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Folks are six-piece band from the North-West of England. They are Scott Anderson (Vocals), Michael Beasley (Guitar), Thom Fripp (Lead Guitar), Harry Gumery (Bass), Wil Akroyd (Keyboards) and Elliot Barlow (Drums).
Taken from Louder than War:
Last year there was a great demo floating round town. It was hard to get a listen to. Covert hearings down headphones at music conferences. A whispered buzz.
The songs were great. Brilliantly crafted with a great sound. The crackle of electricity, the analogue crafting of classic sound and great melody. Yet another twist in the English beat with a modern feel.
Folks are a Manchester based band who have crafted perfect songs, they have the rock n roll and they have the warmth, their songs ooze melody and the classic swing of the greats.
There’s not much space left in classic rock n roll, that heavily populated area once occupied by the Beatles, Stones and all manner of other bands but somehow Folks have carved out a niche all of their own. The Manchester based band have taken their own natural innate talent and crossed it with three years of graft, honing down their sound to perfection.
Every note is perfect, every nuance nuanced, every emotion covered. They have got a great raw sound, the right vehicle for the guitar rush aided by recording at the legendary Toerag studios in London. A studio where antique mics and analogue equipment really captures the primal rush of great rock n roll and the electric beat. A place where the old school two inch tape machines are made to sweat.
Folks understand that if you are going to make classic music you have to record in a classic way but that doesn’t stop them from getting a drummer versed in hip hop to give their songs a contemporary swing and a swing and take them away from being a pure retro operation. They have that classic northern beat rush about them but also the swing of classic rock n roll, that sort of over loaded valve amp rush of Black Crowes etc.
About a year ago their manager played me their tunes on his iPhone player during In The City music conference, every song was a piece of total perfection and that is just not that common.
Each song had it’s own certain style, someone really knew what they were doing with every tune sounding like a hit in it’s own right.
A year later and the band are ready to go. They have been doing some low key touring and the inner core of Scotty Anderson (vocals) and the brilliantly named Pete Fonda (guitar and main song writer) with full support from Lead Guitar – Thom Fripp, Bass Guitar – Harry Gumery, Drums – Elliot Barlow, Keys – Wil Akroyd, creating a full band – making it work beyond the dreaded backing band scenario.
Little is known about this band apart from.... They are a Liverpool band featuring James Skelly of The Coral on vocals in early demos.
Catch them before the secret gets out!
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