After catching The Wholls raucous and hectic live act a few times in my (and their) home town of Bedford I was looking forward to the release of their debut EP ‘Back to the B-Hive’.
For a band who had up until this point only released a single, I was very impressed with the hardcore following they had managed to drum up, who have now aptly been named ‘Spartans’ and ‘Wholletes’.
The Wholls played a headline show at the legendary local venue Esquires, they not only managed to sell it out but the venue had to turn people away and the atmosphere in the venue was better than that of many more established bands I have seen their.
So what’s the EP and The Wholls sound like? Well the band has coined the phrase ‘Urban Indie’ and I would whole heartily agree with them on this category. If The Streets and Artic Monkeys had a baby it would be called The Wholls.
The Wholls have an interesting sound that sets them apart from others. Their sound blends traditional indie / rock n’ roll sensibilities with an ‘Urban’ feel which comes from Adam Browns vocals and lyrics. After that throw in a dash of The Clash style reggae and your there!
The upbeat numbers are where the album stands out for me; ‘Under my Hat’, a track that depicts a bunch of shady characters, will have you up dancing and singing along as will the blinding ‘Rollin’ and the chugging ‘No.30’
That’s not to say the slower numbers are not up to scratch, the bitter love song ‘Illusion of Love’ is a great track with some great guitar work and a great reggae feel.
From start to finish the EP has a sing-along feel, this is what makes their live act so good as everyone is getting involved, even if you don’t know the lyrics you will find yourself shouting out things like ‘tonight I’m Rollin‘, ‘The life of Ronnie White‘ or just ‘ooooooohhh oooooh oh‘
In a genre when you really need to do something different to stand out The Wholls have managed to do this and they stand head and shoulders above most of the generic Killers wannabe indie bands.
The EP is released on Friday 13th and can be obtained by contacting The Wholls direct on their Facebook page.
Now I recommend you check out the below video and see them live whilst you still have a chance to see them in a small venue!
You can check them out soon at the Vibe bar, Brick Lane, London where they are soon to start their regular residency.
For more information check out the below:
Score – 4/5
Standing Out: Under My Hat, Illusion of Love, Rollin
The track listing:
- Ronnie White
- Under my Hat
- Wisdom Crawls Slowly
- Illusion of Love
- Adam Brown – Vocals
- Arturo Cocchiarella – Guitar / Vocals
- Joe Stevenson – Bass
- Daniel De Feo – Drums