Single Review – RedFaces – Kerosene ★★★★☆

Genre: Alt-Rock, Indie
Hometown: Sheffield
Members: Harry Lyon (Vocals/Guitar) Isaac White (Bass/ Backing Vocals) Ryan Laycock (Guitar/Backing Vocals) Charlie Yapp (Drums)

In 2015, RedFaces, a new indie band from Sheffield put up a demo track on Spotify titled Katie Come Home. It was an excellent track which helped them gain support slots with the Courteeners and festival sets at Stockton Calling and Mosborough. Since then, all their fans (including myself) have been asking for is, well anything. Another demo. A single release. Anything. And this month we were finally rewarded for our patience with Kerosene.

As soon as the track you can’t help but feel the last year of touring and playing festivals has changed the way RedFaces want to make music. Compared to Katie Come Home this is much more macho. With a Kasabian esque opening bassline and a punchy vocal Tom Meighan would be proud of, Kerosene is a statement of intent from the band that they perhaps now know where they want to be going with their sound.

Drawing inspiration from Britpop artists such as Damon Albarn and Oasis, RedFaces beautifully combine 90s indie with 21st Century alt-rock genres on this new track which gives them an edge in the market they will be trying to break in 2017. “Don’t you want to feel it don’t you want to know” leads fans into a chorus fit for any major rock band and everything on the track fits so well; combining genres, sounds, vocal effects  can often be a mess but not in this case, it’s quite frankly superb.Kerosene is an upbeat, rhythmic but hard-hitting song that leaves listeners excited as to what will be coming next.

Without a doubt, one of the shining lights of what has been a very dark 2016.

Catch them early next year on their huge UK tour.

January
20th – Stoke, Sugarmill
21st – Sheffield, Yellow Arch Studios
24th – Oxford, The Cellar (Independent Venue Week)
28th – Newcastle, Think Tank Underground
29th – Birmingham, The Sunflower
30th – Liverpool, Studio 2
31st – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club

February
2nd – Manchester, Sound Control Bar
3rd – Aldershot, West End Centre
4th – Bristol, Crofters Rights
6th – Brighton, Prince Albert
7th – Plymouth, Underground
8th – Leeds, Oporto
10th – Stockton, KU Bar
21st – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
25th – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre

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