Earlier this year I discovered that indie rock legend Stephen Malkmus is a Hull City FC fan. I was only marginally surprised though as I’ve known that the spirit of Malkmus’s former band Pavement has been alive and well in Yorkshire and Humberside for some time now as just 55 miles west of the KC Stadium in Wakefield the Piskie Sits currently ply their slacker rock trade.
We’ve been listening to Piskie Sits a fair bit over the last few years after being sent their EPs by their label Philophobia Music, which seems to be uncovering talent in Wakefield on a near weekly basis.
Piskie Sits, along with St Gregory Orange, are our pick of their acts. St Gregory because they genuinely sound like a bunch of blokes who have stumbled upon some synths on the way back from a club at 4am and Piskie Sits because they do the whole American 90s alt rock schtick so well.
On Creature Feature, their debut album we have 11 tight indie rock anthems of love and loss, all delivered with a wonderful Yorkshire sense of irony. The music is just great, with the quick fire chord intro on Young Dumb and Full Of It and lead singer’s Craig Hale’s weary Yorkshire drawl on opener I Know and You’ll Know among many highlights.
The track Family Tree is pure indie pop gold, and demands indie discos the length of Britain to pick it for their set lists. Piskie Sits also do the whole Pixies slow-fast-slow thing as well, with the opening two minutes of Fin showcasing a more considered sense of song writing with lashings of whirly gig keyboards that are used just right in the mix.
by Joe Lepper
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