Will And The People @ Dry Bar

Will and the People
20th February 2009
Dry Bar

Journalists are finding Will and the People’s unique blend of ska, pop, indie, electro, reggae and rock a bit tricky to pigeonhole, but the incomparable innovation of this new sound is glaringly obvious.

Frontman, Will Rendle, is passionate about music you can sing along to. “For me, music is first and foremost about melody, I don't give a s**t who plays it. I don't care whether it's cool. If it's a good tune, it's a good tune. I'm tired of all these dreary indie bands who forget about melody. I just f*****g love good songs. It doesn't matter if they're by Britney Spears or Bob Marley.”

Luckily then, this is precisely what his band provides. Put simply, Will And The People have a whole bunch of songs which are Very Catchy Indeed. Your radio is going to love their boisterous, latter-day mash of The Specials and The Police.

Will and the People have written so many belters that the band are having major difficulty deciding which ones to put on the album. Certainly among the top contenders will be the delirious outsiders’ anthem, Weirdos, and the stomping paean to love and infidelity that is Eyes. They'll also surely have to find room for Salamander, the bounciest song ever to be inspired by a Thom Yorke quote and the ludicrously catchy People, which Will penned in just 10 minutes. The band's debut single, Knocking is the glorious sound of someone stuck in a flat trying to overcome intense paranoia. Every one of their tracks is a potential hit.

Not surprisingly, Will is pretty excited about 2009. “I've always believed it could happen for us,” he says, “but now it feels like it really might. I can't wait to get out there on the tour bus, playing as many shows as possible. We're gonna have a ball. To be honest, it feels like we're blagging life at the moment. And I'm going to enjoy every single minute.”

‘Knocking’, the debut single, is released 4th May 2009

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