The Somerset Rock-Indie quartet of Kiran Roy, Chris Holmes, Alex Bispham, and Daniel Young are back with a new single ‘Forever Whatever’ hot off the heels of ‘Losing My Touch’ which was full of dirty raw guitar riffs and made people stand up and pay attention! At the same time of releasing this new material October Drift have proudly announced their release of an Album in January 2020 under the record label Physical Education Records.
Here at Off the Hook Music we’ve been fully aware of October Drift for some time, due to their eye catching, high energy live performances, now the lads have started to build on this firm platform and seem ready to unleash new songs aimed for a radio friendly audience.
‘Forever Whatever’ has a proper British Indie feel of free flowing guitar tones and drum beats which would find itself at home in any successful British rock band worth its salt. You are treated to a song full of interesting multiple layers that allows this record to sound extremely polished and confident.
Kiran shows off his vocal talent with a hypnotic rustic display that allows the intriguing lyrics to take you on a pleasant journey during the verses, then out of nowhere and the trademark punch of October Drift, the chorus thumps in with a loud filthy Rock statement.
“Shoestrings holds our lives together” may sound obscure but when you place these words into a October Drift song they come alive, you will find it hard pushed to find any October Drift fan that doesn’t bellow back the words to the band from the dancefloor.
‘Forever Whatever’ is like having an extra slice of chocolate cake when no one is looking then openly admitting with a rueful grin to anyone who will listen after you’ve licked the last bits of chocolate from your fingers.
Written By Kess Anthony
Photo Source: Ania Shrimpton Photography
October Drift have been building momentum for their ever growing fan base and now have taken another step to the next level on their journey; Friday night was the biggest headline gig for the band, as they played to a packed out crowd at Thekla and kicked off the venue’s 35th birthday celebrations with a bang.
Thekla for the gig goers who don’t know is one of the coolest venues around, it’s a f**cking boat! Fitted out with a stage and dance floor to entertain the best up and coming artists around and tonight this boat it rocked, and it rolled, with the pounding feet of the crowd who jumping up and down and moshing all-night.
October Drift introduced themselves with the track ‘Losing my touch’ this gave the listeners a taste of what was to come and why the band are quickly becoming known for their high energy, dirty guitar, and heavy drum beats, with an absorbing on stage performances from Kiran, Chris, Alex and Dan. They smashed out their established tracks of ‘Cherry Red’, ‘Robots’, and ‘Come and Find Me’, this gave the lads the chance to show off their fast paced thumping riffs over laid with dark moody lyrics sang in a hypnotic tones.
With a setlist of powerful, fast paced, rock songs by midway through the gig energy levels were rising to fever pitch, both on and off the stage, with the band members bouncing around like wild animals. Kiran decided to jump on the shoulders of one of the band’s biggest followers who paraded the lead singer around the dancefloor, which led to Kiran climbing onto the balcony section of Thekla and singing to the fans below.
A birthday treat was served up to the crowd with a new song called ‘Oh the Silence’ full of dark lyrics which the crowd started to chant back to the band before the track finished echoed by big storming rock tunes. Then, a haunting quiet descended as Kiran leaned over the crowd and sang the start of ‘The Past’, then a boom out of nowhere as Dan, Chris, and Alex, come thundering in with their blaring instruments to ramp up the track and break the silence with the gig goers allowing the lyrics to wash over them.
The night had one more gift to give, after shouts of “one more song” from the crowd October Drift accepted the invitation and turned out to provide a smashing extra track which gave the crowd a chance to create a whirlpool mosh pit to end the night’s entertainment. It’s hard to not feel like you are witnessing something special with October Drift as we continue to watch them establishing themselves and progressing into the next stages of their musical path.
Support acts were Some Bodies and Belishas. Some Bodies produced a wonderful display of music and performance that is an unadulterated pop rock cockiness. They are interesting and intriguing with their own unique style and sound. Belishas started off the gig tonight to a good sized early crowd and their track ‘Chlorine Maureen’ best showed off their punk rock sound.
Written by Kess Anthony