What’s hard to believe about the band Mortal Tides is that not one of them is a day over the age of 17. Just check the track Houses and Drums from their forthcoming debut EP Break of Blue below. That opening catchy stick play is courtesy of George Brignal with Noah Bevington on vocal duties. The percussion and violin played by Jed work brilliantly and playfully hooks you along with Fergus Quill underpinning it all on bass.
Whatever their age they’re a welcome addition to the small independent label Wild Sound Records founded by singer songwriter Polly Paulusma (recently reviewed here). Alongside the likes of Maz O’Connor (reviewed here), The Pollyanna Band and Stylusboy this is a label worth keeping an eye on. They’ve certainly an eye for spotting talent as these lads have bucket loads of it, one to definitely watch out for!
Lead singer Noah Bevington and drummer George Brignal, whose rhythmic intuition form the foundations of this band’s hypnotic sound, started playing music together at primary school ‘way back’ in 2006/7, when their peers were still playing in the sandpit. Noah’s younger brother Jed joined in 2008 – and the fraternal chemistry between them is palpable. It’s a compelling combination.
The three cut their chops busking in the tourist university town of Cambridge before meeting bassist Fergus Quill in 2013, and the four-piece arrived at its sound. They are all multi-instrumentalists: Jed is equally comfortable on piano or violin, Fergus will pick up an electric or acoustic bass, Noah will strum mandolin while George swaps his drums for a guitar.
Mortal Tides play the Homegrown Festival this summer, and are writing more songs towards a full-length album before playing a mini-tour in October 2014.