We had a brief chat with the boys from Fronteers ahead of their set at Humber Street Sesh this Saturday.
Taking their name from a Kings of Leon B-side ‘Frontier City’, indie rock lads Fronteers have truly been making a name for themselves over the past few years. The group have had extensive radio play from the likes of Alan Raw, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq and have even been dubbed ‘the hottest thing in Hull’ by the NME. And who can blame them? With those angelic faces and a guitarist who resembles Justin Bieber with a fuller head of hair, they’ve got the full package.
You needn’t ask for their influences – you can hear them pouring out through each track. Fronteers are a clever band who have been able to fuse together the best of what’s to love from 90s britpop with the lyrical flow of Alex Turner, plus a bit of Beatles swag. The four piece who met through college way back in’t day have had some pretty respectful success considering they’re merely at the beginning of their journey. With an impressive string of live dates they’ve been keeping pretty busy throughout the summer and, let’s face it, they’re only going to get busier. Writing is generally a walk in the park for the boys too despite the odd band dispute.
‘We sometimes have our differences but we know each other really well and how to work well together. When it comes to the band we all have the same goal in mind and get the best out of each other’
Andy and James will generally come up with the ideas for music and lyrics until they all piece the song together. ‘Most of the time the end product doesn’t sound anything like what we expected it to initially.’ They all love to whip out the Tame Impala whilst Andy likes to wind down to a little Frank Sinatra.
‘Full Moon’ taken from their Streets We’re Born In EP was initially a song that started out as a mini jam that ended bursting with energy. ‘Andy was sat in his kitchen one night peering outside and there was a full moon so he began writing a few lyrics based around that.’
After attending as fans of the Humber Street Sesh festival for years, the group are mega excited to return this year in the hope of sunshine minus the showers. Unfortunately for the boys it rained through their entire set last year. But what’s a festival without a splash of rain? Generally the boys think no matter where you play in Hull, you’re guaranteed a good crowd. With hopes to continue supporting bigger artists and selling out shows up and down the country, the group would then like to travel abroad to bring the Fronteers magic to Europe.
Fronteers will play the Main Stage at the Humber Street Sesh on 6 August.
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