Headstand Parade put a new perspective on indie pop


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Indie pop quartet Handstand Parade release their new single ‘Pushing up Daisies’ as the outfit focus on a unique approach to the genre.

Founded in Reading, the band have a new EP called Who Loves You Now on the horizon as they channel a feeling of nostalgia; touching on the feelings of regret, loss, longing and resignation all tied up in a neat Alternative-Pop bow.

With clear influences to The Smiths and Joy Division to Nile Rogers and everyone in between, past and present. The musical wealth between the band members come together in this musically progressive union.

It was important for the band to create two opposing tones in the song; you have the lyrics which tell a sad and lonely story sung sorrowfully by lead singer Shaquille Howe completely put at odds with the Music created by the rest of the band. There is a feel of finality to the lyrics, the song was written in retrospect and that shines through. This song is built to dance too it has all the hallmarks of a pop track but the feel of a sad old love song.

The new EP was produced at RYP Recordings by Michael Smith (Wolf Alice, Bess Atwell, Kid Wave, Honey Lung, Weird Milk). It was written with a big focus on the future, the losses, the wins, the words we can never take back and the lessons we learn from them.

Handstand Parade are currently recording their new EP “Who Loves You Now” at RYP Recordings with a release planned this year and have been booked onto multiple major festivals in 2019. Listen to the single now and leave an ICM Rating out of 10.

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