Indie Pop Rock Music to Follow on Instagram

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Looking for some new indie pop rock music to follow on Instagram? Check out our list of some of the best up-and-coming bands in the genre!

The 1975 (@the1975)

Hailing from Manchester, England, The 1975 is an indie pop rock band that has been making waves since their formation in 2002. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew Healy, bassist Ross MacDonald, drummer George Daniel, and keyboardist Adam Hann.

The 1975 first gained attention with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2013. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and included the singles “Chocolate” and “Girls”. The band’s second album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It”, was released in 2016 and once again topped the UK Albums Chart. It included the hit singles “Love Me” and “Somebody Else”.

The 1975 is known for their catchy hooks, ethereal melodies, and Healy’s introspective lyrics. If you’re a fan of indie pop rock music, be sure to give The 1975 a listen and follow them on Instagram for updates on new music and tour dates.

LANY (@thisislany)

Formed in 2014, LANY is an American indie pop rock trio from Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Klein, guitarist Les Priest, and drummer Jake Goss. They have released two studio albums, LANY (2017) and Malibu Nights (2018). Their single “ILYSB” peaked at number 11 on the US Alternative Songs chart.

Hozier (@hoizier)

With a husky, soulful voice and a sound that blends indie rock and blues, Hozier is one of the most unique and exciting voices in music today. Hailing from Ireland, Andrew Hozier-Byrne began his career with the release of his 2013 EP Take Me to Church, which included the titular breakthrough hit single. He followed this up with his self-titled debut album in 2014, which featured the singles “Someone New” and “Work Song.” In the years since, Hozier has toured the world, collaborated with the likes of Annie Lennox and Mavis Staples, and released a string of well-received singles, including “Nina Cried Power” (featuring Mavis Staples) and “Movement.” His long-awaited second album Wasteland, Baby! was released in 2019 to critical acclaim.

Matt Maeson (@mattmaeson)

If you’re looking for upcoming indie pop rock artists to follow on Instagram, look no further than Matt Maeson. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Chesapeake Bay, Virginia has a style all his own, and his Instagram account is a great reflection of that.

Maeson first got his start in the music industry by busking on the streets of Nashville. He eventually caught the attention of Atlantic Records, who signed him in 2016. Since then, he’s released an EP and a full-length album, both of which have been well-received by critics and fans alike.

In addition to his musical talent, Maeson is also an excellent photographer. His Instagram account is full of stunning pictures that he’s taken while on tour, as well as candid shots of him in the studio or hanging out with friends. If you’re looking for an artist who is as talented behind the lens as he is in front of it, Matt Maeson is definitely worth following.

The Paper Kites (@thepaperkitesband)

With soothing and often heart-wrenching lyrics, accompanied by delicate yet complex instrumentals, The Paper Kites create a unique and beautiful sound.

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the five-piece band has been making music together since 2010. Since then, they’ve released three studio albums and a live album, and have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and their home country.

The Paper Kites’ music has been featured in a number of TV shows and films, including Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, The Fault in Our Stars, and more.

If you’re looking for gorgeous indie pop rock music tofollow on Instagram (and beyond), make sure to add The Paper Kites to your list!

The Naked and Famous (@tnaf)

The Naked and Famous are an indie pop rock band from New Zealand. The band started in 2009 and their first album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, was released in 2010. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number one on the New Zealand charts and number seven on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart. The band’s second album, In Rolling Waves, was released in 2013 and peaked at number two on the New Zealand charts and number ten on the US Billboard Alternative Albums chart. The band’s third album, Simple Forms, was released in 2016 and peaked at number four on the New Zealand charts.

The Naked and Famous are known for their catchy hooks, dreamy synths, and anthemic choruses. Their music has been featured in numerous films and television shows, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Gossip Girl. Follow them on Instagram for behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the band.

The National (@americanmary)

The National is an American indie pop rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitars, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitars, piano, keyboards), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Bon Iver (@boniver)

With a name like Bon Iver, you might not expect an indie pop rock band to be behind it, but that’s exactly what this band is. Hailing from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Bon Iver (pronounced “bone-ee-vare”) is composed of singer-songwriter Justin Vernon and a rotating roster of musicians. Vernon first garnered attention with the release of For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007, an album he recorded while holed up in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. The album’s success led to Vernon touring with acts like The National and Arcade Fire, and eventually led to the formation of Bon Iver.

The band’s sound has been described as “haunting” and “atmospheric,” with Vernon’s falsetto vocals and introspective lyrics at the forefront. If you’re looking for a new indie pop rock band to follow on Instagram, Bon Iver is a great choice.

Of Monsters and Men (@ofmonstersandmen)

Of Monsters and Men is an indie pop rock band from Iceland that formed in 2010. The band’s members are Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rögnvaldsson, and Brynjar Leifsson. The band rose to prominence in 2011 with their debut album My Head Is an Animal, which peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada. Of Monsters and Men have released two more albums: Beneath the Skin (2015) and Fever Dream (2019). All three albums have been met with critical acclaim.

On Instagram, Of Monsters and Men share behind-the-scenes photos and videos from their tours, music videos, and more. With nearly 3 million followers, Of Monsters and Men is one of the most popular bands to follow on Instagram.

If you’re a fan of indie pop rock music, then be sure to give Of Monsters and Men a follow on Instagram!

Imagine Dragons (@imaginedragons)

With a sound that’s both anthemic and intimate, multi-platinum band Imagine Dragons has won over fans and critics around the world. The GRAMMY® award-winning band’s unique blend of rock, pop, and hip-hop has led them to sell more than 12 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide. The group’s latest album, Evolve (2017 Interscope Records), debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the platinum hits “Believer” and “Thunder.” Their single “Whatever It Takes” from the album became their ninth Top 10 radio hit in a row.

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