Words by Craig Pool.
Over the years, Sheffield has managed to produce a host of exciting guitar bands, some of whom have went on to global success. The Arctic Monkeys, Milburn and Reverend and the Makers have all represented the city’s music scene in the past and now it’s time for a new band to step into the limelight. You may not have heard of RedFaces, so here’s a little more on the band that could fill that role in the coming year or two.
Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock make up this northern group and it’s fair to say they are following some huge names from Sheffield down the path to potential greatness.
It’s not just their home town that links RedFaces to rock and roll giants, The Arctic Monkeys however. Alan Smyth, a Sheffield based producer who worked on the early Monkeys demos also produced tunes for the exciting four piece. From the sessions with Smyth came the first song that RedFaces would treat us to.
Katie Come Home became a favourite across the BBC Introducing scene which serves as a platform for new bands and the boys performed on the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park in 2015. The tune is a great example of a classic indie love song, with a catchy riff and lyrics of longing and desire.
The band recently signed to the label RCA and the latest single to come from the lively yorkshiremen is a step up from their debut. Kerosene is a bracing track with big, bold riffs and driving drums. Lyon’s vocals are impressive and it’s apparent that these lads can play, drawing comparisons to a handful of bands from Kasabian to Catfish and the Bottlemen. Kerosene could just be the track that sets RedFaces up for big things in the 2017.
Radio 1 DJ Mista Jam added RedFaces to his new names list and gave Kerosene some airtime, which is only going to add pace to the rise of the group.
The boys certainly deliver as a live band as well. The energetic and hectic performances make for extremely sweaty conditions all round. These lads have the potential to command big atmospheres from crowds who are willing to get stuck in.
Overall this is a band that should excite all indie rock and roll fans. They are growing steadily but RedFaces have a long road to travel before they repeat the success of bands such as Catfish and Blossoms.
Having a quick rummage through some of the current emerging sounds will give you a sense that guitar music in the UK is in a fairly healthy state. RedFaces are in that pool of talent and it is important that everyone dips into these new sounds and supports them.
The coming year is set to be a huge one for the next generation of British bands, so don’t be surprised if RedFaces fight their way to the forefront and announce themselves on the big stage in 2017.
Written by Craig Pool, you can follow him on twitter here.