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PRESENTED BY RACHEL FORSYTH
Since WILL AND THE PEOPLE were last in Australia (March 2012), they
have had a very eventful year. The DIY outfit have continued to sell-out
headline shows in the UK and Holland, whilst maintaining their evergrowing
Festival cult status with recent appearances at Secret Garden
Party, Beach Break Live and Green Man in the UK.
They’ve been blowing up in the Netherlands and headlining a big chunk of
the major festivals there on the back of a Top 10 Chart Hit. Recent sell-out
shows in the cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht lead to appearances at
Lowlands (for a triumphant headline gig aside the Black Keys), and a
headline slot at Holland’s biggest free festival Appelpop in front of 40, 000
Now Will And The People’s second album “Friends” arrives. It was
recorded in their barn in Berkshire, UK. The band filled the 17th Century
barn with an array of hired outboard studio equipment and recorded all 12
tracks in a week.
Commented singer songwriter Will Rendle; “We thought we needed to get
our live sound down so that was how we started recording. After we had
done a week in the barn we went to Fishmarket studios in London to mix it,
and we also recorded a few tracks completely live; ‘Yellow’ and ‘Lifeline’
which were recorded live onto half inch tape to retain an old warm feel”.
“To be honest this record feels like our first, in that its the first time we have
managed to capture our real sound,” he continued.
With 12 songs on the album, it takes you from knees-up ska (‘Holiday’) to
the sexy chilled reggae love of ‘Sensimilla’, to a more psychedelic and
progressive sound seen in title track ‘Friends’, ‘Masterpiece’ and the ever
so eccentric ‘Dreamer’.
Songs like ‘Birds’ and ‘Cape Town Blues’ happily meander through heavy
chilled reggae and 4-to-the-floor house – like the two styles were created
by the same people. In short, ‘Friends’ is a far more progressive record
and Will And The People obviously aren’t following a simple formula.
FRIENDS was released Friday, 12th October on Baggy Trousers Music
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