Even The Stars – Gullivers Review 28/12/2019

“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.”


Let it happen – review

Read here what Let It Happen wrote about ‘Health and Wellbeing’.

“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.”

Little Indie Blogs – Review

Read here what Little Indie Blog’s had to say about our latest single.

“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.”

The Revue – Review

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.”

Turnupthevolume review

Read TurnuptheVolume‘s review here.

“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.”