Up and Comers

Wish, Catfish and the Bottlemen, & The Beaches

Up and Comers is monthly feature of local, national & international bands you need to know about. Time to introduce you to three bands that are ready to take the music scene by storm: Wish, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and The Beaches.


The Toronto band Wish was formed from the collection of material Kyle Connolly has written over of the course of his time working with bands Milk Lines, Beliefs, and Breeze. Connolly formed a group to present this material and thus Wish was born. Their debut self-titled record was released on August 26th and it’s filled with dreamy, psychedelic pop sounds. Next time you see their name on a local bill, go check ’em out!

Take a listen to “Retro Grade” below:



We go “across the pond” as we take a look at a group of young gentlemen that are gearing up for the release of their debut record. Catfish and the Bottlemen have been together since 2010, but signed their first deal in 2013 with Communion Records and continue gain praise and attention with each single they release. Catfish and the Bottlemen have been compared to The 1975, with a little more grit.

Check out their latest single “Cocoon” below:



This all female group got their name from the area of Toronto they grew up in – The Beaches. They’ve combined all their influences: The Strokes, White Stripes, Metric, The Runaways, and more, into a sound of their own. To quote the band’s bio, they have “spit the kind of romantic defiance, youth rebellion and peer solidarity that makes these females such a formidable force for rock”.

Give “Strange Love” a listen below: