A new face in the Leeds music scene, Before Me have been playing music together not only as a band but as best friends for 7 years. Having moved from their hometown Cheltenham in the South West to study music in Leeds last year, the boys have spent their first year in Leeds writing, refining and recording music.
Before Me have found a synergy between atmospheric, delicate, electronic textures and high energy, live band elements to produce a sound that is as exciting as it is original. The production of their musical sound world is key to the band’s DNA and is displayed perfectly through their forthcoming single Can’t Sleep from the self-produced EP Do You Feel.
Taking influence from modern British guitar bands such as DON BROCO, The 1975 and Bring Me The Horizon, it’s no surprise to find emotional, hard-hitting choruses interspersed with detailed, synthesised backdrops throughout the EP. Lyrically, it explores stories personal to the band yet highly relatable to the audience, depicting the complex nature of relationships in adolescence and the hardships they can cause. The single ‘Can’t Sleep’ is an example of this, and was written during a period of time in which a relationship of such, affected one of the boys in a difficult way.
However, the cathartic nature of the song led to it becoming a seminal work for Before Me, further influencing songs to come. Whilst lyrically remaining transparent, the song naturally came into its own in a very short period of time, owing to the substance it possesses. It leaves nowhere to hide, and emanates a powerful sense of honesty – a value the boys hold dear to themselves as a collective, and as individuals.
Having taken a temporary hiatus from playing gigs to record and produce the Do You Feel EP entirely by themselves, Before Me are back, now armed with an arsenal of new music that is in line with where the band’s sound currently is. Before Me have a wealth of gigging experience under previous aliases, highlights of which include the Music For Youth Final 2015 (in which they won the best performance practise award, receiving feedback such as, “you write great hooks way beyond your age” at Birmingham Town Hall, 02 Academy Islington and many sold-out hometown shows. However, having taken the past couple of years to better themselves as musicians and as a collective, it’s safe to say there is a sense of maturity about the band’s sound and temperament.
Do You Feel will be available digitally on all major stores and streaming platforms June 19th. Can’t Sleep will be the first single released, with a music video to follow at a later date.