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Formed by two cousins and a school friend nearly a decade ago, LIPA graduates Idle Frets look set to emulate the success of previous alumni such as Circa Waves, The Staves, The Wombats and Dan Croll having played alongside The 1975, Catfish, Blossoms, and many more.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen, Sundara Karma and Peace, they have an alt-rock indie sound with layered synths, a beat that won’t quit and Nile Rogers referencing guitar riffs. Idle Frets front man, Ben Davies, says: “In terms of our sound, it’s a question we really don’t like to answer and we never know what to say – we’ve always seemed to slip into saying we’re an indie rock band, but it’s more textural than that, especially with the new outfit, a really different and fresh sound.” Just listening to their range of already released tracks, you can definitely hear exactly what Davies is referring to as they oscillate between different tones and moods. Davies goes on to add, “We like to write honest songs about things the average listener can get – something people can understand and connect with.”
The Chester natives are now gearing up to release new music including latest single ‘Talk About You’, a deliciously urgent slice of indie-rock - playing out like a one-way conversation to a former love, set against crashing guitars and a thumping bass. Frontman Ben Davies’ candid lyricism, soaring choruses and relatable delivery set the four-piece apart from the current crop of indie bands.
On the track he says: “It’s about going through the motions with a love interest. Being completely into that person when they're not that into you, so they play you for a bit, flirting with other people. After a while that person plays around too much and finds that they no longer have anyone around them that's interested in them anymore. I guess it's a transition from being the desirable one to the one nobody wants.”
"CHOPPY INDIE WITH A POP STREAK. A CRISP, CONFIDENT AND CONTAGIOUS RETURN" - CLASH MAGAZINE
"SOMETHING QUITE SPECIAL" - DAVE MONKS, BBC INTRODUCING
"TOP QUALITY, NO-NONSENSE INDIE ROCK" - THE GUIDE
Idle Frets are Ben Davies (lead vocals/guitar), Erin Gibson (drums), Dave Hennessy (guitar) and Luke Lewis (bass)