Clickmusic Awards 2005: Best New Act: The Rakes
Yet there's one band who've managed to break through without the internet hyperbole or networking.Read more on The Rakes Listen to The Rakes on Spotify
2005 has seen a great many bands break - the melodic masterpieces of Arcade Fire can't have failed to put a smile on anyone's face; Test Icicles proved they could take over more than Myspace and had the tunes to back it up; Arctic Monkeys came from nowhere (well, Sheffield) towards the back end of the year, and surprised the world by entering the charts with their debut single at Number One. Yet there's one band who've managed to break through without the internet hyperbole or networking - in either Britain or America - and that's London's finest angular punks: The Rakes.
Not only did the band release their both eagerly anticipated and well recieved debut album 'Capture/Release' in 2005, but they've truly broken through: the utterly infectious, witty, and clever social commentary of '22 Grand Job' is now a mainstay of various TV music channels, and they've recently supported Franz Ferdinand on tour. Yet they've done all this without relying on cleverly controlled tactics: they've let their music do the talking. Where others may rely on image, internet communities and sheer hyperbole, The Rakes have slipped in quietly, and taken over from inside. That's why they're Clickmusic's Best New Act of 2005.