If you love screaming guitars and sumptuous, swanky 70s style rock then you will absolutely dig the delightful new platter from York band Anthea Drive. The band formed in 2019 and has been through a couple of line-up incarnations before settling on the present team of Cash Richards (Guitar), Sam Elliott (Guitar), Conor MacKinnon (Drums), Dec Suddaby (Bass), and newest recruit Michelle Jade (Vocals). While Michelle doesn’t feature on the forthcoming ‘Russian Roulette’ EP and the lead single “Yes, I Want To Be A Ballerina” she has joined as lead singer. Having heard her playing solo, I think she will improve an already fabulous sounding band. A quick shout to all you fact fans, in case you wondered the band is named after a road in York.
“Yes, I Want To Be A Ballerina” encapsulates every ingredient that a great rock song needs; riotous riffs, pounding drums, bone-shaking bass, great vocals, and hooks that really do hook you. Some of the bands’ key influences can be heard at different points. Notably Guns N Roses and the Foo Fighters on top of that there is a real sense of post-punk and power pop here. Bands like Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, the Motors, Be Bop Deluxe, and in the melody possibly the Buzzcocks. Given the right exposure, and I think they can get it, this is a band with huge potential. Based on this track I am looking forward to experiencing Anthea Drive live very soon and to hearing more music from them!
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