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After a slow but steady rise, Sheffield’s anthemic indie rockers, Sabella, are starting to make a name for themselves on the national music scene.
Heading to Stockton and The Music Lounge on April 22, an event which includes Teesside newcomers Unspoken, and Singapore Safehouse frontman, Jacob Lynch, the Sheffield quartet are preparing to be a name to be reckoned with.
Consisting of Jake Godfrey (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Tony Sutcliffe (lead guitar and songwriter), Joe Mirfin (bass), and Rob Neal (drums), Sabella have so far released three EP’s entitled Life You’ve Been Waiting For, The Calling, and most recently, Time to Leave with their latest single, Hard Enough, proving a massive hit for fans across the country.
It’s hard to think that a band of their calibre have been around less than five years, with Jake saying about their formation that: “Tony (Sutcliffe) has played guitar for years, I actually believe that he was born with one on his hands.
“When Joe (Martin) and I first got together Tony played in front of us and it all stemmed from there. We needed a vocalist and I’d always been praised for my voice and enjoyed doing it so though why not.
“It was after that, when we went to a Deadson’s gig that we met up with Rob (Neal) as we realised that we’d also need a drummer – that was five years ago this summer. From that we started ‘destroying’ covers before getting our own studio and laying down tracks of our own.”
Now on tour across Yorkshire taking in their hometown of Sheffield as well as Doncaster and York the band visit Stockton for a night of fun with two trips to the capital for added good measure, several of which sees them supporting Billy Bibby and The Wry Smiles (formerly Catfish and the Bottlemen), Sabella are understandably excited to be out on the road.
(Unspoken, above video, and Jacob Lynch, below, are set to support Sabella later this month)
“We just want to do as many gigs as we can and playing to new audiences whilst trying to get new music out there at the same time,” continued Jake.
“Last year we supported Milburn (who will be playing this year’s Stockton Calling) at Sheffield’s O2 Academy which was certainly our biggest gig to date. They started up again last year and are a big band as it is with the show selling out in hours.
“Something like that certainly gives you fresh impetus to succeed and gave us a great insight into the grander side of the industry. Playing in front of big crowds like this is easy for me though as you can concentrate more on what you’re doing than if you were playing in front of say 50-60 people.
“I suppose that’s why we don’t do many here in Sheffield as we know we can pull good crowds here, we just like getting out and about and there’s a few places we’d like to perform such as Manchester & Newcastle.
“On this tour though we’ve even got two gigs in one day (May 27) where we play the Indiefields Festival in Edlington during the day then the Royal Standard in Sheffield on the night. Next year though we need to do some festivals but it’s difficult to get done what you want so just need to do what you can and keep looking forward.”
Having just finished the video for their latest single, Hang Me Dry, due for release in late April, Sabella will be releasing two more tracks, in June and August whilst gigging and stopping off at The Music Lounge along the way – tickets for which are available on the door priced at £3.