As we launch NME Emerging – a platform where unsigned acts can build up and manage a profile page for their music, right here on NME – we’ll be shining a light on all of the new profiles each week that stood out against the rest. If you sign up, you could end up right here on NME.com, just like this week’s pick, Gaffa Tape Sandy. Here’s what you need to know about them.
From: Bury St. Edmunds
Sounds Like: Urgent and riotous garage rock that packs both bark and bite.
For Fans Of: Wolf Alice, Jay Reatard, Black Lips
Why you’re going to love them: Last week we shined a light on KYANOS – a four-piece from Bury St Edmunds that made dreamy, woozy music to get really, really high to. Gaffa Tape Sandy – a raucous DIY three-piece – are also becoming a huge part of the town’s devilishly exciting scene, frequently tearing up the buzzing Washing Machine club night. For very different reasons, mind.
Gaffa Tape Sandy’s string of singles are thrilling slices of punk rock, interlaced with killer melodies that most bands would be dying for. Their own Soundcloud page boasts that each member has “an undying love for music that makes you want to move around and punch your best friend in the head”. Truth be told, their own isn’t too far from it.
Take their latest single, ‘Beehive’ as proof. Skittish time signatures à la Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees kick things off, but when the group operate at full throttle in the chorus things rightly kick things up a gear – evoking memories of Wolf Alice’s most raucous early singles.
There’s even more to love in the Spring Killing EP – jam-packed with arms-aloft bangers that’ll make you want to pick up a guitar just so you can smash it into smithereens. Gaffa Tape Sandy are that good.
Best Track: ‘Beehive’