Congratulations to Coventry band Feet, who were recently featured on the NME website – it’s always great to see local talent hit the national press.
The band were formed at Coventry University in January 2016. What started as a part time “something to do” led to the band being picked up by Buzzy Yala Records, run by The Maccabees guitarist Felix White. From then on, the band have been delighting the right people with their own brand of indie garage rock.
Bass man Oli of said of the unexpected NME coverage: “It was really nice that they’ve given us so much attention based upon the fact that we’d not released anything for over a year before we dropped ‘English Weather’, and to be on the top of the front page for a whole day was certainly a surreal moment.
“I spent most of yesterday refreshing the page and consuming a fair chunk of data in the process.”
Feet play the Tin at the Canal Basin on March 8.
BLVFF, pronounced ‘bluff’, are another Coventry band that are pricking up ears.
Formed in late 2017, the band call their style of music ‘meticulously crafted dark indie pop’. It would be hard to argue with that and theirs is a style of music that grabs your attention and won’t let go.
The band have had much backing from BBC Introducing, This Feeling, Amazing Radio and Fred Perry, and their debut single Where Did We Go Wrong was released in November 2018 to much acclaim.
The track was recorded and produced by The Enemy producer Matt Terry, who was responsible for overseeing the creation of We’ll Live And Die In These Towns.
The band look set to release their follow up single SHAME in March 2019. They play their first ever hometown headline gig at The Empire on Friday March 1.
I set a competition in my February 7 column to win one of four copies of my new publication The Coventry Music Atlas.
The question was: what American superstar was stranded at Coventry Station in 2003? Was itAl Green, James Brown, Barry Manilow or Paul Simon? The Answer was James Brown.
We had a lot of correct entries, and the first four out of the hat were: Gary Knibbs, Michael Keane, Mark Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson.
Congratulations, please collect your books at the Coventry Music Museum.
Pete Chambers BEM