On this weeks Wire Fm’s weekly ‘Unsigned’ feature, we are showcasing two artists with brand new singles, pop duo Ryker Sear, and Alt-Indie-Pop band, Weekend Wars. Unsigned on Wire FM can be heard on the Dominic Walker show around 1:30pm on Friday 11th August.
Formerly a rock band, having earned praise from the likes of Rock Sound magazine Ryker Sear‘s musical path had not been easy. “As much as I love rock and some heavier music, we were starting to drift into territory that I wasn’t comfortable with, and didn’t truly believe in”, Regan (the band’s front person) admits.
They decided to move forward as a duo, and take more inspiration from Regan’s love of pop, taking time out to record and experiment in order to find their new sound. During this time, some songs were recorded and later abandoned, but one really stuck, and it was called ‘Don’t Know Me’.
Regan, whose family are from Warrington wrote ‘Don’t Know Me’ when she was, ”in a bad place. I was thinking about all the things we’d been through, and how we’d move on. There was a lot of frustration and sadness there. I felt alone. It was really easy for me to write the lyrics (not always the case!) as I just sat there and it poured out, ‘Dear Diary’ esque. Recording the song was not an entirely smooth process, but we worked really hard, and with James’ mix, we knew we had something special”.
Weekend Wars crashed onto the north west music scene in late 2015 and this year have been regular visitors to Warrington, playing Friars Court and the Golden Square Music Festival in recent months. They’re on a mission are to be different to the “standard” Northern guitar bands; in their own words, there is “no swagger” to their music. To enjoying life and bring a lighter, energising sound to the party is their aim.
That they do with brand new track, Champagne Eyes, which has the perfect summer vibe. Recorded with Al Groves (Bring Me The Horizon) at the Motor Museum in Liverpool, the track is out now. The band play Manchester Club Academy on Friday 15th September, tickets are on sale here.
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