Delivering an all-encompassing sound that blurs the boundaries between psych-pop, shoegaze and post-punk, Social Contract are a band to watch like a hawk in 2020.

The South Londoners are one of the most exciting guitar bands we’ve had the pleasure of stumbling across in a good while, cooking up the kind of hook-packed tunes on debut EP ‘Common Tongue’ that put the likes of Blaenavon and JAWS on the map.

Before Hidden Herd Presents brings Social Contract and more to The Finsbury on Friday (6th December), we fired some questions their way.

How would you describe Social Contract to a stranger?

“Originally a group of people with extremely varied influences, Social Contract were able to take the musical backgrounds of their respective members and MASH ‘EM TOGETHER – resulting in a pretty cool sound.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“Collectively as a band we all enjoy a wide variety of artists ranging from Tim Heidecker to Type O Negative. But overall I’d say the biggest influence on all of us has to be The Darkness – ‘Growing on Me’ might actually be the best song ever recorded by anyone ever.”

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

“We recently played a very intimate show for our drummer’s girlfriend and her mom and dad, and a very nice man whose name, unfortunately, escapes us. Really lovely evening.”

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

“I can’t speak for the rest of the band, but it seems to me that an amazing band pops up every time Bono clicks his fingers! I can barely keep up!”

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

“Hmm, that’s a tough one because there are so many incredible artists popping up left and right. But we’ve been listening to a lot of Do Nothing, Outlander and Squid in the tour van – all fresh artists who are doing some sick stuff.”

And finally, what does the future hold for Social Contract?

“Well, after a very busy year of growing up and finding our feet, I think we’re gonna play a few more shows and focus on writing the next ‘Growing on Me’.”

Social Contract will play Hidden Herd Presents at The Finsbury on Friday 6th December alongside L.A. Peach, CIEL and Hourglvss. Free tickets are available via DICE and Eventbrite.