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Monday 07 September 2020

Brighton Rockers Will And The People Justify The Release Of Twenty-Five Tracks One At A Time

Brighton rockers Will and the People's new single Justify revolves around a spiritual, menacing yet soaring melody, and shows the band's penchant in their most recent releases for exploding genre boundaries.

Will and the People embrace enigmatic folk, hard-rock, pop and particularly elements of rap on this track with frontman Will Rendle's rhythmic opening verse.

"We wanted to bridge the gap of Lil Peep in his bedroom and Arctic Monkeys in a massive studio" Will explains. 

"It's us opening up to more modern ways of recording things."

One of the obvious results of this is Justify in its revolving, hurtling sound that craves sweat boxes as much as it does stadiums.

At the end of 2019, Will And The People revved back into the world with renewed vigour with a two-month tour of the UK, Europe and Australia, reconnecting with their self-sufficient DIY roots and more pumped and defiant than ever before. 

Will and the People - Shame - Official Music Video

In January, working with Distiller Records, they holed up in a studio near Bath for ten days and self-produced twenty-five songs with the plan of releasing songs one-by-one rather than holding out for an album, "to give our fans what we've denied them for the past three or four years. 

"We're going to be releasing more music in the next year than we have in the last five years. 

"This new era of fast releasing and putting it out as we make it and not sitting on it is a very inspiring time for us."

 
Will And The People - Seatbelt - official video

The result is tracks such as Justify, as well as a flurry of songs they've put out throughout this year with an inexorable momentum that saw them even manage to pull off a unique live show even in the midst of the world's current health crisis.

Previously, Will and the People have penned tracks with Jon McClure and Ed Cosens of Reverend and the Makers fame, as well as Jamie Reynolds of the Klaxons. 

In July, Will and the People performed two sold-out drive-in shows at Purton House in Swindon (the site of Festival on the Farm). 

The fully socially distanced shows were the first of their kind, as the band had organised them in a fully DIY style, having sourced the venue, staging and soundsystem themselves. 

The band are currently rescheduling a huge UK tour for next year to be announced soon, as well as dates supporting Rag'n'Bone Man in summer 2021.

Will and the People show no sign of relenting from their brand of genre-bending alternative rock, and there is a sense of rejuvenation in the band's new music, a refresh of their look and artwork in collaboration with renowned designer Luke Insect, and above all a sense of self-belief at their core.

For more info on Will and the People and new single 'Justify' CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley



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