Last year, Stalagmites proved to be great find for the Salford Star. After catching them play live we were impressed enough to short-list them for Best Band in our annual awards. Their gig with Shinny and Cinnamon Dinner at Swinton Legion was flawless and we were duly bowled over by their set.
We caught up with Brad, from the three piece band, to discuss what the band has been up to lately... "We played the Northern Blog Awards and have signed to London-based record label Veta Records which we marked by putting out a live video of a cover of 90s dance classic Born Slippy" he says "We also had our last single, Binary, played on ITV's This Morning twice, which was a bit twilight zone; never imagined that song sound-tracking a selection of coats and shoes when we wrote it!"
Stalagmites' melodic cover of Underworld's Born Slippy is a wonderful reimagining of a classic. It showcases their musicianship and gives a clear sense of a band enjoying their creative endeavours.
Brad explains why the band decided on the track: "Growing up as a little kid through the 90s these tunes get in your head somehow before you even know what a song is or why you're hearing it and then later on you hear it in a club like 5th Ave or 42s when you're 18 and pissed out your head and you're blown away by the euphoria and the future feels beautiful before you've even got there. This track does that. But we wanted to make it sound like us and I think we've done that 'cos a mate of ours didn't know the song and he thought we'd written it."
It isn't just us at the Salford Star and daytime TV that are impressed by the three-piece; 6 Music and XFM already have them earmarked as 'the next big thing'. This highlights that Stalagmites have the capability to transcend genre and gain wider appeal. While local influences can be heard in their sound, they also have a hypnotic element that is uniquely Stalagmites.
On 7th June they play their first headline gig in their native Salford and have an imminent release in the offing: "We've got a new single called Projectile Dysfunction coming out on Veta Records 8th June which follows a headline gig the night before at The Eagle Inn" says Brad "The single is about trying to keep band together, watching mates' bands come and go, and the current climate of the music industry... We'll be releasing another single later in the year with gigs interspersed throughout, and build towards an EP release next year."
Stalagmites are an essential act and an integral part of the impressive local music scene. We have a feeling that shows to bigger audiences will follow in the not-too-distant future.
Thursday 7th June 8pm
The Eagle Inn
9 Collier Street, M3 7DW
For further details on the gig see the Facebook event page Ė click here
For further details on the Stalagmites see the Facebook page Ė click here
To see Stalagmites covering Born Slippy - click here
Words by Ian Leslie