The Spitfires bring me back to the days of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Steve Jones’ later project The Professionals as well as later pioneers Bad Religion and Rancid. What sets The Spitfires apart are better hooks and a tighter sound which I can really appreciate. The vocals of Billy Sullivan are spot on for the music the rest of the band spit out with the swagger of Jagger and the thunder of Johnny Thunder plus all the originality that is so rare in music these days. The Spitfires would feel equally at home headlining Download in 2015 or as musical guests on The Young Ones in 1982. What that says to me is timeless.
What really impresses me, however, is when they deviate from the norm and really surprise the listener. Listen to the horns in “Escape Me” and the transition into the absolutely beautiful “Spoke Too Soon” or the 12 string intro to “4AM” and you will see what I mean. This band is timeless…period. Personal favs are “4AM”, “Tell Me”, “Escape Me” and “Disciples”.
Their much anticipated 13-track debut album ‘Response’ will be released on August 21st 2015 on vinyl, CD and download on their own ‘Catch 22’ record label, via Republic of Music.
About The Spitfires:
Formed in September 2012 by Sullivan (vocals, guitar) who recruited Sam Long (bass) and Matt Johnson (drums) to the cause, the band spent their first two years as a trio before augmenting their sound with the addition of Chris Chanell (keyboard, vocals). Their last single ‘Stand Down’ sold out in two days, but there’s no need for hype or “next big thing” tags here; just building a fan base the old fashioned way, via a strong work ethic and touring their arses off – that spirit and attitude is alive and kicking with The Spitfires. Their energetic and powerful live performances have already seen them play over 200 shows and with their growing fan base and reputation it’s no surprise that the band came to the attention of Paul Weller and The Specials who both personally invited them along for support slots in recent months. The band have also been part of advertising campaigns for clothing companies including internationally renowned brands like Merc, Baracuta and Dr Martens and have already racked up radio support at BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and a host of other digital stations.
The Spitfires are:
Billy Sullivan – Guitars/Vocals/Songs
Matt Johnson – Drums
Sam Long – Bass/Vocals
Chris Chanell – Keyboards/Vocals
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8/29-8/30,The Prince Albert,Brighton,United Kingdom,SOLD OUT,
9/11,The 100 Club,London,United Kingdom,SOLD OUT,
9/18,The Flapper,Birmingham,United Kingdom,,
9/25,The Georgian Theatre,Stockton,United Kingdom,SOLD OUT,
9/26,Think Tank,Newcastle,United Kingdom,,
10/3,Mill Arts & Events Centre,Rayleigh,United Kingdom,,
10/10,The Retro Bar,Manchester,United Kingdom,,
10/16,The Monkey Club,Hamburg,Germany,,
10/31,The Spa, Bridlington,United Kingdom,,
11/6,The Bassment,Chelmsford,United Kingdom,,
11/14,The Thunderbolt,Bristol,United Kingdom,,
11/20,Audio, Glasgow,United Kingdom,,
11/21,PJ Molloys,Dunfermline,United Kingdom,,
11/27,The Rifle Club,Portsmouth,United Kingdom,,
11/28,The Boileroom,Guildford,United Kingdom,,
12/5,Zephyr Lounge,Leamington Spa,United Kingdom,,
12/11,229,London,United Kingdom,JUST ADDED,
You can get your tickets at http://www.thespitfires.org/tickets/4586328117.