With the recent news of the widely publicised departure from Blink, many would argue that the entire genre is dying, that these bands have nothing new to offer the industry. After listening to Audrey, Start the Revolution i'd say they're wrong.
Audrey, Start the Revolution
A rather young band hailing from Kent these guys are bringing an all new flavour to good old fashioned American Punk Rock, with slightly heavier guitar tones, soaring vocals and solid drums that are consistent and impressive yet subtle and decisively not flashy, as is so common with bands these days.
The music is simple, uncomplicated and doesn't require Satriani level skills to play, however in this case it's brilliant. It's simplicity is what makes it so enjoyable, and what it lacks in technical riffs it makes up for in creativity and pure enjoyment, and it has bucket loads of both. In short, sometimes you need something you can switch off and listen to with your WKD alco-pops!
Stand out track is definitly "Born to lose" with it's cleverly layered consistent riff throughout and great lyrics, it's a driving party tune that would not go amiss in most alternative club nights, squeezed between 'American Idiot' and 'All The Small Things'.
I managed to grab an interview with front man Andrew Flintoff (no relation to the cricketer i believe) and this is what he had to say:
Q: How did the band form?
Our band formed quite organically over a year or so in 2013. Me and Dave started busking together and I started jamming with our drummer, Duncan, and each of our musical inclinations and attitudes seemed to compliment one another so I showed them the songs I was writing.
Q: What are you guys up to at the moment, whats the next step?
I left University last year and the rest of the band are still working towards their degrees. We're all in different towns in the South-East and London; that's the context that we try to fit the band into. We're writing, recording and playing shows as and when we can. It's a bit like carving a sculpture. It's becoming more clear where we're going as time goes on but we're not taking it too fast nor too slow.
Q: What are your influences, personal and musical?
As a band our influences amalgamate from various styles such as modern metal and hardcore, alternative rock, and John Legend.
Personally we're influenced by people in various ways. I love people watching and follow the Humans of New York page on Facebook and that sort of thing. The uniqueness of individuals is what I find very inspiring. I'm also a big fan of peaceful activists like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Shane Claiborne.
Q: What do you hope to achieve this year?
Hopefully this year we will record some real drums.
Q: What is the best gig you've played to date?
We just played the Rafters in Maidstone and didn't screw up badly and the crowd enjoyed our set. So I'm super happy about how that show turned out.
Q: What is your dream gig?
I think my dream gig would be setting up on a high street and playing and having a flashmob of pre-informed fans showing up and forming a lively crowd.. without being stopped by the police.
Q: What was the worst gig you've played to date?
Our worst show ever was at a pub in Chatham and was hilarious. We couldn't hear each other, We had all sorts of sound problems, We didn't rehearse and screwed up pretty much EVERY song and at the end people who had no reason to lie came up to us and said they really enjoyed it. Some of them were sober. It was terrible but funny as well.
If you like what you've read then make sure to check the guys out at any of the following links:
FB: Audrey, Start The Revolution