Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys got a lot of attention this year through their smart internet marketing campaign and catchy songs.
Debut single “I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor” shot to number one in the charts.
Their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, is released on 30 January, giving people the chance to see if they live up to the hype.
There are reports that Peter Doherty has recorded an acoustic album, which will be released in the new year.
Several other bands with albums out in 2006 have websites giving a taste of what they sound like.
The Long Blondes (www.thelongblondes.co.uk), who recently supported Franz Ferdinand at Alexandra Palace, have several brilliant single releases under their belts.
The Pipettes (www.thepipettes.co.uk) recreate the sound of 1960s girl groups with a modern lyrical twist.
They have been building up a big live following over the last year, and their album is due out in spring.
Luxembourg (www.luxembourgweb.co.uk) make what they call “pop noir”. They should also have an album out next year. With their intelligent lyrics and fantastic tunes, they are slowly beginning to get the recognition they deserve.