It wasn't long after songwriter/producer Gulz Dhanoya started crafting and releasing tunes from his bedroom in Newcastle that BBC introducing, local radio and Geordie Indie fans began to show their excitement for the new project. Gulz drafted in his closest allies and fellow medical students (Jordan Theodoropoulos, Andreas Brown and Charles Harris) to join the live band. This then led to sold out shows at The Camden Assembly, The Old Blue Last, The O2 Academy Islington, Ronnie Scott’s and more. Now, the band are gearing up for their debut EP 'Age Of Youth' which is due for release on October 13th. Our first tastes of this EP come in the form of their new singles 'Hold Soda' and 'Chimera'.
The former is a track fizzing with a bubbly Indie energy, just as the name suggests! The thick, funky bass line and scratchy guitar riff offers a dancey quality to the track which is enhanced by the fast-paced, shuffling drum rhythm. This instrumental tone rings of 00s coming-of-age acts like The Kooks and Razorlight as well as modern acts like The Royston Club and The Ks. The vocals have that perfect blend of passionate, love-drenched melodies and a youthful angst that add a little bit of grit to the sound. Lyrics of chasing romance are the kind that make you want to sing the night away in your favourite Indie club.
'Chimera' is an equally sunny and uplifting track, built off an instantly bouncy indie rhythm. However, this track packs a little more swagger as the multiple vocal layers create an audible camaraderie in the band and place a slightly more scrappy element to their otherwise refined sound, ringing of The Kooks' early work. The down-to-earth lyrical observations and cool delivery are reminiscent of the early Arctic Monkeys EPs but with a cleaner, modern finesse. This is another super fun Indie track that makes us even more excited for their debut EP.