There’s a huge buzz circling around this South-London quartet, and it’s not just coming from their amps. We caught up with the band just before they played a free show at BLEACH as part of their current mini-tour, to find out how it feels to be named ‘Julian Casablancas’ new favourite band’ after only two singles.
They reveal, “Rory Attwell, who mixed our first EP, emailed us with the news from Cult records saying that Julian loved the record [first single, Regeneration] and wanted to put it out in America. It all just sort of snowballed from there, so it’s all very exciting.”
The pop hooks that the band shroud in layers of distortion and feedback create a dreamscape that My Bloody Valentine would be proud of, with ethereal harmonies contrasting against droning guitar riffs. The unique juxtaposition of beauty and brutality reveals just how this band have been so able to make waves in the US after just one single.
This new recognition isn’t just happening Stateside though, with the band telling us that the crowds have steadily been growing since they toured in the Autumn of 2015, with some familiar faces even travelling cross-country to catch their shows. With the whirlwind of excitement around the band at the moment, it would be easy for them to get swept up in it all. Despite this, they maintain that their main aim is to focus on touring this year, and profess that they are “really looking forward to” their return to Brighton for The Great Escape at the end of May.
Before then though, the band are aiming to release a new single in April, whilst their album is all but finished, and “should be released early next year. We don’t know when yet but May next year seems like a good ballpark figure.” It seems the mystery that envelopes the finer details surrounding the band isn’t just limited to those trying to research them for an article, even they’re not too sure themselves.
In the meantime though, the band are content to focus on performing around the country, working their craft until they can whip a crowd into the frenzies recently seen in Bristol and Birmingham (it seems that Brighton is lagging behind in the best-B-named-town race) everywhere they go. They’re convinced it will come with time, and with the potential for a reverb-drenched hook found within this band, it won’t be long before there’s people bouncing off the walls during every show they play.
By Lennon Craig