Today’s new music spotlight is on Gaffa Tape Sandy.
Location: Bury St Edmunds / Brighton
Line-up: Kim Jarvis (vocals/guitar), Catherine Lindley-Neilson (vocals/bass) and Robin Francis (drums/percussion)
About: Formed in 2015 by three friends with a desire to do something loud and exciting, Gaffa Tape Sandy’s popularity quickly escalated thanks to a series of incendiary live shows and a seemingly endless succession of instantly memorable garage-punk/rock tunes. The Brighton/Bury St Edmunds outfit’s brand of giddily frantic, high-octane hyper rock ‘n’ roll has already landed them support slots with acts including IDLES, Peace, SuperGlu, Bloody Knees and Indoor Pets. Their debut EP ‘Spring Killing’ lead to them performing at Glastonbury Festival, with their next single ‘Beehive’ gaining much support including Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 Tip Of The Week, before being included in NME’s 100 Essential Acts for 2018. This year has seen them hopping all over the festival circuit, from Live At Leeds and Liverpool Sound City to The Great Escape Festival and Latitude Festival, as well as their first international performance at Germany’s Waldstock Festival.
What Hidden Herd say: Gaffa Tape Sandy‘s searing melange of proto-punk and garage-rock is an instant winner. Just flick the switch on brilliant new tune ‘Meat Head’ – which has lightning-fast ramshackle allure aplenty, but also a keen eye for melody that makes it both hooky and hard-edged.
For fans of: Indoor Pets, Bloody Knees, Dead Pretties
Friday 20 July – London @ The Old Blue Last
Saturday 21 July – Oxfordshire @ Truck Festival
Saturday 28 July – Derbyshire @ Y Not? Festival
Friday 10 August – Norwich @ Arts Centre
Saturday 11 August – Cambridgeshire @ River Town Festival
Thursday 16 August – London @ JamesFest
Latest track: ‘Meat Head’