What’s better than listening to new music by an old favourite? Listening to new music by someone you’ve never heard before! In this series, Local Heroes, we’ll pulling back the covers on areas that might not get the attention they should
The Lapelles – East Kilbride
This five-piece from East Kilbride are beginning to build up quite a loyal fan base around Glasgow with their exhilarating live performances. They may be young (between the ages of 19 and 21) but these guys are starting to develop a sound good enough to make them stand out from the crowd in the local music scene.
Their double AA single released in December last year, featuring ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Snakehips’, shows just what the band are capable of. Both songs are fantastic indie anthems, full of catchy guitar riffs with an impressive vocal delivery from frontman Gary Watson. This isn’t just your standard radio-friendly indie pop though; there’s a sneering, post-punk aggression about their sound that gives it a thrilling sense of malevolence. Combine this with their fiery, energetic live performances and you’ve got a band who exude a compulsive sense of youthful chaos and swagger.
The Bright Black – Manchester
The Bright Black have burst onto the scene in Manchester, impressing many with their fusion of funk and pop. Debut EP ”Up Not Down” features all these influences and elements that make the Bright Black an exciting and unique band.
EP opener ”Ink” is the dancefloor filler; funky bass lines and blues guitars give singer Travis Yates the platform to shine with his melodic pop vocals. ”Ain’t Thinkin About That” shows another side to the Bright Black: a delicate love ballad reminiscent of Tracy Chapman. This band is unique and versatile as well as cool and hip.
The Black Bullets – London
Watching The Black Bullets take the stage is mesmerising. It’s five cartoon characters in a travelling rock and roll circus. Carl on drums is the glue in the band, a real master of his craft holding down every beat, while Alex on bass is like a punk rock pinball. Billy on vocals is an intoxicating front man to watch, while Skinny Pete and Lance give the band guitar licks full of spine crushing riffs and solos.
The band is really perfecting keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive and not in an nostalgic pub-rock sense. They are rock n roll in the truest definition, with sleaze, punk and blues chucked into the mix it creates an intoxicating outcome.
Gramercy Park – Sheffield
Some real talent is currently being churned out of Sheffield in recent days, amongst the incoming wave are the dynamic three piece rock outfit; Gramercy Park. Following some changes, the line-up has been reinvented as Tom Galton -Vocals/Guitar, Will Stocks – Bass, and Rich Hunter – Drums.
They inventively blend key elements of vintage style rock n roll with modern strong songwriting, whilst also simultaneously bearing their Northern souls with a strong vocal presence courtesy of frontman Tom Galton. Their eclectic rock identity readily counts Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and The War On Drugs amongst many others as key influences. They are already completing a tour of the UK, whilst aiming to reach out to a larger audience with their promising current song ‘Hanging FromThe Edge’.
Daniel Eagle – Southampton
Dan Eagles is a young artist from Southampton who goes up on stage with just him and his trusty acoustic guitar. Writing songs varying from emotional to humorous he follows a similar style to the likes of Frank Turner and Billy Brag. With a tour playing pubs and café’s across the country coming up in May and a fantastic on stage persona, Dan should leave a lot of people with smiles across their faces.
Header photo by Daphne Michalaki