Formed by Jen Bailey and Rick Hornby a few years back, the group say it was a shared love of, “lost romanticism, soundtracks, 60’s girl groups, 80’s hooks, good footwear, attention to detail, and the darker side of classic British guitar pop” that brought them together, and such reference points are certainly audible in the material they’ve released so far.
With inspirations stemming from early cinema including the 1983 American drama ‘Rumble Fish’: “Alienation and teen angst summed up and beautifully shot”, and the epic Maysles brothers’ documentary on the Rolling Stones’ 1969 U.S tour ‘Gimme Shelter’: “The most intense gig in history… Life/death/music”, the duo focus their energies on the symbolism within their music. Their influences go deeper still, homing in on specific imagery within art and film: “The theme of escape in both film and art is always influential to us, the whole ‘to the big city’ idea: runaway destinations, cityscapes, skylines, New York/Paris/London.” This is overtly evident in their sense of distance and exploration.
Their first outing ‘Killer’s Son’ first captured imaginations when it was released as a free download back in 2012, and sonically seemed better fitted to the saloons of the American mid-west than the pubs of the English north-west. Their first full-length release – ‘Do This For Me’, through Giant Haystacks / Fierce Panda – saw them dip into wistful balladry, and came accompanied by a remix from Californian psych-rockers Crocodiles, while their brand of poignant introspection found a fitting setting when they were invited to support Britpop icons Suede at the Southend leg of their UK tour last year.
After recently headlining at Matt And Phreds in Manchester, further support has come from BBC’s Introducing Manchester and, as they take their hometown by storm they will continue to make listeners dance with a broken heart.