Boys & Girls, the debut album by Flavorpill faves Alabama Shakes, is out today. The band’s rise to prominence has been one of the more heartening stories of 2012, and not only because their music is great and entirely deserving of all the acclaim that’s been showered upon it. No, we’re also delighted to see Alabama Shakes somehow achieving full music industry buzzband status, with their decidedly un-hip rock ‘n’ soul sounds turning up in the most unlikely places (like MTV’s Buzzworthy blog). They join the ranks of similarly incongruous buzzbands from over the years, musicians who’ve ridden a wave of hype despite being unfashionable, unmarketable or just plain unlikely candidates for success. We’ve selected some other such bands after the jump — who did we miss?
So, does anyone remember Lana Del Rey? Her 2012 buzzband thunder has been stolen by the unlikeliest of competitors — four unassuming musicians from Athens, Alabama, who are basically the antithesis of She Who Shall Not Be Named. There’s been plenty written about Alabama Shakes already over the last couple of months, both here and elsewhere — so we’ll just settle for saying that their success delights us, both because we love their music, and because we love the fact that such an unlikely buzzband can thrive in 2012.