Keston Cobblers Club release their long awaited ‘Almost Home’ on 31 March. The record is a follow up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album ‘Wildfire’.
The five-piece band is made up of Matthew Lowe, Julia Lowe, Tom Sweet, Bethan Ecclestone and Harry Stasinopoulos. Upon meeting as children, they later formed a band inspired by a local cobbler, who hundreds of years ago played violin in the tavern to lift peoples spirits and make them dance.
The 12 tracks show a much simpler approach to song writing, with huge hooks, intricate melodies and honest, accessible lyrics. ‘Concord’ is prettily built around the banjo and slowly builds to an exciting orchestral crescendo. ‘Bicycles’ and ‘Martha & Giles’ have their roots firmly planted in the bands love of folk while ‘Hand That Feeds You’ offers a more summery Hawaiian vibe. Other highlights include the addictive chorus of ‘Winning’, the experimental intro of piano ballad ‘An Island’ and the closing track ‘All I Need’ – a striking love song about the simplicity of friendship.
Keston Cobblers Club have steadily built a good reputation for themselves in the industry throughout the previous years since the release of their debut album One, For Words in 2012. ‘Wildfire’, the aforementioned 2015 album, won them huge praise everywhere from MOJO Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent and the Financial Times to Songlines, fRoots and Clash. They have played Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man. In 2015 they were asked by Burberry to perform at their Menswear SS2106 event in front of a VIP audience.
The album will be supported by a 12 date UK tour including a performance at Komedia on 19 Apr.