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The Strands are a four-piece indie-rock band hailing from the North-East. Their raw and vibrant sound along with socially conscious lyrics has seen the band make a name for themselves around the region and resulted in a support slot with Larkins at the end of last year. They release their latest single, Made of Art on all streaming platforms on 7th February and perform at Think Tank Underground on 20th March. We caught up with them to find out more. 

How would you describe your sound?
We’re a guitar-driven indie rock band. We have a unique, bold and energetic sound that fuses earworm hooks and catchy melodies. 

Tell us more about your single, Made Of Art.
Made of Art describes the feelings of a person who is blinded by the strong appreciation they have for someone. An admiration that has no limits to what they do for them. We recorded at Blank Studios in Newcastle. It was really fun to experiment with new sounds and production techniques. We added synths and additional parts which really helped strengthen the track.

You say you aren’t shy to acknowledge your working-class upbringings and aim to shine a light on social and political issues in the North. Do you think there’s a good representation of working-class and Northern voices in the music industry?
Yeah, I think there’s a strong presence of the working class voice in the industry at the moment. People care about these issues and want to be heard. Sam Fender and Declan McKenna are both great examples of young artists who are really speaking up and shedding their insight into the conversation.

What gigs have you got coming up and what can people expect from your live shows?
Our live shows are packed full of energy and entertainment. We get happiness from doing this and we love it! I think that’s something that is very infectious to the audience and something they all want to be part of. You can catch our headline show at Think Tank Underground in Newcastle on Friday 20th March.

What does 2020 have in store for you?
We’re writing and recording some great new music. I think we’re really maturing as a band and that’s quite apparent in the new stuff. We have the headline show coming up soon and I really can’t wait for that. We’ll also be taking part in festival season in the northeast and securing some shows for the latter of the year too. Should be very exciting!

 

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