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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Year Zero: This Generation's Fightback Starts Now With The Modern Sound Of The Spitfires

You hear it all the time: 'Bands these days have got nothing to say' .. 'It's not like it was in my day' .. 'Where are the voices of today's generation?'

Well, maybe people should start shouting their mouths and opening their eyes and ears, starting with Watford's The Spitfires.

Four sharp lads both in style and sound from the suburbs of the capital city with hearts as big and as encompassing as London and sound as wide and naturally flowing as the Thames.

Their first few singles cracked with an energy of seeds being sown but their debut album Response, released in 2015, blew everything around out of the water. 

Rarely has a band sounded as ambitious, confident and of the moment. 

With singer and guitarist Billy Sullivan's sharp socially conscious lyrics and finely observed storytelling backed by a guitar driven fury and an exemplary rhythm section which set the foundations and structures as tight as a too small Fred Perry.

Bassist Sam Long, drummer Matt Johnson and keyboardist George Moorhouse don't just make up the numbers in the band.  


They are integral to its style and vision and Response sounded like fires burning brightly for the last gang in town.

But it's their third, and latest, album, Year Zero, which is pricking up ears and getting fists air pumping.

A strong nod to ska drive the socially aware lyrics. The band really are two steps forward while glancing over their shoulders to their musical heritage.

In a live setting The Spitfires excel in the same way as gigs by their spiritual forefathers The Clash, The Specials and The Jam were events which were much more than just a good night out. So it is with Watford's finest. 

The best gigs are the ones, which leave your head spinning, your feet aching and your mind buzzing. The Spitfires are masters of all three.

The Spitfires play at Patterns Brighton on Saturday 3rd November 2018. For more tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley and Andy Peart




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