Packing A Punch

The Relays

Last Night She Said

Killer Gorilla

November 2013

Greater Manchester band  The Relays have released their debut single ‘Last Night She Said’ via Killer Gorilla Records.

Comprised of four self-taught musicians (drummer Ben Harrington only got his first drum kit on joining the band) The Relays have taken time to hone their own memorable brand of indie rock in the upstairs room of a recording studio belonging to John Kettle, guitarist for indie folk bands The Tansads and Merry Hell, who likes the band so much he lets them practice there for free.

‘Last Night She Said’ opens with an immediately catchy guitar riff and builds towards an anthemic chorus which expresses the sentiment of triumphantly capturing a long sought after love. It is representative of The Relays’ infectiously upbeat sound, which has received substantial BBC local radio play in the North-West and allowed them to take part in several BBC Introducing sessions and quite a lot of play on the Aural Delight Podcast earlier in the year.

The band is comprised of Adam Redmond (vocals/Guitar), James Borland (lead guitar), Paul Hitchen (bass) and Ben Harrington (drums). They formed back in 2012 after they were offered a live show at a large venue in their hometown. As the band stated: “we quickly enrolled a few people we knew from the local music scene and luckily found a winning combination.”

Sleeve artwork for the single comes courtesy of Brian Cannon, who has previously designed iconic covers for Oasis and The Verve. Lead singer Adam first met Brian at the age of 11 when he appeared as the child teaching the classroom of adults on the cover of Oasis’ ‘The Masterplan’ album. Following the shoot, Adam went back to Brian’s house where he played one of Johnny Marr’s guitars, which inspired him to continue playing.

The band have also announced a string of live dates across the country in the run up to their new single release, more details of which can be found at:

Ahead of the release of   ‘Last Night She Said’, the band will be offering an exclusive track, ‘You Invented Horror’ as a free download.

‘You Invented Horror’ is a song which describes escapism from life in a passé town. The song opens with deep melancholic imagery that is beautifully relayed through the lead vocal. The feelings described in the intro are propelled into the limelight with the powerful chorus, it encapsulates the sentiment of anxiety surrounding the need to escape a culturally démodé place. ‘You Invented Horror’ sees The Relays hone their trademark sound – catchy and emotionally poignant indie music which displays their passion and love for music create something distinct, fresh and memorable.

The Aural Delights View : The band got heavily featured on the podcasts earlier in 2013 and i’m pleased to see their quality melodic tune-smithery is in full affect on this excellent high tempo number. Adam Redmond’s rich vocals set the band apart from the generic Manchester sound, and the band’s enthusiastic and muscular delivery makes for required listening.


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