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Sunderland six-piece Social Room have been around for about three and a half years but it’s only in the past year and a half that things have really started to pick up. It’s fair to say that their journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster, but their shared passion for making music is finally paying off and they are quickly becoming one of the most exciting bands in the region.

Packed full of funky synths, anthemic choruses and vibrant riffs, Social Room’s tracks are the kind that make you want to just get up and dance. But with six band members having an input, it can be tough to really pinpoint a set of musical influences, as frontman Matty Smith explains.

“For me it’s probably Stone Roses, and I love Jim Morrison. We get tagged with being a 90s throwback band, but that is not what we’re trying to do.” Smith may share a swagger and powerful vocals with bands like Oasis, but that’s where the comparisons end.

The band have certainly paid their dues over the years, and didn’t always find it easy to get off the ground. “People say you need to play loads of gigs but the thing is, you can’t actually get the gigs because people don’t want to book you in other areas unless you’re going to bring people in. That’s been the tough thing to get through, like you need the experience but you can’t get the experience.”

Social Room’s tracks are the kind that make you want to just get up and dance

The band have a headline show at The Point in Sunderland in November (co-promoted by rock club This Feeling), and they’re also about the launch their new EP, Bright Star. “Bright Star is just a banger, a big, thick tune.” Smith says. “We got in a full brass section to come and play on that so it sounds big. We’ve also got a song I wrote about ten years ago called Kiss Me and a really chilled out, basically acoustic piano track called Not Asking For The World. So the EP is a bit of a mix.”

Having been around for over three years, Social Room have seen the music scene in the North East change and it seems to be for the better. “When you’re in Sunderland, people don’t wanna put you on in Newcastle. I don’t know if it boils down to the football, but we couldn’t really push into Newcastle much unless you put your own show on. I think it’s picking up now. We backed The Sherlocks last year in Newcastle and that was the kind of gig where I saw loads of young fans jumping about, so I think that’s a good sign.”

With an exciting year planned, it doesn’t look like Social Room will be slowing down any time soon. “We always thought we were gonna make it, but obviously the reality is that it’s extremely hard. But it’s picking up, and I think we’re definitely in for a shot.”

Social Room play The Roker Hotel, Sunderland on Saturday 1st September.


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