Struggling with the mundanities of life in an East Midlands market town. Bottling it all up and ready to explode. The quiet ones are the worst they say but there’s nothing quiet about Saboteurs’ outpouring of pent-up emotions.
The band’s 2018 debut EP attracted a growing fan-base and recognition by BBC Introducing, Richer Sound’s Artist of the Week and as finalists in Radio Wigwam’s Rock Act of the Year. From the gothic post-punk splendour and dark, foreboding rock of ‘Nobody Knows Me Like You’ , to the haunting slow-burn of ‘Coraline’ , Saboteurs manage somehow to transcend genres.
The juxtaposition stems from the contrasting styles of songwriters Ben Ellis (vocals/guitars) and Rick Whitehead (guitars/vocals). ‘We just can’t do trends. We end up chucking in elements from all manner of genres and smashing them together’.
With influences as diverse as New Model Army, Biffy Clyro, Neil Young and Thrice, Saboteurs’ debut album, ‘Dance With The Hunted’, is due for released on 4 May 2019. And with a new rhythm section in place – Pete Botterill (drums) and Geoff Standeven (bass) – and Kirsty Marlog on backing vocals, the band will be hitting the road again with live dates across the UK.