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October Drift have shared their new single, ‘Losing My Touch’. The track is the first taste of their upcoming debut album, and the first release since signing to their new label, Physical Education Records.
An immersive wall of distortion envelopes the powerful fragility of frontman Kiran Roy’s vocals, while he paints a verbal landscape of introspection, despair and hope amid a sonic palette that evokes both the driving, spacious absorptivity of My Bloody Valentine and the poetic, visceral honesty of Nick Cave’s lyricism.
“It’s a song about trying to keep your head above the water,” says Kiran. “It was written at a time when everyone around me seemed to be moving on with their lives and I was stuck in the same place. It's basically about the fears of getting older and underachieving, but trying not to let it get to you and even staying optimistic in spite of those fears”
‘Losing My Touch’ follows the band’s previous singles ‘All Broken Down’ and ‘Come And Find Me’, released to widespread acclaim last year. With influences as varied as The National, Radiohead, Interpol and Nick Drake, their heavy, pop-inflected rock is delivering a rejuvenating injection of fresh blood to the genre.
October Drift’s debut album, details of which will be revealed soon, is a cathartic collection of tracks encompassing themes of loneliness, fear and ultimate positivity, and builds on the solid foundation that they have built over years of touring and writing to cement themselves as an important and powerful new presence.
Physical Education’s Justin Lockey says of their signing; “October Drift are one of those bands... there's maybe a handful at best in every generation of guitar bands. They're the band who will put their entire soul into every show, every time. They're the band that just go their own route regardless of what every fucker else is listening to, or name dropping that they're listening to.
“An unashamed British guitar band who just do their own thing outside of whatever scene is cool at the moment. I fucking love bands who do that, which is why I made their record and wanted them on Phys Ed Recs. It seemed like the perfect place for this.”
One of the most electrifying, charismatic and formidable live acts of the past two years – with appearances at festivals including Glastonbury’s John Peel stage, Reading & Leeds and The Great Escape, as well as a major European tour with Editors in 2018 and a slot at Liverpool’s Sound City – the band look certain to ascend to even greater heights in 2019.
"...a muscular slug of sugar-coated power rock”- Q Magazine
“A flourishing reputation for live shows” - The Independent
Rising newcomers October Drift have gained a strong word-of-mouth following since exploding onto the music scene at the start of 2015.
Despite the early success of their incendiary debut singles – receiving support from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Q magazine to name but a few - and string of sold-out gigs, this band still remain something of an enigma.
October Drift’s music is similarly ambiguous, characterised by their signature wall of sound guitars, soaring, ponderous vocals and driving, urgent drums.
The band have gained a reputation for delivering blistering, high-energy live shows. Indeed, their first tour sold out before even releasing their first single, such is the buzz around their live performances.
With a strong DIY ethos, the band record everything themselves in their own studio and even hand-make much of their own merchandise. This organic approach led them to a complete shun of social media throughout 2015.
But that’s all set to change as the band’s word-of-mouth following continues to grow and the music press begin to take notice of October Drift’s melancholic growl.
RECENT FESTIVALS - BBC 6 Music Festival – Brighton - Dot to Dot Festival – Bristol - Dot to Dot Festival – Manchester - Tramlines Festival – Sheffield - Camden Rocks Festival – London - Nozstock Festival – Hidden Valley - Always The Sun Festival – Guildford - Southsea Festival – Portsmouth - Twisterella Festival – Middlesbrough - What Became Of Us Festival – Oxford - What Became Of Us Festival – Leicester - Kaya Festival – South Wales
UPCOMING FESTIVALS IN 2017 The Great Escape Festival - Brighton Deer Shed Festival - North Yorkshire Tramlines Festival - Sheffield 2Q Festival - Derby Stockton Calling Festival - Stockton BlackThorn Festival - Manchester Live At Leeds Festival - Leeds more tbc
“A distinct lack of social media presence made sure early cuts were shrouded in a sense of mystique, serving only to heighten the growing buzz” - Line of Best Fit
"Brooding, personally-etched songwriting" - CLASH
"Blending meloncholic drone with visceral garage-punk, October Drift are a band you're going to absolutely love" - Gigwise
October Drift booking agent - Steve Zapp at I.T.B