Lincoln band The Rills named among ‘top emerging artists’ for 2022

A band from Lincoln has been named in the top 100 emerging artists for 2022, just weeks after a sell-out performance in the city.

The Rills, from Lincoln, featured on The NME’s “100 essential emerging artists for 2022”, a list which in previous years has featured big names such as Frank Ocean, Arctic Monkeys, and Wolf Alice.

Mitch Spencer, from the band, said he is proud that they have been included in the list, following a strong 2021 with their single ‘Skint Eastwood’.

Mr Spencer said: “It’s a total honour to be included in the NME’s 100 for 2022.

“It’s been a really great year, full of incredible milestones and pinch me moments – we’re hoping 2022 is even better.”

Their new track, Do It Differently comes out on January 13
Their new track, Do It Differently comes out on January 13
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NME’s write up on The Rills describes them as bright, “young, yellowbelly upstarts”

It reads: “For all of its flat-horizoned beauty and history, Lincolnshire has often fallen short of giving us some indie stars (Holly Humberstone aside). Enter bright, young Yellowbelly upstarts, The Rills, who pen guitar bangers about teenage boredom, smalltown ne’er-do-wells and living for the weekend.

“It’s a heady dose of reality and one hell of a laugh.”

The Rills will release new track, titled ‘Do It Differently’, on Thursday this week (January 13).

The track is from their upcoming EP, which will be released in the spring.

Talking about the song, the band explained: “Do It Differently is about embodying the spirit of creativity.

“It’s acknowledging your uniqueness and using it to push against a world that tries to pigeonhole you. The song is inspired by the TikTok generation and how they’ve used a new format to build huge communities in rapid time – taking control of your own destiny is a very punk mentality to us. Right now, TikTok is as punk as it gets!”

The Rills have amassed 40,000 monthly listeners on Spotify – an impressive figure considering they only have five songs on the streaming service.

Their debut track, Pyro, recently hit 1 million streams on Spotify.

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