Manchester seven piece Johnny Sly are a fairly unusual proposition, on paper at least – and that’s before you hear a note of their music.
Described by Manchester Acoustic as being ‘like if Radiohead had a baby with The Beach Boys’ they have a pretty unusual line up of five sets of vocals, trumpet, bass, keys, drums, guitars and harp. That’s harp as in Joanna Newsom not what the Americans call a harmonica.
The band are J?onny Heath (Guitar, Vocals), Jack Davies (Trumpet, Vocals), Aeve Ribbons (Keyboard, Vocals), Rosalie Warner (Harp, Vocals), Oli Fenton (Drums), the alternating bass players Matt Dunnett and Philip K. Marzouk and John Ainsworth (Guitar, Vocals). Shortly to unveil their new EP for when no words are right, due on December 12, the band have unveiled the first single from the EP ‘Love Itself.’ It genuinely manages to mix in a variety of sounds, no surprise considering that Jonny lists Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange amongst his influences.
More of their music can be heard over at their soundcloud page.