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Imagine if you will you’re a hotly tipped new Scottish band called Wrest. Freshly minted, delivering indie rock that invites comparisons, in the national press and overseas, to beloved bands like Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and The National. You put out your debut album, Coward of Us All, in 2019 and tour Europe to acclaim and sold out shows. You’re declared Scotland’s best new band and everything is building towards bigger and better things. Then you can’t tour for almost 18 months.

The pandemic hit every band and venue hard of course, but it seems particularly cruel for those just connecting with an audience. Thankfully this foursome rode out the storm and recorded a brand new album, End All The Days in the interim.

Wrest began touring again last year and it’s here they showcase their soaring, poetic and occasionally unruly songs best. Songs like Kingdom and Second Wind sound ferocious, barely tethered at times, whilst nestled amongst more reflective material, all of it able to hold you spellbound.

However lengthy the wait has been to catch Wrest play live again, existing fans and the scores of new ones to follow will undoubtedly feel it’s worth it at their Georgian Theatre gig on Saturday 17th September. They’re a band capable of reaching the highest heights with a fair wind, and their chiming anthems in waiting are there to be sung by massed crowds.

Wrest play The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Saturday 17th September.


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