“Brilliant debut from indie gutter poets…these passionate postcards from the edge demand attention” **** Q Magazine
Himalayas are an Indie / Garage band from Cardiff comprising Joe Williams (rhythm guitar and vocals), Mike Griffiths (lead guitar and vocals), Louis Heaps (Bass) and James Goulbourn (drums).
The band started in mid 2015 and in December 2015, having cemented their reputation on the South Wales Music scene embarked on a six-date UK tour comprising Cardiff, Bristol, London, Brighton, Manchester and Liverpool.
Sonically the band offer seductive guitar lines and hip bass parts that will groove you to the core, all driven by an avalanche of drums. The songs are fresh with a dark undercurrent and the overall sound is slick and melodic with lyrics that defy the age of the songwritters.
Performance wise, Himalayas put on an energetic, jaw dropping show. Their rapport and banter with their audience will make you feel like you’ve known them for years and you are guaranteed to go away huming their tunes and wanting more.
Himalayas debut EP – Ecstasy was released by Peepshow Records in August 2016 and recieved a positive reaction from fans and critics. The first track Cheap Thrills was also released as a music video to positive reviews, including the following from ‘Mix It All Up’ music blog. ” ‘Cheap Thrills’ carries itself with attitude and is full of energy, displaying a rather dynamic sound with intelligent, self-assured lyrics and brash guitar riffs throughout. We guarantee you that the catchy hooks throughout ‘Cheap Thrills’ will linger in your head for days. Overall, it’s already a stand out track of the year for us”.
After the release of Ecstasy, Himalays embarked on a heavy live schedule for the rest of 2016 that included shows in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Brighton and festivals such as the nationally acclaimed Swn Fest established by Radio 1 stalwart Huw Stephens.
Over the last few months, the band have been busy recording new material and the next single ‘Thank God I’m Not You’ will be released in May 2017
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS
Sophie and the Giants are a Retro Pop 4-piece based in Sheffield. They have worked with the likes of Natalie Findlay from Findlay, Jon McClure and Eddy Cosens (Reverend and the Makers). Influences include Blondie, Wolf Alice and Haim.
“Sophie and the Giants is the brain child of front woman Sophie Scott, who had an urge to play the songs she had written for years within a band setting. The Guildford four piece are sonically, wise beyond their years. Each song they craft is a perfect concoction of everything that’s wanted from music, whether you’re a die hard fan or a casual listener. Their hooks reel you in and the lyrics hold your attention in their expressive and relatable nature, painting pictures in your mind. They’ve so quickly mastered the art of having a sound that’s nearly impossible to pin down to an exact point. They’re poppy, but still retain an impressive uniqueness. Sophie and The Giants are unpredictable, in no way that’s chaotic. This is just the beginning for one of the most authentic and exciting up and coming bands that there has been for a while.”
“King Kartel reanimate the glory days of The Jam & The Libertines. Many bands have tried that trick before, but there’s something highly appealing about the Manchester band’s efforts” NME
“Simply made for a riotous singalong” BBC Introducing Mcr
“Cheeky guitar pop in the vein of The Fratellis and The Courteeners” Philip Taggart // BBC Radio 1