17. Strange Breed, “Closer”
If I was to pick one Canadian band to break out in the next year or two, it’d be Vancouver’s Strange Breed. This all-female, all-queer band channel Veruca Salt, Hole, and Sleater-Kinney on their excellent debut album Permanence. They are confrontational, political, and raucous, but also capable of a wicked hook, as anthem-in-the-making “Closer” suggests. Led by the powerful voice of Nicolle Dupas, Strange Breed bring a refreshing sense of inclusivity and positivity to the overt – and tiresome – heteronormativity of modern rock music. Dear mainstream rock radio: less Theory of a Dead Man, and more Strange Breed. Please.