A SADDLEWORTH band is celebrating after receiving recognition from one of the UK’s top festivals.
Gardenback, who played on the main stage at last year’s inaugural Cotton Clouds Festival in Greenfield, have been invited to appear at this summer’s four-day Kendal Calling event.
The exciting three-piece, who rehearse at Sub Pressure studios in Diggle, will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, the Libertines and Ocean Colour Scene.
“It’s a great festival and we are thrilled to be part of the line-up,” says guitarist, Neil James.
“Our drummer, Jacob, has been a good few times. But I have never been so it’s really exciting.”
Kendal Calling is held at Lowther Castle in Cumbria and will take place from July 26-July 29. Tickets are already almost sold out.
“We had been in contact with the organisers since we played Cotton Clouds,” added Neil, who divides his time between his music and a job at Oldham Coliseum.
“There are some great headline acts on but also some good, smaller bands which we are huge fans of, including the Blinders and the Orielles.
“There is a diverse range of talent which we are keen to explore and to meet some new friends.”
Gardenback, also compromising of bassist Ellis James and drummer Jacob James, are currently in the process of organising a small UK tour and looking forward to other events.
“We have got a good interest in London which we need to follow up,” said Neil.
“We have played Manchester a lot but can’t wait to step further afield.”
There are dates coming up in Liverpool and Leeds as well as an appearance at the When in Manchester Festival on April 14
‘Main support of the night came from local band Gardenback. After only hearing their material online, I was thrilled to finally see them and they didn’t disappoint. Opening the set with Motorway, the band played hit after hit which both old and new fans seemed to love. The highlight of the set for me was the track, Health and Wellbeing. The song sports an addictive, punk bassline coupled with vocals reminemcent of the Dead Kennedy’s, you couldn’t help but dance to their ever-growing beat. Playing crowd pleasers such as Bull Dogsand Sleepless, Gardenback brought their driving set to a close with Bury Me. The track showed the band’s more gentle and melodic side before it progressed into a sound I was more familiar with- lead bass lines with attitude, along with a powerful drum beat and reverberating guitar chords. You can listen to their hypnotic, garage sound here.’
“Back in July we went to Gardenback’s debut single launch gig at Jimmy’s and what a show they put on!
Now the trio are back with a brand new track ‘Bulldogs’. A rapid, dirty bassline fits perfectly beneath the roaring vocals and gritty riffs. “B-U-L-L-D-O-G!” gives an added bonus to a live set, as you can imagine the crowd chanting along to the bruising track. We spoke to the lads about their “music for the anxious loner” and what they’ve got in store as the year comes to a close.”
“Gardenback’s set never let you sit still, no matter how much you wanted to because of the sweat box venue we were in. From their new mesmerizing songs to their killer covers (“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads and “Temptation” by New Order for their encore), it is easy to say they stole the show with their passionate playing, constant energy and an overall tight set. “