Amber Run

Amber run is a five piece indie-rock band based in Nottingham. The boys first caught people’s attention when they uploaded their melodic cover of Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide and Seek’ to the internet. Since then, though, they’ve exceeded all expectations with their original songs, despite only having been playing for just over a year. The catchy yet captivatingly haunting track ‘Noah’ caught the eyes and ears of yet more music fans, leading to their becoming increasingly popular on the local scene.

My first encounter with the band was at Sheffield venue The Harley, where they shone bright playing songs from their self released EP ‘Heaven’ (first released under the band name ‘Amber’) and new songs from an upcoming EP, which they hope to release this year. But I was late to the game; the band had already played Reading and Leeds on the BBC’s Introducing stage having captured the heart of BBC presenter Dean Jackson who’d listened to the tracks the band had uploaded on BBC Introducing.

Amber run fit right into an increasingly popular brand of indie music, combining the melodic harmonies that brought Mumford and Sons into the spotlight with catchy indie rock we all know and love. But that’s not all that makes them special – what’s sets them apart for me is the poetic nature of their lyrics which are dripping with a gritty kind of honesty that one rarely comes across in today’s sex-and-drugs fueled music scene.

The band have recently played in London and will be supporting Irish indie rockers Kodaline on their sold out UK tour.

You can listen to their stuff here.

Holy Esque

Holy Esque are a four-piece indie-rock band hailing from Glasgow.

What immediately grabs you when hearing Holy Esque is the distinctive vocals of singer Pat Hynes. There’s a gravely tone to his voice which is incredibly unusual but it really makes them stand out – if you don’t believe me have a listen to some of their songs on soundcloud.

They’ve been around for a couple of years now and in that time they have toured with The Raveonettes, got noticed at SXSW Festival a few weeks ago and they will be playing this years Great Escape Festival too. Two festivals which are great for finding new music.

I imagine we’re going to be hearing a lot more from Holy Esque in the future but in the meantime have a listen to their latest single ‘St’ which was released on the 25th March.