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ORCHARDS + SOEUR + SHAI BRIDES
Things are most certainly on the up for Brighton-based alt-pop quartet ORCHARDS. For anyone who might be wondering why, there’s one word that seems oddly lacking in the description of many bands, but sticks to Orchards like glue: Fun. Charming, delirious, positive, big-beaming-grin-on-your-face bundles of fun.
Friends since childhood, Sam (Rushton, guitar) and Dan (Fane, bass) met remaining members Will (Lee-Lewis, drums) and Lucy (Evers, vocals) in their first week at university in Brighton – the start of a friendship which has seen them become increasingly inseparable and has resulted in the tight, family unit they are today.
To date, they’ve released a steady stream of standout singles including fan favourite ‘Peggy’, the ‘80s summer pop anthem ‘Darling’, and their surprisingly meta ode to the worldwide bee colony collapse ‘Honey’ – all of which feature on the EP.
These tracks have seen keen support from local and national radio at BBC Introducing, Juice Radio and BBC Radio 6 Music, backed up by critical praise from press including Noisey, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, CLASH, DORK, Wonderland, Indie Shuffle and a whole host of Hype Machine blogs and influencers.
Previously described as a “glittery gateway drug” and combining left-field experimentation with startlingly prescient pop sensibilities, Orchards are following in the footsteps of luminaries Everything Everything and Foals, though their personal influences range from the super mainstream pop of Anne Marie and Dua Lipa, through to the danceable indie of Bloc Party and The Wombats, to more progressive, heavier bands like The Mars Volta and The Fall of Troy.
Approaching their new material with a heavy focus on killer melodies, the songwriting process was intentionally conscious of that vital room being left for the melody to breathe, whether that meant taming a guitar riff or simplifying a drum beat, it didn’t matter so long as the melody was at the forefront.
“There’s more to Orchards than meets the eye. The band’s whip-smart math-pop is all glistening surface and immediate melody, but beneath this chrome-plated chassis lies a complex rhythmic engine.” – CLASH Magazine
“‘Honey,’ by Orchards is a great example of Math Rock mixed with Top 40 pop elements.” – Indie Shuffle
“Math-pop brilliance.” – DORK
“Atop sharp-edged, angular collisions, Orchards managing to cram approximately 5 killer hooks into the space of a single song” – DIY
“The quartet’s delightful dabblings in math-rock and incredible hooks has manifested in an undisputed banger that you’ll have in your head for the rest of the day” – Wonderland
Watch the video to ‘Double Vision’ here:
After an exciting 2018 with the success of their second EP ‘Fight’, Bristol grungepop trio Sœur are storming into 2019 with a brand new single “No Show” released on the 4th March, premiered by Radio 1 Rock Show’s Daniel P. Carter on 3rd March. The band will be heading out on a full UK headline tour to promote their latest offering.
Adding new layers of sound to their thick grunge guitars, the new single shares the band’s passion for melodic riffs, rhythmic precision and addictive dual vocals.
“No Show is about depression,” explains guitarist/vocalist Anya, “it depicts the hopelessness of trying to communicate and the futility of attempting to function or to show up for what life demands of you.” Guitarist/vocalist Tina has a different view “For me, ‘No Show’ is about the different expectations people have of life; theirs and other people’s. Sometimes we find purpose and meaning in the places we’d least expect, but we have to show up to find it.”.
The band toured relentlessly in winter 2018, selling out shows across the country and are excited to be back out on the road in March. “We love touring,” says guitarist/vocalist Anya, “I’ve always felt like being on stage is the place where I get to be truly and completely myself, it’s both exhilarating and cathartic and I’m not sure there’s anything in the world I enjoy doing more.”
Recorded by Jamie Ward at Seamus Wong studios in Leicester & Silk Mill Studios in Stoke, “No Show” sees the band expanding their sonic palette with a more focused & defined sound that captures their natural live performance.
“We were actually halfway through touring ‘Fight’ when we headed in to the studio to record our next batch of songs, it was all quite intense, touring one release whilst recording the next but we’re really happy with the results!” says drummer James.
With the success of the 2018 under their belts the band are keen to keep their loyal fans engaged with a string of singles set to be released throughout the spring and summer months.
“We’ve got a fair few festivals already booked in and they keep on coming so it looks like it’ll be a busy summer for us!”
Watch the official music video for ‘Fight’ below: