Thursday, March 25, 2021

The North East's indie rockers The Strands Sing & Tell on their working class roots and new single 'Wavey'

After ending 2020 on a high with the release of their self-produced single, ‘Nothing Else’ and gaining support from the likes of BBC Introducing in the North East and This Feeling, indie-rock four-piece The Strands have just released latest single, ‘Wavey’.

Hi, we're Little Indie... and you are? 

Hi we’re The Strands! Made up of Dean Herron (vocals), Joe Copper (drums), Peter Kinmond (bass) and Kyle McCalum (guitar). 

Give us a brief snapshot about yourself and what brought you to where you are today. 

We are a four-piece indie-rock outfit hailing from the working class corners of the North East of England. We emerged onto the Newcastle music scene after the release of our single, ‘Made of Art’, securing an interview session on talkRADIO and airplay on BBC Introducing whilst also securing support slot shows with Larkins and BLOXX and appearing on the line-up for This is Tomorrow Festival. We released our self-produced single, ‘Nothing Else’ at the end of last year, and kicking off this year with an emotional new single, ‘Wavey’.

For those in the dark, provide us with a clue to your musical style and influences.

The Strands’ material is a generous helping of hard-hitting indie rock, akin to artists such as Blossoms, Sam Fender and The Strokes. 

Can you explain a little about your production and writing process.

We draw writing inspiration from most of the things we’re surrounded by. Relationships, our working class backgrounds and topical issues are a few subjects to name. We’ve dabbled in self-production before. Joe’s really good with the engineering/mixing side of things so we always demo our tracks extensively. We can get it the best it can before even taking it in the studio, then that’s where it really comes to life! 

Tell us more about your new single.

‘Wavey’ highlights the harsh effects of modern working class life as we push on through 2021 after feeling the pain and uncertainty that 2020 brought. Luckily for this song we got in the studio just in time before they closed due to lockdown measures. We’ve worked with a producer we love called Chris McManus at Blank Studios on a few of our past releases. He nails it every time! 

What do you have planned for 2021?

The next single is all ready! That’ll be out soon. We’re also set to play Hit the North Festival 2021 (all going well) and we’ll also be looking to play pretty much anywhere and everywhere after the nightmare the music industry has faced! 

Where can we hear more of your music?

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, etc. 

What social media platforms can we find you on? 

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // TikTok

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