After a short break from touring to write and record new material, Polly and the Billets Doux return with their ‘Hold Fast’ EP and a UK tour this May.
‘Hold Fast’ features four new tracks and showcases the development of the band’s unique and vibrant sound, encompassing folk rock, country, soul and Americana. Recorded in the infamous Truck Studios (from the same team behind Truck and Wood Festivals), the EP marks the band’s first formal release of 2012, with their second album set to follow later in the year.
Polly and the Billets Doux’s first album earned them the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio, as well as favourable reviews from UNCUT, The Sunday Times and The Daily Mirror. The band are well-established on the UK live circuit having toured extensively in 2010 and 2011. Festival favourites, the band have played Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Secret Garden Party, and Cambridge Folk Festival to name a few, and are set to embark on another busy summer in 2012.
This EP is the perfect blend of Blues meets Folk meets Country. Once I had listened to these 4 stunning tracks I was left rather impressed. It actually leaves you wanting to hear more brand new material.
Hold Fast kicks things off and there was an Americana feel to this upbeat song. Polly Perry’s vocals are extremely distinctive and the harmonies were top notch.
Factory Whistle simply sounded amazing and is my favourite song on this short but sweet EP. My reason for this is the fact the lyrics were infectious. This song completely captivates me.
Hymn Song is something extremely different. This is a soft and gentle acoustic number which sounds ever so lovely. Again the harmonies were tight. I can actually hear traces of Laura Marling when listening to this song.
Fortune Of War caps off this incredible EP. This song tells the tale of a doomed love.
Fortune Of War
This fantastic EP is set to be released 8th May and the band are set to embark on the ‘Hold Fast’ EP tour. If you find yourself free I advise you to see this brilliant band. The dates are as follows:
09/05 – BATH – The Bell
10/05 – OXFORD – Jericho Tavern
11/05 – SOUTHAMPTON – Soul Cellar
12/05 – CHELTENHAM – Rise (1pm instore)
12/05 – SOWERBY BRIDGE – The Puzzle Inn
13/05 – YORK – Stereo
15/05 – NOTTINGHAM – Malt Cross
16/05 – SHEFFIELD – The Shakespeare
17/05 – NORWICH – Bicycle Shop
18/05 – SANDWICH – St Mary’s Church
19/05 – WINCHESTER – Discovery Centre
31/05 – KEIGHLEY – Exchange Arts Centre
01/06 – WIGTON – Ireby Festival
08/06 – BRISTOL – Mr. Wolfs