18 months ago we at AMBY were raving about the old school sound of Essex quartet Juke and their track “Pins And Needles”. Since then the band have seen something of a transformation with the arrival on bass of Finlay Cunningham and guitarist Dale Holt-Mead, joining drummer Matt Lamb and lead vocalist Tom Cunningham with the fresh current sound meriting a refresh on the name front to INDIGO.
Their self titled debut EP features a reworked more modern take of “Pins and Needles” as its A side (watch here), but I was struck in particular by the track “Take On The World”. Pitched simply as a song about loneliness, the track really showcases skills on bass accompanied by a rollicking chorus that lifts the spirits. Round off the EP is upbeat track and fan favourite “Upside Down” (here in a stripped back acoustic version filmed by Alex Gray).
INDIGO have been carving a great reputation on the live circuit both locally at The Railway Hotel and at London venues such as Camden’s iconic Dublin Castle and The Underbelly in Hoxton. While it may be trite to talk of “old heads on young shoulders” there’s a maturity to the bands approach that bodes well for the future. The INDIGO EP is available digitally now with a 7” vinyl release coming in February which would complement any good record collection very well.
Review by Gavin Watson | @watsongc