Hertfordshire newcomers The Late Aprils have emerged from the pandemic-enforced lockdown armed with hard-hitting riffs and engaging vocals in an intoxicating sound that they describe as “soaring, anthemic and riff-tastic.”
The band began in one of the least rock’n’roll settings imaginable, as Louee (drums) and George (drums) met at a summer street party alongside elderly neighbours serving up cups of tea and chocolate brownies. The pair soon got chatting about music and jammed Rage Against The Machine covers in Geroge’s basement before bringing in Greg (guitar), who was George’s boss. They soon realised they had plenty of original ideas and went about finding the right singer, which saw Mike arrive in the early months of lockdown.
They’ve since set about crafting their own sound, in collaboration with producer Adam Horrell over the long months of lockdown through the pandemic. That saw them release their debut single in November 2020 followed by three further tracks.
On the sound they’ve honed since, the band tells us: “We try to combine big singalong choruses with punchy hooks, so you’ll be stuck with our songs long after you leave a performance. We play with a lot of energy and there are plenty of big rock riffs to headbang along to.”
Our latest taste is Clouds, which was released last month. It starts with cool atmospheric guitars and a rumbling little riff over rolling drums that feed into driving drums and a stabbing bassline over Mike’s engaging opening vocals. It builds up to a powerful singalong chorus supported by lively guitars, which drops into heavy drums and guitars.
A livelier second verse is supported by little guitar flurries, then vocals over a bassline and repeats of “Never looking back again” build up to another catchy chorus.
On the track, the band told us: “The reception has really blown us away. Clouds is probably the single with the broadest appeal to people outside of the hard rock scene. We’d like to think fans whose tastes lie anywhere in between Tom Grennan and Bring Me The Horizon are going to love it. There are hard-hitting rock breakdowns, for sure, but there’s also a really mellow bridge with a gospel-like quality, not to mention huge vocals from Mike that any music fan will be able to appreciate.
“We hope the message will resonate, too. It’s about letting go of someone or something that’s holding you back or having a negative impact on your life, and the massive feeling of relief you get when it stops dragging you down. It’s about knowing your demons can’t touch you anymore and the sky is the limit. For this reason, we think the song is a fitting anthem for the lifting of lockdown restrictions. So many people have felt trapped, both mentally and physically, and this track is about breaking those chains.” Check it out in the video below:
That followed the excellent Hurricane, which launches straight into a lively opening driving riff and drums before fast-paced vocals over a cheeky slap bass. It continues into a big catchy chorus “It’s like a hurricane, And I can’t stand it, I can only see that it hurts my brain, And every time I see it, I only wanna leave it alone.” A second chorus extends then drops into a funky stabbing bass with little guitar blitzes that build up to a final blast of the chorus. Check it out in the lyric video here:
A personal favourite track may be debut single What Remains, which opens up with a delicious effects-ridden riff then a moody opening verse. The vocals build over a stabbing riff and feed into a big singalong chorus. A more intense second verse feeds into another powerful chorus then the opening riff returns and builds towards a final chorus.
All of these tracks are building up to the band’s debut album Dying For A Future, which is also the title of their lively second single. The track is an anthem for what we’ve all been through in the last 18 months, bringing together themes of anxiety, apathy and anticipation, and was recorded entirely from the band members’ homes. Check it out in the video below:
The Late Aprils band members have been influenced by what they describe as “a whole smorgasbord of musical influences” from the Sex Pistols to Lin Manuel Miranda. But they all agree their sound has been heavily shaped by modern British rock bands like Royal Blood, Lower Than Atlantis and Boston Manor.
And on what inspires them to write music, they tell us: “Most of it is inspired by personal experience, but not in a narrow sense. We’ve used our songs to filter our own perspectives on everything from ex-girlfriends to climate change. The lyrics to all our tracks have a real story behind them, but we want listeners to interpret our music in their own way.”
The Late Aprils are fresh off the back of playing their first show without social restrictions, and it was a big one at the O2 Academy Islington on Friday night. They’ve also got plenty of gigs lined up next month before building up to releasing their debut album later this year.
As the band explain: “For all four of us in The Late Aprils, being in a band is about performing live. Of course we want to reach new audiences through streaming platforms like Spotify, but there’s no buzz like the one you get coming off stage. We hope that people can come and see us perform in the near future. We promise we’ll put on a show!”