Rooftop Vigilantes 

Lawrence's Rooftop Vigilantes may well be our satellite shire's breakout band of 2009. The kinetic four-piece has been earning mad music-blog love without so much as a proper album, a situation they're about to remedy with the release of an LP titled Carrot Atlas and a 40-day tour across the whole motherflippin' country. Recalling indefatigable acts like the Thermals and Oxford Collapse, the Vigilantes lay into power-chord pop with the frenetic spirit of first-generation punk rockers. It's music meant for tiny stages crammed up against participatory audiences – a stark contrast from the more shoegazey sensibilities of guitarist Oscar Allen's other band, Boo and Boo Too (though not entirely unlike his former band The Girl Is A Ghost).

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