“melodies that stick in your head immediately, driven along by the obvious joy they’re getting out of being up their on stage and feeding off the audience’s response. There’s a real intuitive feel to their performance, a sense that their interactions are completely natural and this gives the songs a real flow and energy to them.”
“Fresh-faced and eager, Gardenback are the rising act taking garage rock to the next level by way of a psychedelic twist”
“Gardenback let the songs do the talking and played the type of music that makes people get up and jump around (that’s exactly what happened). On top of their game and with some songs sang back to them by their followers – flattery and appreciation doesn’t come much bigger than that. “
Read here The Revue‘s review on ‘Health and Wellbeing’.
It’s been a little over a year since we’ve shared music from Oldham based band Gardenback. They have just released “Health and Wellbeing” and it’s a psych inspired rocker that truly expands the range and creativity we’ve heard so far from the trio.
The song tackles the struggles of mental health issues and how isolation can win out so that others close to that person have no idea what they are truly going through.
The song truly does embody the emotions that the lyricist might actually be feeling within the song – especially towards the end with an explosion of screaming guitars, layered lyrics and the parting lyric “Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” It’s possible the ending is an attempt to portray an audible representation of what they are ‘seeing/feeling’. The trio has seemed to really lay it all out with this track and this could be the song that gains the attention of those that could possibly catapult the band in front of a larger audience.
Gardenback share a bit about the track: “Health and Wellbeing is about the pressure to seem “fine” when you’re feeling anxious or depressed. Bottling up these feelings can amplify them, and can make you feel like you’re carrying a huge weight, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone, and it is okay, and quite often helpful to talk about these things. If you think someone is struggling just let them know you’re there for them, and that they can talk to you if and when they want to- sometimes you can help people a lot by just listening.”
“Gardenback are a garage rock band have drawn comparisons with Pixies, Sonic Youth, PiL and Parquet Courts. New single, the swirling, raging ‘Heath and Wellbeing’ drops just in time for the band’s biggest Manchester headline gig to date Saturday (Soup Kitchen) and a busy summer which sees them playing the infamous House Party stage at Kendal Calling.
For fans of: Sonic Youth, Shame, Cabbage, False Heads”
A new single due out soon and a mini-tour of the UK means Saddleworth indie prospects Gardenback are gearing up for an exciting summer.
The uber-talented band – front-man and bassist Ellis, guitarist Neil and drummer Jacob – continue to make waves on the local city scene, and they are hoping new track ‘Health and Well Being’ will further enhance their steadily growing reputation when it is released later this month.
Ellis said: “We’re really excited about it because when we started playing it at gigs towards the tail end of last year, we’ve always enjoyed playing it.
“It’s probably our most creatively ambitious song to date, so it’ll be quite fun to put it out there and see how it goes.
“It’s almost two songs stitched together, and that’s not something we’ve done before.
“When we were writing ‘Health and Well Being’ we tried out a few things on the vocals, and there’s a lot more emphasis on the dual vocals between Neil and I.
“It’s stuff we’ve played around with before, but we’ve never committed to recording it.
“Some of the guitar sounds on there are amazing too.
“It’s idiosyncratic, it’s unique, because some of the sounds Neil gets with his pedals are incredible.
“This new track is full of them.
“It almost sounds alien, but we did it first live and there’s no studio trickery involved so that makes it great.
“It’s very honest. We had a lot of fun recording it, there are some very weird sounds on it.”
The track sounds cool, and the lads are hoping the appeal soon spreads, in much the same way as ‘Bulldogs’ did earlier this year.
Even rock mag Kerrang! gave it the ‘Single of the Week’ treatment.
Ellis added: “We were a little surprised because we don’t have any metal heads among our fan base.
“I think one of their DJs must have picked up on it and liked it.
“A guy called Jack Wood started playing it for us.
“We don’t know exactly how well it went down with Kerrang’s listeners, but I suppose any coverage or publicity is good publicity!”
Armed with their new single, Gardenback have now begun their ‘Health and Well Being’ mini-tour, which began in Manchester at the Dot-to-Dot Festival.
They played Liverpool on June 1, Sheffield on June 12, London’s Aces and Eights on June 16, they headline Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on June 30, play Leeds on July 12 and round off at the prestigious Kendal Calling Festival (on the House Party stage), which takes place between July 26-28.
Neil said: “We organised it all with our management – Elephant Management – and they’ve been fantastic with us.
“They really helped us out sorting the dates and stuff.
“We’ve dotted in a few gigs so far this year, but we wanted to create a little run this time.
“Every time we’ve done gigs a bit further afield they’ve helped us pick up new fans, and it’s just nice to meet lots of new people.
“We love playing live too, of course, that’s the main thing more than anything.
“When you get out there you learn things about performances of other bands as well.
“Everyone’s always been really friendly when we play out of town, and it’s all about continuing to learn from each other as well.
“I think generally we’ve been getting more comfortable with our audiences, and just letting our personalities show.
“All three of us are miked up and that helps show our close relationship too.
“We kind of play for each other, and that helps us get into it more, which is always fun.
“It’ll be a bit of a trial by fire for some of the new songs, but we’re all so excited.”
The London show last weekend proved a roaring success.
A good-sized crowd greeted the Oldham lads, while they nailed numerous admiring glances on the way to and from the capital as they travelled in an old Oldham Chronicle delivery van (see picture above).
“It was crucial to play there,” added Neil.
“We have got a lot of friends in London and we had been wanting to play there for quite a while.
“It was great to take a little bit of Oldham to the capital I guess.”
“Gardenback shrug off a stage invasion and the presence of a hen party with an inflatable dummy, cock and all with a Jeremy Corbyn mask on its face, to deliver our favourite set of the day. Punchy, agitated and powerful, the likes of last year’s single Bulldogs, the one-two blow to the head of Motorway, and, best of all, their set-closer and next single Health And Well-Being, demonstrate their two-vocal approach which works brilliantly when they’re either fighting each other for supremacy or they use the call and response technique to hammer home their message. As the hen party form the worst mosh pit circle ever, Gardenback make their case for being much higher up the bill.”