Photography by Sara Carpentieri

George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Ahead of their upcoming EP, Lincoln band The Rills give us another indie rock tune with a gritty black and white music video 

After a summer of testing new material, The Rills returned to the studio with Dave McCracken (Sports Team) and Caesar Edmund (St. Vincent) to work on new material. 

With an influence that ranges from early Arctic Monkeys to The Libertines, it clear to see how they generate the sound that they do. These influences are on clear show in their latest single ‘Landslide’, that channels a 2000’s indie sound. There is no doubt that this track is designed to be heard and enjoyed live, thanks to its high-octane energy and rowdy attitude.

Lyrically the band shine as they tackle the collapsing of a relationship, something that is wholly relatable. Both characters are both caught in the metaphorical “landslide” that they are struggling to escape from. This message is delivered with the expected indie-rock confidence that frontman Mitch Spencer has become known for.

Instrumentally The Rills return in classic form by bringing in exciting guitars, driving beats and a catchy chorus. The addition of the whistles are a playful touch, too. It boasts the bands chemistry and how they translate their energy into a recorded setting.

Watch/listen to ‘Landslide’ here:

EP Aftertaste’ is out on 24th February via Nice Swan Records. 

Catch The Rills at the following: 

Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 1st December 

The Cluny, Newcastle – 2nd December

Deaf Institute, Manchester – 3rd December

(CLUNK Presents) Cornish Bank, Falmouth – 30th January 

The Bunkhouse, Swansea – 31st January

Esquires, Bedford (w/ Trampolene) – 1st February 

The Bullingdon, Oxford – 2nd February

Fulford Arms, York – 3rd February

Bootleg Social, Blackpool – 4th February