The Isle of Wight: several miles away from mainland Britain, synonymous with the idea of an old seaside resort turned retirement home, and, when the tide is in, the smallest county in England. Taking this all into account it is difficult to consider its place on the UK music scene, with so many other areas known for their famous residents. Signals. are set to change this concept.
The female fronted math pop four-piece’s dedication to music is unquestionable. As a recognisable name on the Southampton and Portsmouth music scene, they have supported and headlined numerous concerts, at local venues such as Avondale and Joiners. Comprised of Ellie Price (vocals), Mikey Webber (Guitar), Ryan Beachy (Drums), and Alex Vanblaere (Bass), the four piece have independently released two EP’s; ‘Facial Furniture’ and ‘Square Wheels’, and have a third release on the way, called ‘Sleep Talk’. With a solid sound, which is likeable, immediately recognisable yet original, their live performances are even stronger than their recorded music, a rare talent in an industry which is normally so reliant on auto-tune.
The band were set to play numerous dates at the 2014 Isle of Wight Festival. Unfortunately, due to illness, they only made it to their Sunday set. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the festival with a press pass, finding myself in the Kashmir Cafe stage on Sunday towards the end of their highly successful set. The crowd danced along, some even knowing the lyrics and assisting the still slightly croaky lead singer, Ellie Price.