Photography by Morgan Sidle
Leonora Ellis
Leonora Ellis

Born in New Zealand and living in Cornwall, if I’m not being a journalist, I’m probably surfing or eating.

Barnsley boys Bedroom High Club crash into the Indie-Rock scene with sonically fast debut EP ‘Above The Belt’, out this summer

The four friends (Blue Brownlie, Lewis Gelder, Dan Partridge, and James Ardron) started from humble beginnings in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Bedroom High Club found their original, slightly softer sound, in a garage turned HQ. Working through unexpected financial issues, personal trauma, and Covid, the four friends left the garage with the faster, stronger and heavier sound that we recognise from them today.

Lead vocalist Blue said their lyrics started to channel what the boys had been through: “I get my emotions out through the stuff we’ve been writing”.

The band built momentum through grass roots gigging and live shows which led to a game-changing slot at The Leadmill, Sheffield, followed by headline show after headline show and a set at Tramlines festival. “Seeing hundreds of people singing our tunes at Tramlines, that was the moment we really started backing ourselves,” says Blue.

This June, they release their debut EP ‘Above the Belt’ via Ampersounds, with brand new single ‘What You Did’, out on Friday. You can see them on their headline UK tour in April, followed by their festival spot at The Great Escape. ‘What You Did’ is described as a “crunchier, nastier” step up from previous single ‘Courtesy’.

The South Yorkshire four-piece are all about relatable indie-rock and, at the same time, make an irresistible racket whether it’s in a car or a venue. It’s new-wave music, bumping up against rock and indie, old and new. For fans of Circa Waves and Two Door Cinema Club, Bedroom High Club deal with heartbreak and bottled up frustration ready to burst onto the indie scene. But there is still a space for good old fashioned guitar music; that’s where it all started, after all.

Their gravelly vocals are topped with unvarnished lyrics reminding us of The Strokes’ rough-edged trademark. It’s no real surprise that Bedroom High Club have their debut appearance at Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival this year.

EP ‘Above the Belt’ is out this summer via Ampersounds.

Listen to ‘What You Did’ here:

Catch Bedroom High Club at the following:

Stockton Calling, Stockton – 8th April
Polar Bear, Hull – 18th April
Oporto, Leeds – 20th April
Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield – 28th April
The Lodge @ Deaf Institute, Manchester – 29th April
The Great Escape Festival, Brighton – 11th-13th May