Weatherbird To Release Devastatingly Catchy “Johnny Strange”


singlesIMPACT DATE: 28th October 2013
LABEL: End Of The Trail Records

 Weatherbird are still teenagers – but have the knack for writing unforgettably melodic tracks that songwriters twice their age would kill for.

And new song Johnny Strange doesn’t hesitate getting to the chorus – but when it’s this catchy and huge, why waste time?


Having won The Guardian‘s first Breaking Bands feature, and following debut single I Might Be More Than You Know hitting #1 on the Amazon Hot New Releases Chart, Johnny Strange is an enormously ambitious signal of intent for the boys from Birmingham.

It’s a song resolutely aimed at snagging as many fans as possible via the simple thrill of a brilliant, pristine choruses and an astonishing quiet/loud wall of sound. Johnny Strange‘s talon-sharp hooks will stick in your head and not let go…

Listen if you like: Nirvana/Pixies loud/QUIET dynamic,  R.E.M.‘s rock melodies, The Strypes, or insanely catchy choruses.

Johnny Strange is taken from forthcoming EP Cut Me Loose (also out on the 28th October) produced by the hugely talented Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead, Twin Atlantic), and is accompanied by a powerful, enticingly odd video.

Gary Crowley, BBC London:“Impressive!” 
John Robb, Louder Than War: “Powerful, driving, impassioned”
Jim Gellatly, Amazing Radio: “Wonderful!”
Alternative Escape (The Great Escape):Johnny Strange is one of the best songs you’ll hear this year.”
Brighton Source: “Frontman Jacob Ball embodies the punk ethos of Ryan Jarman’s [The Cribs] angsty little brother!”


Jacob Ball – vocals/guitar
Rueben Gwilliam – drums
Josh Taylor – bass
Dom Farley – guitar.


Fri 11th Oct Bournemouth Anvil
Sat 12th Oct Birmingham Actress + Bishop
Sun 13th Oct Newcastle Think Tank
Mon 14th Oct Brighton Latest Bar
Tue 15th Oct London Enterprise
Wed 16th Oct Blackburn Live Lounge
Thur 17th Oct Manchester Retro Bar
Fri 18th Oct Liverpool Lomax
Sat 19th Oct Sheffield Redhouse


Release date: 17 August 2009

Label: Slippery People Recordings

Available from: iTunes

The Cordels
‘ first single, Dance in Time, sees the twentysomething Warrington three-piece digging deep for their lyrical themes whilst deftly crafting an anthemic, indie-pop classic.

An early demo of the track found its way to top producer, Jim Lowe [quote below], who immediately offered his mixing skills to polish it into the gem it is now.

With a songwriting dexterity and musical prowess that belie their years, The Cordels have won airplay in some well-respected quarters. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe gives early support, as does Tom Robinson for BBC 6 Music and Loz Guest at Kerrang Radio.

After only three months in the current line-up The Cordels are drawing comparisons with the early days of that other classic three-piece, The Police, with each band member bringing a simmering passion and an effortless cool that explode into a frenetic, self-assured live performance.

Dance in Time is a fan favourite and questions how free we really are living in the affluent West and how much we’re constrained by social pressure, work, money and debt.

26 June: The Ruby Lounge [supporting Kid British] – Manchester
18 July: Whatfest! 2009, Whatcroft, Cheshire
22 Aug: Mojo – Warrington
28 Aug: The Box – Crewe

Steven Taylor – vocals and guitar
Dave Wimbush – vocals and drums
James Kennedy – vocals and bass

Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Foo Fighters): “When I heard their demo I knew I had to work with them”

Peter Nash (Helter Skelter Agency): “I have been listening to about 50 new bands over the weekend whilst getting ready for SXSW … The Cordels sound better than the lot of them”

Jim Gellatly (BBC Scotland): “I fully expect I will be playing The Cordels a lot in the future!”

BBC Manchester Introducing: “Just had my ears opened to The Cordels and I’m liking what I hear – I recommend you opening your ears too”

Loz Guest, Head of Music, Kerrang Radio: ”Great harmonies, works brilliantly well, with a fantastic identity. They’re going to do really well, I like them!” “This band are incredible to watch, not just for music, but for the obvious passion that drives the set from all three members”