Let Me Introduce You To… The Uptights

The Uptights are a band with a mission, the mission being to revive mod music. The four-piece from Southampton, England are doing a swell job so far on their journey. Not only is the band’s look mod, but their music comes along that way as well. Their sound originates from elements of many mod groups. With influences such as The Who, The Jam and The Kinks, they transport you back to the times of this music while still putting their own indie-punk twist on it.

The spontaneity displayed in each song seems to be influenced by many past British, punk-rock bands. The song Liar is my favourite track of theirs so far; the energetic vibe and dynamic instruments are great. Their influences are clearly evident in this track. Lead vocalist and bass guitarist, Mackenzie Gordon-Smith, adds a kinetic attribute to each song. The tracks sound extremely lively and his voice is an excellent addition to the instruments. As far as the playing goes, guitarist Tom Richer elevates their sound with upbeat riffs. The Uptights show similarities to The Libertines along with The Enemy, with their Pete Doherty and Tom Clarke-esque vocals and guitar-driven sound.

Browsing through Twitter the other day, I came across this band and thought to check them out. I’m quite glad I did, because their songs are energetic and catchy. But not just the music is good, the lyrics are too. In the song Liar, Gordon-Smith sings, “bullshit’s bullshit.” I absolutely love this lyric due to how it shows simplicity, yet a lot of thought. I’m sure that I’ll be playing a lot of this band throughout the next while!

They are definitely doing mod music justice. So, to bring mod back, check out The Uptights here:

Alicia Atout

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