8 Jan 2015
BAND SPOTLIGHT - Piano Wire
They've played about 7 or 8 gigs, released only 2 songs, and they only came up with their band name around June time last year, but London-based band Piano Wire are already looking like one of the most complete upcoming bands at the moment, and for me they're one of the bands you all should listen to, making them well worthy of being our first Band Spotlight of 2015.
Although they only formed last year, this isn't the first time that frontman Andy Huxley and bass player Sym Gharial have been in a band together; they were part of the post-punk five-piece Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. In the early 00's, Eighties Matchbox had a run of high charting psychobilly singles, which is pretty great considering how unaccessible their music is to the average person on the street, but now the members are back with more accessible music which I'd probably describe as being on the heavier side of indie rock.
When I spoke to them in October, they cited the likes of Sonic Youth, Elliott Smith and Pixies as well as more modern bands like Girl Band and Slaves as favourite artists that are helping to shape the Piano Wire sound. Oh, and Eighties Matchbox. When I asked "Who are Piano Wire most influenced by?" the reply "Gotta be Eighties Matchbox" couldn't fail to leave a wry smile.
As Piano Wire, Gharial and Huxley have already released two songs; concise and catchy Society and the energetic blast that is Fossils. Although these are promising songs, what earmarks this band above the rest is their versatile and energetic live shows; the band members are experienced musicians but still very youthful, so a Piano Wire gig is absolute blast. They're tight and noisy, but also a lot more mature than they were as their previous band.
Although this band has been fantastic over 2014, 2015 will be the year that Piano Wire make it; as I write, they're working on new material and preparing for more shows across the UK. This four piece are kind of like a more polished, smartened up phoenix rising from some pretty angry gothic ashes, and every action they take in 2015 should be something you check out intently.
CHECK OUT FOSSILS HERE
CHECK OUT SOCIETY HERE
CHECK OUT A LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ARE YOU THE VACCINE HERE
(written by calum cashin)