From the tiddly plastic sachets that you drizzle on your newspaper-wrapped spuds to the sex shops that line Soho’s crooked alleyways, this country is full of sauce. Now it’s time to add a new Manchester four-piece to that disparate list, a band that are fast-becoming regulars of their exhilarating home city’s music scene. ‘Love Shocks’ – their recent independently-released single – is the quartet’s brand of hot ‘n’ spicy psych rock at its best, packing no-nonsense riffs, off-kilter charm and electric energy into an explosive three-minute romp. With Sauce firmly on the ascent, we caught up with the newcomers to get an insight into their offbeat world.
‘Love Shocks’ is a stellar single. How did the track come about?
“The track came about in a pretty old fashioned way: George had some lyrics, Henry had some riffs. We just played it over and over in our flat until we came up with a hook to make it worthwhile. ELECTRIC SHOCK was then born. We recorded it because it was what people were digging most at our gigs as a big opener.”
How did Sauce start out?
“Sauce began when George’s old band split and he began writing with Henry. Henry then introduced Lewis on bass, who he used to be in a band with too, at a rather eventful evening at South nightclub. A year later, Mr. Dean Molyneux arrived after original guitarist Sean left and became the best Christmas present Sauce could ever wish for. Happy fucking holidays.”
What inspired your name?
“Just like everything else, we stole the name from a poster outside Kraak Gallery in Manchester, where we first started rehearsing together. It stuck instantly, as it had a 70s psychedelic ring to it. It reminded us of Cream for obvious reasons. We were looking for a one word name, plus the euphemisms, bad gags, and potential for piss poor on-stage puns was irresistible. It’s definitely one of the best band names out there.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Tame Impala, Stone Roses, Mac DeMarco, Arctic Monkeys and The Vryll Society.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Paves are doing some good things. And so are a band from Oldham called Gardenback. They both supported us at our recent sold out single launch at Jimmy’s. What a night! Hope to see those boys again soon, we owe them one.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Sauce?
“2017 has been a big year so far and is soon to get bigger. We play Kendal Calling, our debut show with Scruff of the Neck, launch a new night at Jimmy’s, headline a charity show for Double Denim LIVE, play our first show in the beautiful city of Bradford and we have another special festival announcement to come very soon. Plus, we’re back in the studio writing and rehearsing like mad men, making very nice noises indeed.”