Cardiff Four-piece Impress With Latest Single
Unsigned Cardiff band, Himalayas, released their brand new single, ‘Masquerade’ on 11th October. The track itself sets up a real sense of excitement with the band recently having announced a vast UK headline tour after their slot at Swn Festival, as well as being set to support Reignwolf on their European tour.
Sonically, the band have appreciated how the track appears to differ from their existing catalogue, claiming it reflects how their ‘sound has matured’. Such a deliverance already appears to have paid off, the track having garnered media attention, for instance already having been added to Radio X’s playlist.
Even just the opening of the track takes quite a departure from the likes of their 2017 single, ‘Thank God I’m Not You’. Almost reminiscent of Sheffield band, Nervous Pills’ track ‘Our Returns Policy’, the band initiates the song with a heavy bass intro with accompanying beats of the drum, this alone pushing its electrifying live feel.
While the track’s production appears at an elevated volume, one might say that lyrically, lead singer, Mike Griffiths’, vocals sound almost masqueraded. However, delivered much more clearly is ‘Put God in your pocket/ Jump into the river/ Sharpen your teeth for the masquerade’. In an earlier interview, the band explained how the track appears to reflect the ‘political climate’, as well as being reflective of the ‘rough year’ they had as a band. The track almost appears as a nod to both the pretence present in our current political landscape, as well as potentially imitating the harsh reality of such false shows in the music industry.
Catch Himalayas on their UK tour!
2nd November – Phase One, Liverpool
3rd November – Bedford Esquires, Bedford
4th November – The Waterfront, Norwich
5th November – The Horn, St Albans
9th November – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
10th November – Crofters, Bristol
11th November – Heartbreakers, Southampton
12th November – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth
14th November – The Cavern, Exeter
15th November – Muthers, Birmingham
16th November – Royal Park, Leeds
18th November – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
19th November – Broadcast, Glasgow
20th November – Think Tank, Newcastle
21st November – The Green Room, Middlesbrough
22nd November – The Cookie, Leicester
23rd November – Sin City, Swansea
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