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Taking influence from artists such as Bright Eyes and Cinematic Orchestra alongside the eking melancholy of Arcade Fire and the Pixies, Petch’s music is held together by his guttural story-telling in his native north-eastern tongue. The end result is something altogether unexpected, sitting somewhere between classical, folk and electronica. Richard Petch cut his teeth in the Leeds music scene as frontman and songwriter with alternative indie band, Hail Animator, featured on BBC Introducing, regulars at Live at Leeds, and Futuresound gigs around the city as well as various venues nationally. Hail Animator released We Live In Boxes in 2009, which was described by Vibrations magazine as ‘Dynamically Perfect’, as having ‘..well written, epic sounding songs.’ by Chasing Safety and as ‘...an impressive catalogue of anthems’ - No-Title Magazine.
"an impressive batch of songs displaying an impressively conceived vision for a debut release. The EP shows off several arrows to his songwriting bow, shifting gears from minimal acoustic and electronic sounds up to full-blown orchestral pop" - Drowned in Sound
Soulmates Never Die Leeds based 4-piece Soulmates Never Die play tuneful low fi songs inspired by acts like Yo La Tengo and Elliott Smith. "His confessional style – and smoke-tinged voice reminds you of hearing Mark Oliver Everett Eels spill his proverbial heart out into the gutter for the first time in recorded song." - DIY https://www.facebook.com/soulmatesnvrdie Reece Jacob One part of Hunting Bears, all parts awesome! http://www.reecejacob.com/news/