At this time of year we're lead to believe that music critics are drowning themselves in the latest sounds trying to discover the 'next-big-thing'. However, when blogger's buzz lists and hipster's hints begin to feature the same artists, you start to wonder if writers are just googling "2013 hot new bands" and copy and pasting pre-existing predictions. While some artists warrant repetition due to their obvious talents, others are only tipped because of the hype surrounding their original 'tip', rather than their music itself.
To break away from this tired formula, here are three bands who should be big next year. That's not saying they will be 'big' but it means they have the potential to be.
These are hopes, not predictions - and personal opinions, not statements.
Justifiably tipped by iTunes as ones to watch for 2013, Manchester's The 1975deserve to blow up when they release their debut album this Spring.
WHAT DO THEY SOUND LIKE?: Melodic yet moody indie rock with catchy choruses and a crisp coolness.
Crowns' debut album of sea shanty sounds 'Stitches In The Flag' dropped in November but should get its biggest wave of success when it reaches new audiences live. WHAT DO THEY SOUND LIKE?: Sailors having a traditional sing-song, in the best possible way.