With skyscraping ambition and the tunes to back it up, surely 2019 is Sad Boys Club‘s for the taking?

The North London outfit, who first started honing their craft as pre-teens in Bombay Bicycle Club’s shed circa 2008, have now come of age with a bold and ambitious signature sound – one that combines the bittersweet sensibility of The Cure, the drama of Panic! at the Disco and the glossy pop nous of The 1975.

The alt-rockers will support Hey Charlie for our second Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Saturday 2nd March, so we had a brief chat with frontman Jacob Wheldon ahead of their trip to the south coast.

How would you describe Sad Boys Club to a stranger?

“Oh, they’re my band.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“This really changes every week – today’s answer can be Cocteau Twins, Deftones and, as Pedro (bass/vocals) has finally fallen for them, The 1975.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“Our show at Camden Assembly was one for the history books.”

You’re based in North London – what’s your local music scene like?

“We adore Sorry, but otherwise at present, it’s absolutely rammed with mediocrity – which is fun.”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Svetlana Smith and Honey Lung are the two best new acts to listen to right now. Bangers. Bright Orange Spectacle don’t have music out yet, but they’re a band from Brighton who’ll soon command your attention whether you like it or not.”

And finally, what does 2019 hold for Sad Boys Club?

“We’re gunning for minimum wage.”

Sad Boys Club will play Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT at Green Door Store on Saturday 2nd March in Brighton alongside Hey Charlie, Dead Naked Hippies and Currls. Tickets are available via DICE.