Since their début gig at Sound Control (Manchester) in Sept 2012 The Propellers, an indie rock/synthpop band from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent have made quite an impression and are building a rapidly expanding fan base. They came onto the mainstream music scene in January this year, with the release of their first EP ‘ Midnight Kiss’ which was first played on BBC Introducing in Kent at the start of January, swiftly followed by Scott Mills and Sara Cox on Radio 1.
Despite looking as though the was their first venture off of a university campus this five piece band, led by the strong vocals of Max Davenport, opened the gig with a strong and confident performance of their follow-up single ‘Landslide’ from their second album released in April. They quickly succeeded in rousing a lethargic and fairly impartial crowd with their catchy choruses, strong rhythms and sheer enthusiasm.The classic indie tempo led by Archie Davenport, guitar and Charlie Simpson, bass mixed with a catchy synth-led sound from Jimmy Goodwin on keyboards, was matched by the strong rhythms from drummer Will Wilkinson and this winning combination soon had people up and dancing.
They ended their set with their third single release, ‘Black Mascara Eyes’, having won over a fair few more fans. This is a band to watch as their popularity is sure to grow rapidly throughout this Autumn tour as they continue to support Kids in Glass Houses on their UK tour.
Written by: Lindsy Stott
Photographs by: Samantha Stott