Kestrel Palace – Get Up!
(Released March 5th 2021)
Manchester has always been a hotbed of musical talent. From the clattering industrial post-punk of Joy Division and The Fall in the 70s to the baggy hedonism of The Roses or The Mondays a decade later. From there right through the aspirational hedonism of Oasis landing at the musical melting pot that is modern day Manchester’s music scene.
The latest upstart vying for a spot in the city’s musical legacy is Kestrel Palace, who, tired with the frustrations and compromises that come with being in bands, has opted to strike out solo. Harbouring both swagger and a sense of self-sufficiency in equal measure, the 18 year old draws from a wealth of Manchester’s musical history, while providing it with a distinctly contemporary twist.
His latest single, and indeed his debut, ‘Get Up!’ couldn’t have come at a more fitting time. Two and a half minutes of clattering optimistic indie rock, it’s described by Kestrel Palace as being “about trying to make the most of your life; about making the best of a bad situation. I think that’s something people can heavily relate to currently.”
And well they might. 2020 was an unprecedented year, one we’d all rather forget about. But with a glimmer of hope on the horizon, and with tracks like ‘Get Up!’, stuff will only get easier.