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Formed in the summer of 2017, Indie/Rock 'n' Roll bringers 'Candidates' are standing up to deliver 'punch the air, uplifting' songs, in a time when there is so much noise - but not enough being said!
The band was created when singer/songwriter Steve Wells (formerly of The Vision, FalloW & Colony) posted a speculative message on the conveyor belt of voyeurism that is Facebook, looking for a lead guitarist and bass player to join him and fellow Newport Pagnell musician Neil Kenton in forming a new project. BLUE CABS' Jimi Cook (guitar) and Paul Pugh (Bass) responded with interest and a new chapter for everyone had begun.
With a mutual appreciation for hard hitting beats, rumbling bass, soaring guitars and meaningful lyrics sung with passion and a relatable vulnerability, these self-taught individuals quickly became a band with purpose, combining influences including Oasis, The Verve, Hard-Fi, The Stone Roses, The Stranglers, Starsailor, The Cribs and Skunk Anansie amongst others to mix in to one big creative melting pot.
In the short time that the boys have been playing together, their refreshing brand of Indie/Rock n Roll combined with a passion for playing live and (seemingly) effortlessly churning out catchy songs has earned them a small army of loyal followers and there is now a real belief from within the band, musical peers and new fans that Candidates are on their way to delivering something quite special for so many people that have been starved of a band they can truly believe in. Soaring sing along track 'Medicine' has quickly become a favourite with listeners from diverse musical backgrounds, with it's theme being about mental health - sadly more and more people can relate to this subject these days.
'Candidates' are looking for gigs all over the country in 2017/18. Come to the gigs and soak yourself in rock and roll, while rinsing away the aggro of the modern day to day"
In the coming months, Candidates have shows in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, Northampton Wellingborough and Oxford, and are adding dates all the time - you NEED to experience for yourself what all the fuss is about and join the speeding train.