Ross Liddle - Voice + Guitar Chris P Willsher - Lead Guitar + Piano Julia Sieradzki - Bass Guitar Yameen Khan - Drums
Originally opening for business in Spring2006, The Firm had been bubbling beneath the surface of London up until the middle of 2008, when its aims began to be made flesh. The dynamic and definitive Firm - Ross Liddle (voice & guitar), Chris PWillsher (lead guitar & piano), Julia Sieradzki (bass guitar) and Yameen Khan (drums) - came together and thus The Firm was born.
Prior to that, its foundations had been laid by Liddle &Sieradzki, with help from Stefan Hauschildt and Alex Avery. Taking inspiration from acts as diverse as Sonic Youth, Suede, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Smiths and probably a load of other bands whose names begin with ‘S’(and several more with those that don’t), the aim to combine juxtapositions - leftfield with pop, shoegazing with exhibitionism, poetry with prose, violence with sexuality, the literary with the cinematic, comedy with tragedy, the epic with the guttural, atmospherics with brutality, psychedelia with punk - has been greatly expanded upon, and will no doubt continue to be so.
A great many gigs were played, including shows at The Purple Turtle, The Islington Academy, The Good Ship, The Hope & Anchor, The Bull & Gate and (most strangely) The Polish Culture Festival before the group self-released a couple of early Eps. Around this time, they set up alternative club night The Vapour Trail, initially a strictly DIY project that even saw them edit a monthly fanzine, along with play host to several exciting new bands (some of whom are very much involved to this day and can be found in the top friends). The club night is now held every third Friday of the month and sees regular DJ sets from Sieradzki, amongst others.
During 2008, the aforementioned definitive line-up emerged, eternally clad in black and consistently bludgeoning ears, with often noisy and atmospheric pop songs, coloured by Sieradzki’s pounding bass, Khan’s powerful drums and Willsher’s guitar orchestras. Topped up with Liddle’s sardonic and witty wordplay, they call themselves “The Poetic Wall Of Sound” and will release “If You Don’t Want To Know Life’sDismal Results” on Whimsical Records on March 9th.
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