James Mellen
James Mellen

Bristol-based writer, specialising in musings on the world of music and fashion.

East London newcomers Honest Work drop their debut single, the noisy, catchy and bold ‘Pump Up That Radio’

The capital has no shortage of talent, and East London newcomers Honest Work are proving that point to a T. The raucous quartet, despite being together for under a year, have asserted their position with their rowdy live shows across London and further afield. Today, Honest Work release their hotly anticipated debut single, the optimistic and dry ‘Pump Up That Radio’.

‘Pump Up That Radio’ is noisy, raw, with an almost garage-like quality to the track. Soaked in crunchy guitars and heavy drums, the track chugs along relentlessly, the snide hook of ‘pump up that radio!’ as witty as it is catchy. Balancing hilarity and seriousness is a fine line, but Honest Work nail that here; the track feels live, as if you’re sat in a mate’s rehearsal room watching them jam out. The quartet’s chemistry is undeniable, with ‘Pump Up That Radio’ being a fantastic introduction to one of East London’s freshest exports.

Catch Honest Work live tonight at London’s Dream Bag Jaguar Shoes, or on July 27th at The George Tavern.

Listen to ‘Pump Up That Radio’ here: