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Those who cried into their pints at last year’s NARC. Fest during the last ever Rivals performance will be pleased to hear of the emergence of DRIFTS, the new project from members of The Futureheads, Rivals and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind.

Bassist Dan Shannon sheds some light on what fans can expect from the band’s output. “The sound differs from Rivals in that Graham is a completely different drummer to Tom [Rivals’ drummer], bringing a different approach and dynamic to the song writing process. As well as this, although Hub played with Rivals in the last few months of the band, we didn’t actually do much writing with the two guitars in the set-up. This has given us a chance to play around with the guitar lines and perhaps explore a less ‘straight-up’ sound.”

The band’s opening salvo comes in the form of XR3-i (a classic Ford Escort, for those non-Top Gear viewers), which takes a wistful look at the heady days of youth. New drummer Graham Thompson makes his presence felt from the off with a springy tom attack; Ross Millard’s vocals remain a focal point, overladen with a slight hazy fuzz, and there remains a melodic edge that ran through Rivals’ material. Simon Hubbard’s tremulous guitars and the odd bassy grumble from Dan morph into a chugging middle-eight which charges towards the song’s conclusion.

Here we can exclusively reveal the band’s recent Blank Sessions video.

DRIFTS play their first gig at Sunderland’s Pop Recs Ltd on Saturday 25th April, the band will be joined by another brand new act, National Service. Comprising members of This Aint Vegas, Coal Train and Frankie & The Heartstrings, no recorded material is currently available, but given the calibre of the musicians involved, we’re confidently predicting a raucous blend of post-punky, melodic alt. rock.

National Service and DRIFTS play Pop Recs Ltd, Sunderland on Saturday 25th April.

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