- Billy Fitzjohn
BOOT WATCH: September Edition - Jordan Allen, Oddity Road, Crystal Tides
The Four piece have rapidly established themselves as one of the UK’s must see Indie acts at the moment. Since their support shows with The Sherlock’s they’ve gone from strength to strength as the moved towards their headline tour at the end of 2017. They’ve absolutely taken 2018 by storm with some major festival slots such as headlining the This Feeling stage at Isle of Wight Festival. On the back of being Gordon Smart’s Radio X 'Track of the week' with their latest single ‘Synchronised’ they’re looking forward to announcing a brand UK headline tour and we couldn’t be more excited for this. Their catchy, intelligent lyrics really seem to resonate with their audience, combine this with their bouncy riffs and you've got something pretty irresistible on your hands. Jordan Allen are one of the few current Indie-rock artists replicating the sounds from the prime of the genre.
BOOT RATING: 9/10
Described as 'an Indie Rock band with a hook and a twist' this Sheffield group have been on a meteoric rise since thee release of 'Handshake' which gained them a large following. They are due to make the most of their momentum by going on a headline UK tour in the Autumn which includes a huge headline show at the Leadmill in Sheffield. They manage to provide the youthful energy for indie-pop whilst giving it a darker, more mature flavour. Featuring Jack Heath (Vocals + Guitar), Dan Brennan (Guitar), Joel Gilbourne (Bass) and Ethan Lambert (Drums), the band are showing age well above their years as they aim to build an even bigger fanbase with their relentless work ethic.
BOOT RATING: 8/10
Since a change of name half way through 2018, Crystal Tides have not looked back. With their strong summery vibes and infectious hooks they smashed their headline show at Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth before releasing their debut single ‘Lifeline’. Already being played BBC Introducing Solent, this shows a great future for the future as they look to continue playing shows and using their current momentum towards dominating the UK indie music scene. The band says they draw inspiration from bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Foals and The Wombats and listening to them live, you can clearly see a hybrid of all three mixed with their music just with a modern twist. The personality of the band is personified by lead singer Billy Gregory and guitarist Harry Knowles who bring their dancey rhythms alive with an injected sense of energy.
BOOT RATING: 8/10