The New Republic
Punchy riffs. Groovy licks. And bags of infectious energy.
The New Republic welcome a breath of fresh air to the indie rock scene with one goal in mind – to get people dancing.
Stemming from East Yorkshire, with a strong fanbase in the Birmingham region, the band combines the funky backbone of the Red Hot Chili Peppers with crisp, catch melodies reminiscent of The Strokes and Foals. It’s this unique, hypnotic sound that has earned them multiple gigs at O2 Academy venues, as well as slots at various festivals including Hull Trinity Festival and Tribfest. Not to mention their success in winning Viking FM’s ‘Big Audition’ battle of the bands competition in 2016.
But what makes this band really stand out, is their enormous stage presence. And the exotic acting and drama world that surrounds frontman, Sam Waites, drives this to unparalleled heights. Along with his iconic vocal melodies and crunching rhythm guitar-playing – he creates an electrifying atmosphere in every performance.Providing the je n’ais ce quoi is lead guitarist, Michael Hebdon. Unleashing no-nonsense riffs and sweet, soaring melodies, he transforms the hard-hitting rhythm track into a multi-layered masterpiece.
Every bassist is a wildcard - and the wacky antics of Tom Harteveld never go unnoticed on stage, as he holds his tight and catchy groove to form the band’s funky foundation. And, at the heart of the rhythm, is the mystery man Sam ‘Drummer Sam’ Evans. Often noted for delivering the piercing punch of the band in bewildering, effortless fashion, his advanced musical brain offers a secret weapon to the table.
With two EPs under their belt already, the groovy hit single ‘Rose Marie’, and a shed-load of new material on its way, The New Republic are eager to share their music with lovers of the dancefloor. And their mesmerising sound will ensure you can’t resist the toe-tapping temptation