May 24


Formed in Wellington, New Zealand in 2009, Bakers Eddy is Ciarann Babbington (guitar/vocals), Ian Spagnolo (bass, backing vocals), Jamie Gordon (drums, backing vocals) and Alex Spagnolo (guitar, backing vocals). Musically their influences range from Green Day to Arctic Monkeys and The Hives to Shihad as they present a new take on the sound of 90s/early 2000s rock, one honed through countless hours spent in their practice room and on stage. All lean muscle, sweat and passion, Bakers Eddy’s songs weld infectious melodies, sing-along group vocals and ascendant guitar riffs to class rock themes. Loud and heavy but accessible, they subscribe to Dave Grohl’s philosophy that bands are made by practicing in the drummer’s garage, not discovered on televised talent shows. Since forming, they’ve evolved from raw punk into a driving rock excellence. London’s Asa Bennett, best known for his work with Heaven 17, The Rapture and La Roux, produced their new single, “Wallbreaker.”


STREAM: “Wallbreaker”

May 10


Formed in October of last year, Athy, Ireland’s Picture This began promoting their music via social media and quickly saw their fanbase grow. In February, they announced their first ever live performance in Dublin’s Grand Social and it sold out in 15 minutes due to the phenomenal demand. In fact, the demand was so high, the gig was moved to Dublin’s Academy, a larger venue that holds 850, where they sold out six weeks in advance, becoming the first ever band to achieve this with their debut show. Last month, they announced their second headlining show at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, selling over 1,000 tickets the first day alone. The gig has since sold out and the show isn’t until mid-November. Next month, Picture This will perform their first gig in London and their socials continue to rise with over four million views on their Facebook page and 300,000 on their YouTube channel.


STREAM: “You & I”

May 3


Smith & Thell, the Swedish duo consisting of Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell, met each other as young teens at a local music event in their hometown of Helsingborg. Since then, they have spent their time establishing themselves as two of Sweden’s most sought after songwriters. They have contributed as writes on songs for major label artists that have combined to be streamed over 100,000,000 times already in Scandinavia alone. After launching their own musical project, they submitted the original song “Statue” to be considered for Sweden’s prestigious Denniz Pop Awards. With a panel led by well-respected producer Max Martin, the jury selected Smith & Thell as the 2015 New Artist of the Year, which is the same honor that was given to Tove Lo in 2014. The latest single is a taste of the upcoming and highly anticipated debut album due sometime this year which has been supported very early on here on Passport Approved.


VIDEO: “Statue”