Upbeat Sneakers – Hope & Glory (Foof Records) 
Upbeat Sneakers - Hope & Glory

Release Date: Out Now

Seven lads from Merthyr Tydfil with a penchant for Ska and guitar solos? Oh go on then, I think I squeeze them in. Upbeat Sneakers are an impossibly young bunch of lads with that gang mentality and some horns to boot so brace yourself because ‘Hope & Glory’ kicks in hard from the get-go. Blistering drums, lung busting horns and some seriously catch hooks are all in there and that just describes the first 30 seconds. This is punk-ska in the vein of Reel Big Fish and that whole 90s scene that come over from the US on the back of No Doubt’s success before Gwen Stefani went all weird. Oh, and there’s a B-side too, I love a B-side. ‘Here We Go Again’ is a little lighter in tone with a more indie edge but the guitars are still perky as fuck and those horns weave in and out like a velvet snake gliding through a busy bar. The good folk at Foof Records are getting a reputation for finding future stars and sharing their music with the wider world for free and Upbeat Sneakers are the latest product of that idealist business model. Perfect summer fun.

Live Dates:

19th August – Cyfarthfa Castle w/Madness
27th August – Sunbird Records, Manchester
10th September – Big Cwtch Festival

29th September – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff w/The English Beat