NEW MUSIC: The Caress - Why Don’t We Take A Walk By The Sea?
09 Oct 2019
Atmospheric pop from the London quintet
The Caress are an alternative five-piece based in London, creating their own brand of melodrama that is quintessentially British, consisting of brothers Tom & Ben Easton, on lead vocals / guitar & bass respectively, Cameron MacInnes on rhythm guitar, Dave Hickman on lead guitar and Tom Welby on drums.
Their debut EP, ‘You Say I Kiss Like A Girl’, was an early insight into the bands atmospheric pop stylings and included tales of young summer crushes and bored checkout girls. The lead single, ‘You’re Always Miles Away’, was hailed by the likes of 6 Music, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Clash. It has also racked up over 70k streams on Spotify after being added to the Fresh Finds playlist. During this time, they also supported the likes of Fontaines DC, Talk Show and Junodream.
Working with Eddie Al-Shakarchi (Boy Azooga & Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard), the band completed a collection of tracks in Autumn 2018, honing in their song craft whilst maturing, lyrically. The songs are built on expansive, driving soundscapes akin to My Bloody Valentine and The Stone Roses, below intricate Johnny Marr style lead lines. Lyrically, the band have continued to depart from the cheeky naivety of their debut work and have delved deeper into feelings of loneliness and loss of innocence.
This year they have self-released two singles from these sessions, ‘Bruiser’ and ‘Oh God (I’m Lonesome)’, which have garnered passionate support from Steve Lamacq on 6 Music, Abbie McCarthy at BBC Introducing and playlisting on Amazing Radio and Spotify. Their latest self-release on 4th October is a reworking of their debut single and live favourite, ‘Why Don’t We Take A Walk By The Sea?’. The track is an emotional, driving number; with a beat inspired by 60s stompers and a wall of swirling Jesus & Mary Chain influenced guitars. Its tone is wistful, yet grows macabre and stormy as the track progresses. The song's lyrics deal with escapism and feelings of claustrophobia within a hectic, grey, monochrome London.