This Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised multi-talent will transport you to his sonic world and make it look easy.
In May 2019, Canadian pop-punk infused five-piece Pottery released their highly anticipated debut EP, the aptly titled No.1, and took to The Great Escape to deliver their surf-tinged atypical sound to the masses. Now making waves across the globe with their modern take on a retrospective sound, meet the Montreal band riding the rickety waves.
Montreal based five-piece bringing together post-punk, pop and a riotous indie-disco dance, with a surf-tinged twist for good measure.
On No.1, their debut EP, Tom Gould, Paul Jacobs, Jacob Shepansky, Peter Baylis and Austin Boylan travel through genres and time, bringing it all together with jangly guitars and distinctive yet distorted vocals. Worked Up plays with the conventions of post-punk and surf, whilst standout Lady Solinas yearns for the rock and roll heyday. The five-piece claim to draw on Scottish post-punk outfits Orange Juice and Josef K, as well as atypical stateside science fiction pedlars Devo for inspiration, which goes someway to describe Pottery’s swirling blend of musical prowess and unashamed oddness.
Officially from Montreal, Pottery’s overt British influences may stem from their internationally acquired membership. With British and Canadian blood, the band first emerged towards the end of 2018 with lead single Hank Williams, named after the highly-influential American musical pioneer.
“Once we had the bones of the song in place a friend heard it and said it sounded like Hank Williams on speed,” they said back upon the song’s release. “We liked that idea, so we ran with it for the lyrics. There ya have it, Hank was born (again).”
Fast forward less than half a year, and Pottery unveil their debut EP, No.1, which alongside the homage to the American singer-songwriter also includes subsequent singles The Craft and Lady Solinas, as well as the psychedelic post-punk opus Lifeline Costume that closes the seven-track release.
The release comes courtesy of Partisan Records, home to touring partners and fellow punk aficionados Fontaines DC, and arrives following shows with the likes of indie-favourites Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees and fellow rising stars Viagra Boys.
Much like their influencers, Pottery take what has come before and wrap it in a brilliantly unconventional sound.
Where can I see Pottery live?
Pottery have announced a handful of headline dates around their festival appearances later this year. Grab tickets through TicketWeb.co.uk.