Described as having “just about everything we should all be looking for in our music. It’s edgy, new and above all different...” are The Bar Stool Preachers the perfect antidote for all the run of the mill, industry standard apathy we see in modern music? Well according to the success they’ve had in their first year, the words of critics, and packed out shows across the UK and mainland Europe, they might just be.
Fresh off the back of selling out their first single, One Fool Down, in less than 2 months across 3 continents The Bar Stool Preachers are definitely doing something right. Brighton’s ska-infused, street punk inspired five piece are that rare thing – a band whose songs can stay in your head after just one listen and have you smiling throughout. Small wonder then, that since they formed in the summer of 2014 they have been attracting acclaim both for their optimistic, melodic songs as well as their incredibly energetic, powerful live shows.
British music magazine Vive Le Rock hails the band as having “all the energy of The Specials in their heyday,” which is a fair summary of a band who embrace the original 2-tone sound, whilst adding a fresh modern twist, and throwing in some reggae, dub and hardcore for good measure. Witty observational lyrics and a heavy dose of perfectly honored punk influences such as The Clash, Rancid, and Cock Sparrer, (front man T.J. McFaull is the son of Cock Sparrer’s Colin McFaull and has been described as “a whirlwind of charisma”) mean you are guaranteed a good night when the Preachers play. It’s this crafted, genuine sound, that makes The Bar Stool Preachers feel like such a breath of fresh air. Not only do the band deliver a particular and brilliant live show, they’re no strangers to recording, and manage to bottle their energy and edge perfectly in this their first offering, BLATANT PROPAGANDA.
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