HOTLY TIPPED NEWCOMERS FRONTEERS ANNOUNCE A JANUARY NORTH UK TOUR FRESH OFF THE BACK OF BLOSSOMS AND PRETTY VICIOUS SUPPORT DATES
FRONTEERS released their most recent single ‘It’s Up To Me Now’ in mid November. It was the second release from Hull’s hottest new export and received acclaim from 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Radio X’s John Kennedy and Radio One’s Huw Stephens. Finishing 2015 with support slots with Blossoms and Pretty Vicious, they now announce their own north UK January headline tour. Dates below.
FRONTEERS hurtled onto the scene back in July, when they released debut single ‘Youth’ on producer Cam Blackwood’s label Human Music. The success of the single prompted support tours with rising stars such as Blossoms and Pretty Vicious on which their growing batch of dazzling tunes blew away unsuspecting crowds.
Singer Andy Towse and best friend James Taylor met at school and, upon discovering The Last Shadow Puppets in early 2014, decided to start an acoustic duo in their harmonic image. “The way they sang together made me and James wanna do that,” Andy says, “And we found we could harmonise naturally too, the songwriting just seemed to flow from there.”
‘Alongside the playful, Gallagher-esque lyrics on new single ‘It’s Up To Me Now’ there’s a hint of Alex Turner’s pre-LA drawl about Andy Towse’s vocals and a scratchy guitar solo half-inched straight from those recent Libertines album sessions.’ – NME
‘’It’s Up To Me Now’ is a crisp, potent introduction to their charms. Staring at the stars when down in the gutter, it’s a triumphant cry that will connect to anyone who’s been up against it.’ – Clash
Andy and James, who are both now 19, weren’t even aware of other legends they were accidentally emulating, “People would say to us ‘you sound like The La’s or the Everly Brothers’ or whatever. We hadn’t even heard those bands before we started, obviously then we went back to listen and yeah, it’s cool, people are always going to make comparisons whatever you do.”
Enlisting bassist Ellis Keogh and drummer Lloyd Tuton they began to concentrate on gigging in the North of England, building a strong fan-base in places like Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Sunderland.
In the process they began attracting the attention of the major label A&R pack, not that the industry attention is something that’s playing on the band’s mind, “It’s not something that we’re particularly interested in to be honest,” says Andy, “Playing gigs and winning over new fans wherever we go, writing great songs, that’s all that really matters.”
As labels line up to court them and the band heads off to play their next string of fan-base building shows, it’s rewarding to see such a young band happy carving their own unwavering path to new Fronteers. Boldly, go.
They will be announcing details of their next single soon, which sees Cam Blackwood again on production duties.
FRONTEERS are Andy Towse (Vocals / Guitar), James Taylor (Vocals / Guitar), Ellis Keogh (Bass), Lloyd Tuton (Drums).
19th JAN LEEDS OPORTO
20TH JAN BIRMINGHAM SUNFLOWER LOUNGE
22ND JAN CHESTER THE COMPASS
23RD JAN LEICESTER SCHOLAR
26TH JAN YORK FIBBERS
27TH JAN NOTTINGHAM THE BODEGA
28TH JAN LIVERPOOL SHIPPING FORECAST
30TH JAN MANCHESTER NIGHT & DAY