Track of the week

Hector Gannet – ‘The Haven of St. Aidan’s’


Making your debut song release just short of ten minutes long is certainly a risky strategy but For Hector Gannet this works magnificently. Their new track ‘The Haven of St. Aidan’s’ is an entrancing masterpiece…

Hector Gannet shape shift between being a solo project and fully fledged band. However, both formats are spearheaded by musician Aaron Duff. The outfit have been gaining traction thanks to a superb live reputation.

‘The Haven Of St. Aidans’ is a sonic journey, highlighting all facets of Hector Gannet’s sound. It begins with a lilting, ambient guitar melody as Duffy sings about the scenic North East coastline. The folky introduction then gives way to a crisp, expansive arrangement with lyrics shrouded in local mythology before finally settling on an ominous but beautiful crescendo. 

Of the song, Duff states “The Haven of St Aidan’s was inspired by viewing vintage archive footage of the north east of England, and the history of the coastline and the Farne Islands. Focusing partly on the religious heritage and also on the heroic story of Grace Darling. The song ebbs and flows somewhat, and its mood changes much like the sea, and culminates in what could be seen as the panic that may have gripped people on board the stricken Forfarshire during the storm. ‘We’re going to Big Harcar, so throw the buoy over!’”

Hector Gannet have a show at Tynemouth & District Working Mens Club in November which is sadly sold out. However we strongly recommend keeping an eye out for chances to see them live!

Bare Roots – Dirty Feet


‘Dirty Feet’ is the fourth single from Bare Roots. It’s that kind of foot stomping rock’n’roll that there just isn’t enough of in the world right now… 

‘Dirty Feet’ is the band’s most upbeat release so far. The track is firing on all cylinders with a cheerful outlook. Its sound is anchored with weighty guitars and drum fills, making it a satisfying listen. 

The lyrics were written with an air of sarcasm as frontman Ant Francis states “Our bassist, Joe… once passingly joked that I only write sad songs… So while on my lunch break at my old bar job, which I despised, while eating a cheese sandwich, I toyed with the idea of writing ironic lyrics about how great everything was…” 

Despite the initial irony, Ant and Bare Roots are genuinely optimistic about the track. “Dirty Feet is our loudest release to date… We were excited when we first wrote it, there was something about it which felt like it was made for festivals! I just hope it makes people feel good. Although the lyrics were written ironically I definitely feel like it’s a positive and up-lifting number.” 

PLAZA – Bolostitcher


‘Bolostitcher’ by Plaza is a haunting track from the Hartlepool quartet which displays a change in sonic direction… 

It’s accented with shiver inducing riffs, ominous basslines and subtle synths- a first in the band’s discography. These elements combine to create a stark atmosphere more chilling than an autumn night. 

Lyric-wise, ‘Bolostitcher’ takes listeners to a dark space, which seems to be a theme in Plaza’s upcoming EP ‘Wernotplaza II,’ on which the song appears. Vocalist Brad Lennard has explained it’s all about “loss, feeling like everything in your life isn’t going to work out and feeling like you have no one to turn to.”

Listen to the cathartic track below. 

Llovers – ‘Honestly’


Llovers have done it yet again! Their latest single ‘Honestly’ is a euphoric, gleaming synth-pop fest that we never want to end…

The Teesside quintet’s latest track is their second release through independent label Think Tank? Records. It follows on from their first release of 2019 ‘Coming Loose’.

Co-frontman Jack Books explains “‘Honestly’ allows us to showcase another side to us that I think is really exciting. It’s about sharing a momentary connection with someone. I get so caught up in these moments myself and often find myself puzzled over how real these connections are, or whether they’re merely driven through circumstance, timing and enough delusion to allow these moments to manifest in a romanticised version of themselves.”

Come and see Llovers in the flesh at The Georgian Theatre, Stockon for a headliner show on 13th September.

Bare Roots – ‘Always’


Bare Roots are back with a touching new release ‘Always’. The Newcastle based band have had a packed festival season and recently signed a publishing deal…

With a sound that combines 80s soundscapes with 90s soulful rock and roll, Bare Roots are constantly bringing something new to the table. ‘Always’ is a number that exhibits the band’s signature sound but it is cast in a softer light than previous releases ‘Ride The Wave’ and ‘Away Too Long‘

Lyrically, ‘Always’ is a touching ode to frontman Ant Francis’ mother. Of the song Francis explains “The track discusses the struggles of growing up in a single-parent household. 

“The track was first written a few years ago while was still living at my Mum’s house and on reflection, the track uncovers me realising she isn’t superhuman. She has dealt with an extreme amount over the years and this song recognises that.” 

Catch Bare Roots live soon  at Surf Cafe, Tynemouth on August 29th, Press Club. 

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