Will and the People present ‘Whistleblower’ - 12 irrefutable reasons why they are one of the UK’s most inspirational bands. Having skanked, bopped and pogo’d their way over 4 continents in the past few years, the Will and the People express heads full-steam back to Blighty, to release their third album ‘Whistleblower’ this September.
This non-conformist 4-piece stick true to an exuberant and timeless output, shunning the pressures of attempting to sound like the latest buzz band – and they’ve been duly rewarded. The band have amassed considerable success in Europe and Worldwide, simultaneously preserving their dedicated UK fanbase by way of countless gigs and festival bookings. Performing perpetually across the globe, sharing stages with the likes of Green Day, Ben Howard, Foo Fighters and The Police, they’ve a cult-like international fanbase, touring in Australia (twice), India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. Plus busk-funded self-booked Euro tours across Romania, Italy, France and Switzerland. In Holland the band sold-out a 10 date tour and played all the major festivals – headlining the main stage at PinkPop Festival (50,000 cap). Performing on popular TV and radio shows, they even reached #7 in the national single charts – completely independently.
WATP’s success isn’t exclusively continental, their past five London gigs sold-out tickets purely from their own website, as well as recent sold-out regional UK tour. BBC introducing have been firm supporters, as has Tom Robinson at 6 Music. There’s scarcely a venue or festival in the UK they haven’t played at least once.
Vampire Weekend, Madness and The Clash comparisons are levelled at the band, but their sound is uniquely their own, glistening with tones collected from scattered corners of the world. Influences range from reggae and ska to dance, punk and melodic pop. Think Bob Marley and the Wailers meets NOFX and Radiohead (on a happier day if that’s possible). The result is a band who inherently marry genres and create infectious vibrant songs about love, human angst, and most importantly, about making people dance.
Behind the vagabond lifestyle, Hawaiian shirts and Pork-Pie Hat exteriors, lies a self-sufficient, thick as thieves band who all live, work and play together. WATP have gone wherever the fans have requested and are blessed with an avid fanbase, worldwide chart entries with millions of YouTube hits. WATP will travel from playing to 50,000 people in Europe, to a tiny bar in east London the next day – and still deliver an unpredictable, mesmerising show.
This success has allowed the band to remain entirely independent, building their own recording studios in Brixton and releasing through their own label. Their sounds and aesthetics are joined at the hip and their sun-drenched vibes are a quintessential backdrop for sharing, reminiscing and dreaming.
‘Whistleblower’ is released today through PIAS/ Rough Trade.