Since debuting on Amazon Prime in March, musical drama Daisy Jones & The Six has taken music lovers by storm. The adaption of the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid has captivated fans with the story of a young rock band in 70s LA as they rise through the industry while battling personal drama. In fact, the soundtrack for the show, ‘Aurora’, hit No.1 on the US soundtrack chart.
Although the band is fictional, fans have been gravitating towards that genre and style of music, creating playlists of songs similar to those heard in the show. So, here are some of the bands that emulate that sound and aesthetic that you can check out in 2023.
Greta Van Fleet
Breaking onto the scene in 2017 with ‘Highway Tune’, the band immediately garnered comparisons to Led Zeppelin due to the vocals and blues inspired guitar tones, not dissimilar to Daisy Jones & The Six’s comparison to Fleetwood Mac. With the band recently announcing their third album, ‘Starcatcher’, there’s no better time to jump aboard and explore their back catalogue.
Taking on the sounds of psychedelic and blues rock, New York’s Lovehoney showcase a style that blends both. The release of their self-titled debut in 2021 showcased their eclectic nature, from fuzzy distorted guitars to atmospheric instrumentation that create a beautifully layered soundscape in tracks like ‘You’ and ‘Liquid’.
Beginning in Atlanta, Georgia, the band released their 2020 album, ‘Love Potions’, following that up with the atmospherically soft single ‘Seven White Horses’ and the heavier rock vibe of ‘Blood Moon’. If you caught the band on their recent tour dates supporting Palaye Royale then you will know there is no excuse not to start listening.
Inspired by the blues and Americana sounds from the 50s and 60s, and soft rock of the 1970s, Bristol’s Elles Bailey put her own take on both genres with debut album, ‘Wildfire’. Since then, she’s continued working and developing her sound and style, with latest album, ‘Shining In The Half Light’ reaching the UK album charts.
The beautiful indie sound that comes from Brighton’s Black Honey feels like that of an updated garage rock band. Aesthetically, their music videos take inspiration from the films of the 60s, as shown in ‘I Like The Way You Die’, ‘Out of My Mind’ and ‘Heavy’. With strong fuzzy bass lines, dynamic guitar riffs and lyrics focused on feminism, mental health and self-love, they’re a band not to be missed.
Psychedelic rock could easily be called the sound of the 70s and Blues Pills are a perfect example of how to continue and live up to its legacy. Latest album, ‘Holy Moly’, came out back in 2020, and the Swedish group also recorded a beautiful cover of Rolling Stones’ classic ‘Wild Horses’.
This three-piece present hard blues rock with gritty vocals and lyrics that are fun and mystical at the same time. Their recent album, ‘See Where The Night Goes’, prove they are certainly not a band to skip out on if you have the chance to see them live.
Naked Gypsy Queens
In the TV show, The Six started when they were still in high school, just like Franklin’s Naked Gypsy Queens. Despite only one album and an EP currently out in the world, the band are already impressing music lovers with their loud, bluesy guitars and fiery riffs. ‘Down To The Devil’ is also now included in the track list for the Rock Band video game series.
A band that Gerard Way himself stated were one of his favourites when they supported My Chemical Romance back in May 2022, Starcrawler, hailing from Los Angeles, have been described as a blend of both Black Sabbath and The Runaways. The band have released three albums so far, including ‘She Said’ in 2022. With their energetic live shows, they produce exciting hard rock with a big element of fun thrown in.
With influences ranging from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, it’s safe to say that Saskatoon band, The Sheepdogs, know their classic rock. Recent album, ‘Outta Sight’, was nominated for a Juno Award, and as the band celebrate 20 years together next year, there’s a plethora of music to get stuck into.
‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ is streaming now on Prime Video.