Listen to Sunday
British four-piece Deaf Club have risen through their domestic scene's
indie ranks to emerge as real commercial contenders of 2013, their trio of single releases over the year having racked up both considerable radio coverage and plenty of column inches' worth of critical commendations. Alongside live dates with the likes of 2:54
and Dry the River, they were also one of the standout acts on this
year's BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals - and to see this band live is to become an immediate convert to their
Which has, so far, attracted enviable comparisons with some starry
names indeed. The Guardian's Paul Lester proffered parallels with The Cure and Slowdive when assessing the band; elsewhere, Clash magazine celebrated the band's "atmospheric and brooding" music. But as their radio reception illustrates, Deaf Club are not wallowing in any kind of self-fashioned misery. Their music, heard on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 (who premiered the band's latest single, 'Break It Slow'), Xfm (for whom they performed a live session in November 2012) and Amazing Radio, sparkles with an accessibility and mainstream-tempting nous that's so uncommon in bands of such relative inexperience.
With a publishing deal signed with Domino, and an EP on the cards for early 2013, Deaf Club are maintaining their course of
reputation-building confidence; their songs are blooming, their sets electrifying.
Deaf Club's releases in 2012:
Feb - 'Sunday' / 'Mirrors' (White on White/Kissability)
July - 'Moving Still' / 'Lights' (Too Pure)
October - 'Break It Slow' (free download)
Deaf Club is: Polly Mackey (guitar, vocals), Jac Roberts (guitar),
Paul Bates (bass), Tom Ryan (drums)