UK newcomers unpeople have joined Sharptone Records.
The band made their live debut at this past summer’s 2000trees Festival, and have since toured with Conjurer and, more recently, Better Lovers.
Jake Crawford and Luke Caley (both vocals and guitar) previously played together in Press To MECO, who coincidentally played their final show at 2000trees. unpeople‘s line-up is completed by bassist Meg Mash and drummer Richard Rayner.
On joining Sharptone, whose roster also includes Boston Manor, Holding Absence, Polaris and many others, unpeople commented, “Since the inception of unpeople, SharpTone was at the top of our list in terms of who would be our dream label to work with. We have such respect for the team and what they do. It is evident to us that they are equally as passionate about the music as we are. We are extremely excited to be part of such an awesome roster and feel very privileged to be able to call SharpTone our home.“
Listen to unpeople’s debut single – ‘Smother’
As you’d expect, unpeople have delivered some music alongside their news of joining Sharptone Records.
‘Smother’ is their debut single and immediately sets the bar high. With Rayner’s grandoise drum work, brief “woah”s group vocals, and its soaring chorus, ‘Smother’ is an addictive slice of alt-rock. Ultimately, it makes for an exciting 2024 for unpeople.
“‘Smother’ is a song born of unfiltered introspection and sheer desperation. The intentionally prying first line “are you being honest with yourself?” was more of a question to myself let alone the potential audience,” shared unpeople frontman Jake Crawford, “Myself and Luke were certainly “feeling the pressure” at the time of the song’s inception. Having come off the back of two massive breakups, one band and one personal, we were literally scrambling for “something to live for”. Lyrically, it was a collaborative effort. Luke came up with the chorus which I immediately connected with. It then inspired me to really dig into the suffocating feeling of being at a complete loss of direction at the time. The rest came relatively easily as we were certainly in similar boats, albeit from slightly differing perspectives.”