Sheffield duo The Retrospectives, aka guitarist Tom Galton and bassist Will Stocks, are back with a new single, Confusion, out tomorrow (June 29th). Taking inspiration from the classic rock of Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams and The Rolling Stones, the band make very definite guitar music, but judging by previous singles Insane and Gold & Green, they have a ear for a melody to go along with it.
Their work ethic has also helped them develop a healthy following as well. Between March and July of 2014 they played an incredible 60 gigs, and have shared a stage with he likes of The Boomtown Rats and The Buzzcocks, Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam, Paper Aeroplanes, My First Tooth, and sold out Liverpool’s famed Cavern Club.
Listening to Confusion is like stepping back in time to the mid 1980’s (of my childhood, as it happens) and there’s healthy doses of all the artists the band pay homage to in the straight up pop/rock mix. It’s got the sort of completely loveable verse and chorus that bands like The Alarm used to deal in, with just a whiff of country rock, and these winding guitars that litter the changes. That’s not to say it’s not relevent. The band have clearly taken a step away from what is currently au fey in the indie world, for something more earthy and, well, classic sounding.
Timeless, I suppose you’d say. Check out the video (complete with smoke machine and sunny Sheffield) here
Catch the band on tour over the Summer
2 July – Guitar Bar, Nottingham
5 July – Hobos, Bridgend
10 July – Warehouse 23, Wakefield (supporting The Undertones)
16 July – O2 Academy, Birmingham
21 July – The Sesh, Hull
24 July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
30 July – Pi Bar, Leicester