“The Retakes Committee are one of the most exciting unsigned bands in London today.” –
Rocklike Inc. (Online Fanzine)
“The bile and spirit of punk rock, beautifully mixed danceable 60’s melodies and hooks” –
News Shopper (South London Newspaper)
“I did a double take at the sheer brilliance…Mark my words, you will hear more of these fellas”- eternallystupid.com (Music Review Website)
Roll over Mr. Gallagher; the desperations gone. Rock ‘n’ Roll was built on desperation. A hunger to use music to put a voice in the speechless and to put a words to a heartache. Dylan knew it. Lydon knew it. The Retakes Committee know it too.
The Retakes Committee’s youthful punk n roll explosion comes hurtling out of the South London, Bromley to be precise; a suburb better known for its murky past, vagabond poets and tragic souls. With all band members at just 20-years old, The Retakes Committee’s potential is undeniable. A sledgehammer to mindless rock n roll? Definitely. Spokesmen for the youth that dare not speak its name? Maybe, but only if invited.
Sounding like a hybrid of The Kinks underclass ideology, The Clash’s huge energy, The Velvet Underground’s raw frenzy and The Beatles pop melodies, The Retakes Committee are nonchalantly aware of the future. However, with hearts on their sleeve and guitars upon their shoulders, The Retakes Committee have no time for great masterplans as they blend everyday observational lyrics with spiralling, wandering prose.
Formed amongst the ruins of a thousand local bands, The Retakes Committee were long in the making. After winning local Battle of the Band competitions, The Retakes Committee independently recorded and released their debut EP, “Long Live The Retakes Committee” in late 2004. The effort was described as “one of those hidden works of genius that only crop up every so often” by eternallystupid.com (music review website).
After playing some of London’s most well-known venues (Upstairs At The Garage, Cargo, Buffalo Bar) and landing lucrative support slots with some up and coming acts (The Mardous, Junkbox, Tigermoth); the band really hit their peak with a storming set headlining the Shepherds Bush Empire in May as part of the Breakthrough Weekender; an event run as a showcase for the 18 hottest-tipped, unsigned bands in the country.
Lying in the gutter but looking at the stars; and all the while The Retakes Committee remain, the youth that dare not speak its name.
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