Around six months ago, Newcastle indie-eclectic math-rockers A Festival, A Parade released their ‘A Piece Of Meat, An Irregular Heartbeat’ EP. Boasting bare-face originality, sorrowful charm and very subtle, underlying neuroticism, they quickly found their way onto the radar of taste-makers and bloggers alike. Though, with heavy buzz comes high expectation, and AFAP have certainly piled the pressure upon themselves for the second release to be just as new, exciting and innovative. And bloody hell, who would ever doubt them?
Immediately from the opening few bars, it is apparent that their illustrious sound has taken a more defined, mature turn. ‘If Dogs Could Talk’ comes with all the atmospheric, intricate and intellectual stylings which AFAP are known for – their mathy, shuffly, jittery drum patterns and left-field yet deeply considered lyrics are still in play. Though there is something a little more reserved about this one. With graceful, other-worldly guest vocals from Immy Williams giving the track a haunting edge, there is something about ‘If Dogs Could Talk’ which feels a little more thought out. Something more profound.
With their sound evoking early comparisons to The National, Frightened Rabbit and Preoccupations, the four-piece, made up of Joe Allan (vocals, guitar), Reece Spencer (lead guitar), Ollie Winn (bass) and Liam Tellum (drums), have already played a number of hectic live shows alongside the likes of Maximo Park, Public Service Broadcasting and VANT and their profile is only set to rise further in the coming months.
Something is definitely stirring in the North East, alongside the likes of EAT FAST, The Pale White and Seeing Hands, A Festival, A Parade are undoubtedly adding to the army of emerging bands striving to put Newcastle on the map. An unbiased tip from me: keep your eye on the mighty Toon – something is brewing up here.
A Festival, A Parade’s new single ‘If Dogs Could Talk’ is out now. Buy on iTunes here.