Screaming Maldini

The best phrase I can think of to describe Screaming Maldini would be “sonic explosion”, because that’s what it feels like when you listen to them: an explosion of pop, with soaring five-part harmonies and an epic musicality bursting in at you from all sides which you absolutely have to fall in love with.  Inventive, enticing, intelligent and, above all, stand-out awesome, surely it cannot be long before this band take over the world.

Based in Sheffield, Screaming Maldini have been making their eccentric and endearing quirk-pop (that’s their chosen genre-word, folks) since 2009. Comprising of six phenomenally talented musicians, who between them demonstrate stunning proficiency in strings, glock, guitar, drums, percussion, bass and piano, their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to musical individuality (not to mention their incredible songs) has seen their popularity grow and grow, in Sheffield, Britain and beyond.

After two critically-acclaimed EPs, the band released their first (eponymous) album on Alcopop in Autumn of this year, to glowing praise. “Life in Glorious Stereo”, the first single to be taken from it, has been received a similarly rapturous response from the music press, with the Guardian commending their “beautiful yet hyper over-the-top melodies” and 6Music’s Tom Robinson simply describing them as “WOW!”

It only takes one quick scroll down the Screaming Maldini Facebook page to see that they are going to serious places. Every day there is news of the latest accolade. Just the other day, they posted that Matt Berry has offered up a remix of their next single “Summer, Somewhere”, released October 15th. Yes, Matt Berry, the very same Matt Berry that plays Douglas Reynolm in the IT Crowd. I know! If Dr Lucian Sanchez off’ve Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace remixing your tunes isn’t a sign that you’ve made it, then I don’t know what is.

To find out more about Screaming Maldini, visit their website. Oh, and so convinced am I that this band will continue their rise to musical greatness that, should they not, I solemnly swear I will eat my blogger’s keyboard. And that’s a promise.

– Georgie

(Feature Image Photography by Paul Cantrell)

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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