Stalagmites are Brad Lynch (singer), Alex Hardman (guitar), Paul Chester (bass) and Daniel Jones (drums). The recent addition of Paul Chester on bass has opened the band up to a whole new realm of possibilities which can only be considered as a good move for them. Their début EP, Be An Animal, released last year, has gone on to create quite a stir within the blogosphere and has in turn created a buzz with major press and radio outlets such as the Manchester Evening News and Xfm, which clearly cements Stalagmites as a band that are going places.
I managed to catch their set at Black Lights EP Launch gig last week at The Ruby Lounge, Stalagmites caught my attention immediately with the intensity that they exude and their big sound. They are so much more than just your regular indie band. They have a darker twist to them that makes them so special, their melancholic tones and remarkable music ability to create something that can only be described as enthralling and passionate, means that you cannot help but take notice of it. Lynch has a voice that mirrors that of the lead singer of fellow Manchester band Mutineers, but the only difference being that Lynch has even more gusto and fiery soul in his voice which makes his vocals even more powerful and haunting.
The simply stunning sounds of Stalagmites wouldn’t sound out of place in an arena, making them a band not to be missed. Stalagmites are a band that have a lot of groove and fight, they are meant to be heard at full volume, a great band, in my opinion.