The same week as we recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the greatest album of all time (Nevermind, obviously), we were introduced to a Manchester band being referred to as “Britain’s answer to Nirvana.” So we knew we had to see what the fuss was all about.
And we weren’t disappointed, as we discovered an intoxicating, raw sound led by distorted guitars and soaring melodies.
The teenage quartet met in school and shared a mutual love for all things rock and roll. They started off playing covers of their favourite bands before starting to write their own music, which led to them honing a grunge/alt sound that they describe as being “heavy, energetic, charismatic and loud.”
They were swiftly snapped up by Grunge Pop Records after the label heard their demos. And they’re now spearheading a new grunge movement / revival for the original grunge lovers and people who are too young to experience the original one alike.
Our first taste of this is the band’s superb debut single The Only One, which was released in August. It starts out with a light bassline that continues under frontman Spencer McCall’s engaging vocals “The writing’s on the wall, You’ve no time at all to fall.” Heavy stabs of guitar jump in as the vocals continue and intensify, then a cool wah-ridden lick is supported by driving chords and drums.
That flows into a huge singalong chorus “‘Cause I’m the only one, And you’d like to see me fall, But you’re the only one, And I don’t wanna see you go, I don’t wanna be alone.” The pace drops a little with a little riff and light guitars that continue into a laid-back second verse. The stabs of guitar return then build up to another huge chorus, which gives way to driving drums and huge screamed vocals under a cool solo.
It drops back into light twinkling guitars, which support a repeat of the opening vocals before building towards a final blast of the chorus. Trust us, this song will be swirling around in your head for a while.
On the track, the band told us: “It’s great to have The Only One finally out so people can listen to it. We’ve had such a good response since the release, people can expect a loud heavy, rock song with great vocals and loud guitars.”
”I think The Only One is a mixture of the ‘90s alternative rock sound and a personal influence of mine, My Chemical Romance. Every part of the track is massive from Jacob’s growling rhythm and Keenan’s thumping yet melodic bass. I think it’s a song that would never work without one of us. I think it’s the most unified we are in a song.”
While Spencer said: ”I think The Only One is a mixture of the ’90s alternative rock sound and a personal influence of mine, My Chemical Romance. Every part of the track is massive from Jacob’s growling rhythm and Keenan’s thumping yet melodic bass. I think it’s a song that would never work without one of us. I think it’s the most unified we are in a song.”
And guitarist Jacob Webb added: “It’s about someone who’s lost control and is spiralling through depression and can’t come to terms with the anger they’re dealing with.” Check out the track in the video below:
The Stereotyped sound has been heavily influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Slipknot and “a lot of heavy bands.”
And on what inspires them to write music, they tell us: “War and emotions really but we like our audience to come up with their own meanings behind songs.”
It’s safe to say you should expect a lot more from Stereotyped in the future, including more new music and a couple of gigs in Manchester and Nottingham.
And, although this is very much the start as far as the band concerned, we’re very excited to hear from this young band in the future.