan’s sound. Both came out of the same English indie music scene around the same time, adding to their similarities. Sundara’s lead single off of their new album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, titled “She Said” is very similar to Declan’s song “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home.”
Everyone knows Jake Bugg, whether you’ve heard of him as being an influence from your favorite artist, or from his popular hit “Lightning Bolt”, he’s been involved in the indie music scene for what seems like forever. McKenna’s aura and presence is almost exactly like Bugg. McKenna has called Bugg one of his own musical influences, and one can make this connection just through appearance and music style. If you like cool, indie guys with great music, check these guys out.
Hippo Campus’s music never fails to give off good vibes to anyone listening. Their newest album, Landmark, has a similar style to McKenna’s last EP, If you’re into just straight up indie music with good vibes and even greater instrumentation, these two artists fit the position.
Ah, a favorite and major influence in the scene of garage rock/alternative rock scene. Listening to McKenna’s raw vocals, one can come to the conclusion that McKenna gains influence from this Kentucky-based band. If you like Cage the Elephant’s album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, you’ll love Declan McKenna.
Lastly, a newer band that has been on the rise since last year. Blossoms are an indie rock band from Manchester, England who happen to have very catchy and funky vibes. Just like McKenna, lead singer Tom Ogden has a raw yet nicely-executed vocal style. So, if you’re into songs like “Isombard” and “Brazil” by McKenna, be sure to check out “Honey Sweet” and “Getaway” by Blossoms.