While some bands quickly blast up to the top of the charts after one release, others remain under the radar for far too long. The 2019 class of underrated bands includes indie rockers, folk groups, and more. Some of the top underrated bands today are poised for a breakout year, with a full schedule of tour dates and the release of new albums.
Good underrated bands like The Struts, Brockhampton, and Superorganism are expected to have a big year in 2019. Sunflower Bean have been tapped as a supporting act for everyone from Interpol to Beck, so it's about time they got some critical acclaim of their own.
Buzzworthy K-Pop acts like Momoland are also among the most underrated bands of 2019.
Which underrated bands do you think deserve more attention in 2019? Vote your favorite underrated 2019 band up to the top of this list, and if you think we missed one of the hottest underrated bands performing now, don't hesitate to add them to the list.
Albums: Zaba, How to Be a Human Being
Glass Animals is a British four-piece psychedelic music project led by singer, songwriter, and producer Dave Bayley with his bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer, and Drew MacFarlane.
Albums: The Wombats, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, Girls, Boys & Marsupials, + more
Albums: Everybody Wants, Young & Dangerous
Albums: Feel Your Feelings Fool!, How Do You Love?
The Regrettes are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles. The band is led by frontwoman Lydia Night. They released their debut studio album, Feel Your Feelings Fool! on Warner Bros. Records in January 2017.
Albums: Swoon, Carnavas, Neck of the Woods, Future Foe Scenarios, Well Thought Out Twinkles, + more
Albums: Nothing But Thieves, Broken Machine
Albums: Brutalism, Joy as an Act of Resistance
Idles, stylised as IDLES, are an English punk rock band formed in Bristol in 2009. Their debut album, Brutalism, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, as was their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance in 2018.
Albums: Bros, Fluffy, Blush, Creature Songs
Albums: How Do You Feel Now?, Content
Joywave is an American indie rock band from Rochester, New York, consisting of members Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Kevin Mahoney (bass), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards), and Paul Brenner (drums). The band first became known for its collaboration with electronic music project Big Data, "Dangerous."
Boygenius (stylized in all lowercase) is an indie rock supergroup formed by American musicians Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. Their self-titled debut EP boygenius was written and recorded in four days at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles.
Albums: Are You Satisfied?, Take Control, Acts of Fear and Love
Slaves are an English punk rock duo formed in 2012 in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, consisting of Laurie Vincent (vocals, guitar, and bass) and Isaac Holman (vocals, drums, and trumpet). Their music has been described as "British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs."
Albums: No Wow, Keep On Your Mean Side, Blood Pressures, Last Day of Magic, Cheap and Cheerful, + more
Albums: Lost Friends
Albums: Not Sorry, Warriors
Bad Cop/Bad Cop is a punk band consisting of singer/songwriter Stacey Dee, singer/guitarist Jennie Cotterill, basist/singer Rinh Re, and drummer Myra Gallarza.
Albums: Miss Taken, 2017, Tokyo Hotel, 2017, Dynamite, + more
Albums: Being So Normal
Peach Pit is an indie pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The band is led by Neil Smith, guitarist Christopher Vanderkooy, bassist Peter Wilton, and drummer Mikey Pascuzzi. The group melds teen angst with bummer summer vibes and quickly developed a dedicated local fanbase through their energetic live shows.
Albums: In Your Face, In Your Face (Again), Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Love Is Dead And We Killed Her
Doll Skin is a rock band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is made up Meghan Herring (drums/co-lead vocals), Sydney Dolezal (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Nicole Rich (bass/backing vocals), and Alex Snowden (lead guitar/backing vocals).The band members met at School Of Rock Scottsdale. Their sound is a blend of punk, metal, alternative & pop.
Albums: Welshly Arms, No Place Is Home
Welshly Arms is an American blues rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The band has been active since their debut in 2013 with the EP Welcome. The following year, they released a covers EP and in 2015, an album titled Welshly Arms. The band writes, produces, and records all of their material in Cleveland. Their name refers to a Saturday Night Live sketch.
Albums: Evergreen, Conscious, Don't Feed the Pop Monster
Broods is a music duo from Nelson, New Zealand, composed of Georgia Josiena Nott on lead vocals, with older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Allan Joseph Nott on production and backing vocals. They released the single "Bridges", which went to No. 8 on the New Zealand single chart, and signed with Capitol and Polydor Records.
Albums: Talk Tight, The French Press, Hope Downs