Introducing Liverpool based 3 piece Sheepy who after a slew of singles from their eponymous debut album (hailed as a classic by Louder Than War) return with the ‘Wild’ EP on Monday 29 June.
The first 3 songs were recorded in 1 day at Elevator Studios, Liverpool January 2015 by Tom Roach. Mixed in London by Ian Button and mastered in Leeds by Tom Woodhead.
The 4th track Life is Like a Ghost Train was recorded in 2013 at One Cat Studio, Brixton and mixed there by Jon Clayton. This was a track recorded for the album sessions but didn’t fit with the vibe of the album [debut album self titled ‘Sheepy’]. It is put with these other tracks because it fits better. It is the same bouncy punk-indie sound but with more menacing and eerie overtones as is heard in the last 3 songs.
‘Wild’ starts with Luke Jones slipping out of his cage and trotting nimbly though the streets of Liverpool and ends with him bellowing from the rooftop of the Liver Building to an infectious soundtrack of fizzing guitars, ace harmonies and rolling drums.
On ‘Stressmongers’ Jones rails over a bouncing ska-punk beat against people getting him down.
‘Jeremiah Horrocks’ is a paean to the 17th century Toxteth astronomer who discovered the lunar Transits Of Venus. Another ska-inflected beat in the verses and a glorious chorus. Any other band in the country would release this as an A side.
‘Life Is Like A Ghost Train’ is a spooky waltz, like Gerry and the Pacemakers on a psychedelic comedown.
Sheepy are ex-schoolfriends Luke Jones (guitar, voice, songs) and Ollie Phillips (drums), together with Irishman Villy Raze (bass) whose hi-octane pop has been spun on the radio by John Kennedy, Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Mark Radcliffe, Tom Robinson, Frank Skinner and Dave Gorman.
Songwriter Luke recorded self-produced albums before teaming up with Blang Records and the ‘Predator EP’ was the first release, followed by the singles ‘Glum’ and 7″ ‘Another Day’. These songs received national radio airplay on the likes of BBC Radio Two, 6 Music, XFM, plus some national TV play on Soccer AM.
Luke was later joined by Ex Dead Class frontman Villy Raze and Ollie Fontaine to form a trio who put on live energetic shows, revealing mega catchy songs, tight hooks and lovely harmonies. The band played across the UK and Ireland and toured around Europe in 2012 and 2013 with friends Vamos.
With a growing buzz and fanbase, Sheepy’s debut self-titled album was released on Blang Records on January 27th 2014 with singles “These Clothes” and “Don’t Know Much” coming from it, both tracks receiving lots of praise and buzz. It will be interesting to see what happens with this latest release.
Next Live dates:
25 June @ 229 The Venue, Great Portland Street, London for a Discovery2 Industry Showcase.
5 July @ Wonkfest, The Dome, Tufnell Parlk, London.
Press quotes for their first album and singles:
“a melodic, hook laden classic – so adverse and unconcerned as to what is gracing the pages of the NME” (Louder Than War)
“Hooks as contagious as chicken pox” (Do More)
“An amazingly accomplished set of tunes” (Sounds XP)
“ I do like that!” (Steve Lamacq, BBC 6)
“Ace” Dave Gorman’s Blog (Comedian/Absolute Radio DJ)
“Effortlessly melodic and insatiably moreish… lo-fi, powerpop and post-punk with a massive pop heart beating at the centre.” (Sounds XP)
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