The Fleas, Reading’s exuberant indie-roots quintet, are to release their anticipated new EP, ‘Telling Tales’, on all digital platforms on Monday 27 April. The band, who have appeared on the airwaves with increasing regularity in 2015, kick off ‘Telling Tales’ with the 80s-inspired floor-filling folk-pop of ‘Free’; followed by the rousing new-wave anthem for athleticism, ‘Born To Run’; the sultry country shuffle of the salutary ‘She Doesn’t Miss You’; and closing with ‘No More Tears’, a song The Fleas performed live on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show earlier this year. As a collection, ‘Telling Tales’ captures not only The Fleas’ versatile musicianship, but also their flair for mightily infectious pop hooks.
“Wonderful” Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2
“Our pick of the week by a country mile. Gets a big thumbs up from me and from the listeners too” Sarah Champion, Absolute Radio
“Oozing optimism and an anthemic sense of joy… [The Fleas’] ‘Born To Run’ is a slice of chaotic brilliance” GigSlutz
The tracklisting for ‘Telling Tales’ is as follows:
- Born To Run
- She Doesn’t Miss You
- No More Tears
About The Fleas
The Fleas are a Reading-based five-piece who meld vintage influences and fresh grooves, landing somewhere between The Kinks and the Pixies. Their heady brew of expansive indie pop and funky folk-rock is elevated by an ear for inspirational melody, resulting in an potent, feel-good sound incorporating elements of The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Elvis Costello and Kirsty MacColl. Vocalist Piers peppers his lyrics with worldly wisdom, his voice embellished by gorgeous three-part harmonies from percussionist Bernadette and drummer Mannie, who, with Woody on double-bass and Chris on guitar, form an Anglo-Argentine backbone that infuses the band’s indie instincts with touches of Latin and jazz. The Fleas’ set at Manchester’s In The City was one of a hatful of sought-after festival slots, and the band have been aired on BBC 6 Music and Absolute Radio, not forgetting their masterful acoustic session on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show earlier this year, delivered while Bernadette was seven months pregnant. A forceful live proposition to boot, The Fleas are one bug you’d do well to catch in 2015.
See The Fleas live at the official ‘Telling Tales’ EP launch at The Finsbury, London N4 on Friday 1 May