“Manchester three-piece, Gardenback, have shared their new single, Health and Wellbeing. It’s their third release since appearing in early 2017 and, boy, does it show promise.
Slapping you right in the face with noisy psyche guitars and a driving post-punk beat, the track leaps out of the gate. The lyrics, looking at themes of mental health, drip with sarcasm (‘It’s out of sight, it’s out of mind’), highlighting modern attitudes towards mental health and the stigma around it.
It might’ve been easy to get lost in the desolate landscape the bleak lyricism creates had it not been for the electrifying instrumental. The guitars wash over the whole production, while the band look more towards the bass to steer the melodies. The drums refuse to let up at any point throughout the track as the song slowly builds, layer after layer being added, resulting in deafening dissonance, complete with a rallying cry riddled with despair, somewhat reminiscent of the nasal shrieks of a Cabbage tune.
This young band are brimming with potential and it will be exciting to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves. Anyone who wants to know can catch them at their debut London Show before they bring the house down at Kendal Calling in late July.”
“Oldham garage rock trio Gardenback release new single ‘Heath and Wellbeing’ tomorrow (June 30), just in time to give it an airing later the same evening at their headline show at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen – followed by a date at Leeds’ Verve Bar on July 12 and Kendal Calling on July 26.
The follow-up to their earlier ‘Bulldogs’ is a sub-five minute torrent of swirling guitars and sharp-edged vocals. “Out of sight is out of mind”, Ellis James sings here – on the song he describes as the band’s most “creatively ambitious song to date” – which may not be the case with Gardenback in your head.”
“This new, delirious single by outspoken garage trio ‘Gardenback‘ electrifies from start to finish. The reverberating guitar parts sound like they were recorded back in the psychedelic sixties and inject this commotive crackerjack non-stop with flaming fuel.”
“Gardenback launched their new single Health And Wellbeing with a raucous set at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on Saturday night. Supported by Carnation and Déjà Vega, their biggest headline show to date had them not only launch their single successfully, but also lay down a marker as one of the best live bands in town.”
Oldham’s Gardenback return to Kick Out after a great response last time. Its easy to fill a review with comparisons and whilst avoiding that cliché its difficult not to go down that path when they wear their influences so brightly on their sleeve. This is no bad thing in their case.
With an intro that disappointingly sounded like they were launching into a cover of OCS’s “RiverboatSong“, everything turns into Tago Mago lite Canand is all the better for it. From that point on its pure joy all the way.
Lyrics about motorways and dark as hell basslines can’t help to raise the spirit of Joy Division and new track “Bulldog” shows perhaps the real Gardenback, despite maintaining decades of musical heritage like a musical version of a bag of Rowntree’s Randoms.
“Health and Well Being” is a beautiful thing, created from a wall of driving guitars and killer drums that sound nothing like a three piece from Oldham should. “Sweetness“, a highlight in this explosive set sounds like one of those belter B Sides by Blur that called on Barrett era Floyd for Brownie points, Gardenback repay the favour.
Whilst “Bury Me” resembles a typical downbeat album closer, there is a sense that this may be the first wrong foot in an otherwise impeccable set, but no, it redeems itself as a classy composition and a perfect place to exit. Gardenback are a band I want to listen to a lot more.
IT was quite some night when Oldham roared into Manchester’s iconic Night and Day Cafe venue in the Northern Quarter – and they well and truly smashed it!
That’s right, I was inside the packed venue for the latest Manchester showcase night from national promoters This Feeling, and two of the four bands – Gardenback, from Saddleworth, and Mossley’s Proletariat – did our town proud.