Local Canterbury bands you should be listening to

Unified’s entertainment editor, Hannah Vango has rounded up some bands from in and around Canterbury that you NEED to hear about. 

Home to a thriving nightlife, revolving around bars with a stage that local bands and musicians use to show off their skills, its no wonder Canterbury has a great music scene.

From Pop Punk to Metal to Jazz and Rock, I’ve chosen some bands you don’t want to miss out on.


A local band who recently opened the Heavy Music Awards alongside The Fever 33, MILK TEETH and Black Peaks offer a unique take on post-rock, combining elements of atmospheric soundscapes, metal and prog.

Seeing Coldbones live gives you all the feels, with the intense musical talent, these guys don’t even need lyrics – don’t sleep on this one.

For fans of Casey, Holding Absence and Poly-Math

You can check out their debut album ‘Where It All Began’ here:

The Alchemy

Head-bang inducing and fused with raw emotion the four piece alternative rock band, The Alchemy combines big rock guitars and synth sounds to create an anthemic stadium sound.

In 2016 the bands music videos “Blackhole Passenger” and “Modern Age” were featured on Scuzz TV and played on Kerrang Radio’s New Blood show.

I honestly believe this band is gonna make it big, their sound, stage presence and raw talent is undeniable.

For fans of You Me At Six, Lower Than Atlantis and Biffy Clyro.

Check out the “Blackhole Passenger” music video here:

The Modern Strangers

This five piece indie/disco band is one to look out for, they combine pop music with awesome synth sounds and have become masters of the pop genre.

Up and coming, The modern Strangers have been supported by the BBC introducing and Radio 1, they’ve been seeing a lot of action having played at Big Weekend 2017 alongside Katy Perry, as well as their own headlining shows.

For fans of Tame Impala, SWIM DEEP and POND.

Check out their debut EP here:


This Kent Lo-fi emo trio Drawstring, combine intense instrumentals and heartfelt lyrics to create music that you don’t want to miss out on.

As well as being a generally awesome band, these guys have vinyl and merch available through their bandcamp, definitely worth checking out (Especially ‘Cool’ on vinyl, its epic).

For fans of Turnover, Citizen and Superheaven.

Check out their latest music video here:

Salvation Jayne

This four-piece band takes the tradition of Hard Rock and makes it their own, Salvation Jayne combines their Pop-Rock style with high-pitched guitar-lines and blend it well.

Their fan-base include AC/DC drummer Chris Slade and The Clash drummer Topper Headon, so these are ones to keep an eye on for sure.

For fans of Royal Blood, Nothing but Thieves and The Pretty Reckless.

Check out their latest EP here:


SKIES (capital letters, intended) is another band not to miss out on, this duo consists of Alie and Jericho who work together to create some rad indie-synth-pop-emo sounds.

Having had some great headline shows, they’ve also supported the likes of The Slow Readers Club on their tour as well as festival appearances.

These guys are gonna be huge, don’t miss out on them.

For fans of Bird Passengers, Owl City and Hellogoodbye.

Check out them recording the Enter Shikari cover that got them huge attention including from Enter Shikari themselves here:

Indoor Pets

Formerly known as Get Inuit, Indoor Pets will fill your ears with power pop melodies and indie punk (think Weezer for the millennials).

For fans of Weezer, Swim Deep and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Their latest release ‘So Soon’ is different to their other songs, about how even the most cynical can fall in love.

check it out here:

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One thought on “Local Canterbury bands you should be listening to

  • 29/09/2018 at 10:42 pm

    Top list. Someone knows their music..

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