Featuring driving indie guitar lines, distinctive vocals and engaging lyrics, Ethan Barnett aka Ten Tonnes has managed to stand out from the pack of singer-songwriters. His ‘Born to Lose’ EP released in June harks back to the peak of indie-rock music, and was produced by Hugo White of the Maccabees, receiving praise from taste makers including NME and the Line of Best Fit.

At only 19 years old, Ten Tonnes puts his inspiration down to bands such as the Beatles and The Smiths, blending old-school rock & roll with newer indie and singer-songwriter influences. ‘Born to Lose’ showcases the artist’s versatility. Barnett’s vocals are reminiscent of bands such as the Vaccines and sit comfortably over the upbeat and bluesy ‘Born to Lose’ and ‘Silver Heat’ as well as the acoustic guitar based ‘Love Me to Death’, which will have everyone swaying wistfully in their kitchens. The younger brother of George Ezra, Barnett differs significantly in musical style but the sharp lyrics and distinctive vocal style bear similarity to his elder.

Barnett’s ‘Cracks Between’ was released in September and has racked up over half a million plays on Spotify already – an infectious indie-infused banger that will make you want to blow the dust off your old air guitar and take to the stage. With his energetic and refreshing sound, Ten Tonnes is definitely one to watch in the New Year.

Joe Bell, Rare FM