The People The Poet, formed in 2008 under the name Tiger Please and renamed in 2012, showed themselves to be yet another strong and extremely accomplished emergence from South Wales. Yet to be a group widely known by masses, this tour, which has seen them supporting Deaf Havana, should ensure a rapid growth in their popularity and deserved recognition.
The People The Poet are extremely good at what they do, delivering powerful folk-rock anthems combined with undeniable Welsh charm, and they will be a sure hit at the festivals they are lined up to play this summer.
Their first album The Narrator which took 3 years to make is an intriguing venture made up of a collection of songs based on stories trusted to the band by fans – each track a poignant moment in time or journey of someone’s life. The lyrics combined with brilliant instrumentals capture the emotions and the result is well crafted, delivering easy listening folk pop-rock with meaning.
However, a live performance of this band is a must to appreciate fully the talents of these Welsh rockers. They bring to the stage a mass of energy led by the superb vocals of Leon Stanford that carry a deep indie-rock vibe, which combine perfectly with the delicate harmonies delivered by the diminutive ‘guest’ singer Greta Isaac.
The People The Poet command the stage from the first note with strong drum rhythms of Lewis Rowsel, accomplished guitar and bass, and anthemic sing along choruses that draw in the audience with ease from the outset.
Sing, Take, Being Human and Stabilisers stand out – big songs, with good melodies and catchy choruses that showcase their undoubted talents.
The People The Poet deserve the praise and recognition for their outstanding début album The Narrator that everyone needs to hear but if the opportunity arises for you to see them live at one of the many venues across the UK this summer then I would recommend you do – you will not be disappointed!
The Narrator by The People The Poet was released 4th November.
Written By: Lindsy Stott
Photography by: Samantha Stott