Female-Fronted Indie Rock Band 26th AVENUE Consists Of:
Demi Jay - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Lewis Clark - Lead Guitar
Alex Cathcart - Bass
Joe Larkham - Drums
The young female-fronted 26th Avenue are making their premiere, barrelling through the scene with a fresh revival for indie rock. Their fresh-faced 22-year-old vocalist Demi brings a distinctive flavour to the ensemble with her inimitable punk tones and a buzzing live stage presence.
The band weaves alternative sounds like Paramore’s alt-punk rock influence with the upbeat soft playfulness of Wolf Alice or YONAKA and then makes an unexpected turn aesthetically, taking it to a more punk place- There’s something of a monochromic return to mimeographed fanzines from the mid-nineties in their look. The opposite tends to happen when rock bands break into the mainstream, but 26th Avenue don’t care too much for conforming with those parameters.
The band had their start in 2018 doing live sets, and since then, the Sussex based quartet have introduced their nostalgia-inducing sound to the local circuit with overwhelming response. After being selected for airtime on BBC Introducing, the band received praise from Sophie and the Giants’ drummer Chris Hill, who was quoting saying, “I’ve been listening to 26th Avenue for a while now, and they just keep getting better and better.
They have contagious hooks and anthemic guitars, definitely look out for these guys as they are going to go far!” The band became UK Finalists in The Soundwaves Music Competition, enrapturing the audience of the Mainstage O2 Academy Islington with their electrifying high energy guitar riffs and charming them with female punk vocals reminiscent of Hayley Williams in her heyday. With this debut single release and a first EP in the creative pipeline called Fuel The Fire, they will be sure to capture their digital audience as well as their live fanbase.
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