I managed to catch The Hemingways in prototype form in August 2016 when I noticed that, along with Kingston’s Death Pigs, solo singer James Burrage would be bringing his distinctive soulful vocals to South London’s The Cavendish Arms. An entertaining evening with an eclectic line up in which James did not disappoint. Since then his highly talented backing band that evening have made the arrangement more formal in the shape of new band The Hemingways.
“More Than This” is the band’s brand new single, a fresh take on a classic rock sound. With James’ voice as soulful as ever and drummer Jack Ames and bassist Noah Henry underpinning the track as a tight rhythm section, there’s space for the fuller sound provided by keyboardist Benjamin Porteous-Butler and the soaring lead guitar by Louis Takoree to really take off.
I don’t know what prompted it but when Ben sent the track for my views it inspired some mad bars replayed below:
It’s a little bit soul, it’s a little bit rock and roll
It’s a little bit blues, it’s a little bit Huey & The News
It’s a little bit teen, it’s a little bit Ocean Colour Scene
It’s a little bit indie, it’s a little bit More and Mindy
It’s a little bit alternative, it’s a little bit DIIV
It’s a little bit pop, it’s a little bit Walton Hop
It’s all of these things and more – it is More Than This
Perhaps the band’s sense of fun was infectious. And that sense of fun is perfectly captured in the accompanying video produced by Joshua Young, an as live performance which even sees band members having a go on each other’s equipment. Stalwarts of their local Essex scene the band have been branching out with gigs further afield as well as numerous return trips to London. Well worth seeking out when they’re headed your way.
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Piece by Gavin Watson | @watsongc