The Shantics are new faces in U.K. rock, but they’re already set to make a splash. The London-based band, consisting of brothers Jimmy and Harry Morris, drummer Mike Cosburn, and bassist Jacob Nation, have been playing shows around the U.K. together for the last two years, but they’ve chosen 2018 to solidify themselves as a fixture in the world of raucous, garage-driven rock ‘n’ roll.
The band made their debut earlier this year with “Mind Pop”, a shimmering and pop-sensible track that echoes the big hooks of mid-2000s guitar rock. Think Arctic Monkeys circa Favourite Worst Nightmare or Franz Ferdinand’s wild, self-titled debut injected with a street-smart commentary on modern media intake. The song is smart, catchy, and calls back to an eternal angst in punk-rock that not enough modern guitar bands are embracing.
Now that “Mind Pop” is out into the world, the band is back with their second single “Stevie Nicks.” The biting, punk-driven song was written about a thief who sold the band their PA system, and it serves as an amped-up, angst-laden companion to the gritty shimmer and wider commentary of “Mind Pop.” The song is fun, fiery, and self-aware all at once; an irresistible cocktail of cunning rock ‘n’ roll.
“We wanted to make sure the song’s lyrical concept matched with the vibe of the music. The guitar riff was written to emulate footsteps to sound like a robber creeping around at night and the slightly discordant feel represents our mixed emotions towards him,” the band said in a press release.
“Stevie Nicks” is the second single off the band’s forthcoming debut EP. Determined to not fade out, they recorded it with the multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated producer Jake Gosling, whose credits include Ed Sheeran, James Bay, and The Libertines. They’re releasing the EP through Gosling’s label Goldun Egg Records.
With the support of an industry giant and the look, attitude, and musical vision to back it all up, The Shantics aren’t a name that’ll be easy to forget.
You can listen to the song below.