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To achieve the perfect sound he imagined in his head, Jonathon Sabiston knew he had to go it alone. Previously a member of noisy North East bands Canyons, Bandoliers and Idle Hands, for his new project – entitled Spelks – Jonathon takes on guitar, drums, keys and vocal duties himself, independently writing and recording his creations in the spare room of his Newcastle flat.

Aiming for an off-the-wall yet poppy vibe, his latest single The Happy Places aims to address the difficulties of living with agoraphobia and anxiety, but touches on issues that everyone can relate to in some way. Although it may seem a dark theme, the overall message is not to lose hope and to seek contentment. Possessing an angst-ridden vibe with gently grungy and discordant melody, the chorus and its sparkling guitar lines and soaring vocal is ultimately uplifting, and positions Spelks well within the North East canon of quirky, noisy and introspective pop makers.

The Happy Places by Spelks is available now via Montgomery Records


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