Words: Linn Branson
Two-piece bands are well, two a penny these days it could be said. But while most seem to follow the thrash-bash drum 'n' bass style that was so successfully started by the likes of Drenge, Royal Blood and Slaves, Ostler have opted for a less frenetic course.
Based on the Hitchin, Herts and Cambridgeshire borders, indie pop duo Jared Checketts (vocals, guitar) and Luke Jones (drums) are taking a more melodic approach to their debut track ‘Lioness', which made its appearance last Friday (June 30).
Produced by Max Hopwood (Bad Breeding), ‘Lioness' melds elements of pop-rock with a tough of grunge on the side, largely delivered through Checketts' soaring, distinctly more-ish vocal.
Of the lyrical inspiration behind 'Lioness', the pair say it represents, "individuality, and how it can be hard to achieve - especially if others around you have marked out a more 'appropriate' path.”
Watch out for Ostler's first EP due before the end of the year, to be preceded by live dates in London and elsewhere.