On June 19th one of the UK’s best kept secrets, the brilliant pop-folk 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their anticipated new album – ‘Wildfire’, out on Glitterhouse Records.
Triggered by teenage obsessions with British power pop and Glaswegian indie dreamers, the stunning 12-track collection is a sonic journey of sounds, building on the band’s bedrock of urgent anthems, thumped drums, sweet strums and tuba, as seen on 2012’s debut album ‘One, For Words.’ Developing their sound, the band have fused their folk based roots with 90s synth hooks, huge orchestral waves and choral arrangements which they describe as “a blanket of voices.”
“We wouldn’t call it a huge change in direction,” says lead female Julia. “More an evolution. There’s a signature Cobbler’s recipe that we’ll always follow. That’s strong vocal harmonies, powerful drums, and hooky melodies and these are all still here. But the instrumentation has grown, that’s the biggest difference. Anyone that already knows our music will still be able to hear that Cobblers sound.”
As the album’s name suggests, these new musical flames flicker and leap in unexpected directions but at their core is the genuine warmth of a band who sing, play and create in harmony. Effortlessly moving between moments of light and shade, ‘Wildfire’ succeeds in its ability to move from the serious (like dramatic opener ‘Laws,’ and the dark narrative of ‘Sober’ – “the darkest song I’ve ever written” says lead singer Matt) to the joyous (the summery ‘Win Again’, the sea shanty cries of ‘St Tropez’ and the rich instrumentation of ‘Longer Than Gone’).
The uplifting first single, ‘Won’t Look Back’ rouses with an anthemic chorus about not dwelling....... więcej