I get quite a few tracks/EPs sent to me to write about, however among work for university I sadly don't get chance to check it all out - I was pleasantly surprised when I found a track from Welsh rockers The People The Poet in my inbox! Four years ago in 2012, they were supporting Charlie Simpson on tour alongside Sam Beeton and I caught the show in Birmingham, it was the first gig I had an AAA pass for so it is a very fond memory, and I remember enjoying the bands set. There's also a lovely impromptu cover of Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al that Sam and TPTP filmed backstage at another of the shows on the tour.
|Paradise Closed EP artwork|
Since then, they've gone from strength to strength, releasing their debut record The Narrator in 2013, touring it extensively, supporting bands such as Deaf Havana and Straight Lines, and performing at a range of festivals including Latitude and The Great Escape. They've just returned from SXSW, which they were invited to play after impressing at the festival last year. They're set to release a new EP, entitled Paradise Closed, on April 1st via Beeline Records. The six track EP features the track Club 27, a track which pays tribute to the members of the so-called '27-club' (musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse, who died when they were only 27 years of age). It was recently debuted on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show, and you can listen below...
Described by Tom Sarig (Twin Atlantic and Gaslight Anthem manager) as the best music the band have written, the upcoming EP also features the tracks Matchday and When The Fire Goes Out which have received radio play from the likes of Huw Stephens and Dermot O'Leary. Having just listened to the full EP, I can heartily recommend taking a listen when it is released next week. It's a pretty varied set of tracks so I'm struggling to give a "if you like this... you might like it" style recommendation, but they're predominantly a rock band, with the press release for the EP highlighting comparisons between the tracks to artists such as Manic Street Preachers, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam - an eclectic bunch!
The People The Poet play a hometown EP release show at The Muni in Pontypridd on 1st April, and you can pre-order the Paradise Closed EP through iTunes here.