There’s a storm brewing over this year and in its eye is where you’ll find Trudy and the Romance, concocting a veritable witch’s brew of lovelorn sea shanties and mutant rockabilly pop for all the doo-wop digging rockers who thought these isles would never be hip and happening again.
Their march into infamy has not been a long one. Throughout the past year each successive release has earned them new acolytes in the press and on the wireless. They were part of DIY‘s class of 2017 as well as NME‘s round up of acts to explode this year. Strong support has come from Radio 1, Radio X, Beats 1 and 6Music (where they were Steve Lamacq’s artist of the week) and fashion tastemakers i-D have also sung their praise. Not content to claw their hooks in the media alone, Trudy and the Romance have caused a pestilential stir on the Spotify viral charts, clawing up to #7 with the salty six-stringed soul of ‘He Sings’.
“Sounding like a cross between Nick Cave and The Strokes… this track is extraordinarily upbeat” – The Independent
Watch the video for ‘Behave’ below:
Plus support from QUINN
Rock music has rarely sounded as bittersweet and contradictory as when it’s in the hands of Sam Lambeth.
Something of an underground figurehead (Lambeth has spent years reviewing bands, putting on gigs, performing DJ sets and, of course, gigging in numerous groups), he has an unwavering ability to match up-tempo, sun-kissed tunes with more wistful, contemplative lyrics. The words make you remember, the music makes you forget. With Quinn’s second EP, Crush, Lambeth has got the measurements just right.
The band’s debut EP, Seems Fine, led to support slots with We Are Scientists, Evan Dando, Johnny Lloyd, INHEAVEN and Teleman, as well as radio play and solid reviews.
With its bear-hug guitars, summery harmonies and jangly riffs, Crush is more than just a fleeting romance. “Nostalgia is a compelling liar,” Lambeth says, “but revisiting my adolescence has hopefully made songs people can connect to.”
Watch the video for ‘Amanda Knocks’ below:
Plus support from DEAF BALLOONS
With a range of influences including; Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Guided By Voices, New Order and Sonic Youth, Wolverhampton four-piece Deaf Balloons deftly steer between melodic pop hooks and driving grunge riffs that will leave your ears ringing for days.
Listen to ‘All Your Friends’ below:
Plus support from HANKKS
HANKKS are an indie/punk band consisting of Ben James and Jacob Evitts forming a song writing and vocal partnership with brothers James and Harry Davison adding their own thing to the mix. The band gets its name from a shared admiration of the fantastic music man that is Tom Hanks. Following the release of their debut EP Wilsonand receiving radio play from the likes of BBC Introducing, Virgin Radio and Amazing Radio plus support slots with bands such as SKATERS and The Amazons, things are certainly looking promising for HANKKS.
Watch the video for ‘Crisps’ below: