Mining a rich vein of rock ‘n’ roll through the ages, London four-piece The Steady Letters have exploded out of their scene almost instantaneously. Drawing comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys, Royal Blood and The White Stripes, there’s a dirty and dust-caked air of Americana around the band that’s offset by a distinctly British approach to their lyricism.
It’s this amalgamation of heavy grooves and kitchen-sink lyricism more akin to Arctic Monkeys that has stood The Steady Letters in such good stead, and seen them take to the stage at legendary London venues such as Nambucca and Water Rats – where they supported Welsh hard-rockers Himalayas. It’s not just on stage where the band have turned heads however, with previous singles earning them favour with various tastemakers, including BBC Introducing.
The band’s latest single, ‘The Blue’ is three and half minutes of angular riffs, thunderous percussion, all tied off with lead singer Joe Bayley’s inimitable vocal.
“The Blue is that place we’re all searching for where our imaginations are free and the shackles of modern life don’t seem so heavy.” Explains Bayley. “Rather than being a dream on the horizon however, – it’s about a feeling we can all embrace right now, in this moment, and let ourselves go.”
Indeed, that feeling of liberation and escapism runs riot through The Blue, mounting steadily as the track progresses before coming to a head in a beautifully expansive and cathartic conclusion.