Quickly becoming one of the most exciting up and coming artists around, Hector Gannet are rapidly winning over the ears of some of the biggest names in the business. After touring with Sam Fender in 2019, he said “I just want to thank Hector Gannet (for supporting), he (Aaron) was a couple of years below me in school and he’s a f*cking great songwriter.” Their incredibly tranquil blend of clean guitar work, euphoric vocals and outspoken views have made for the perfect peaceful protest since starting out in 2017. Now in 2020, they’re starting the year as they mean to go on with a true statement of intent. ‘Dead Nag’ was released on the 21st February and marks the origins of an album project scheduled for release in the Autumn. Watch here
At the heart of Hector Gannet is Aaron Duff, a storytelling lead singer and guitarist who is fronting the band with his intricate visions. Backed by Jack Coe, Martin Wann and Joe Coady, they announced their presence with ‘The Haven of St Aidans,’ a 9-minute track that meanders in and out of folk, acoustic-rock, progressive and everything in between. Their second single ‘All Hail, All Glory’ continues their experimental story, with flashes of indie in the chorus and an overall anthemic feel from start to finish. Now, after being tipped by Louder Than War in their ’Top 25 new bands that might change your life in 2020,’ they embark on their third single, ‘Dead Nag.’
Featuring some of the most serene clean guitar melodies you’ll have heard in a long time, ‘Dead Nag’ is an incredibly beautiful song. Consisting of gentle, foundation laying drums, grooving bass tones and a folk feel from the get-go, this one transcends into an expansive piece of music from a very talented group. On the deeper meaning of ‘Dead Nag,’ Aaron Duff added:
“Dead Nag is undeniably charged by current affairs. It’s about the exploitation of regular people, the way some are manipulated by the media, and the propaganda that preys and feasts upon fear and the false promises made for political gain. It’s about the ‘choices’ we’re given, the gamble we take and the trust we blindly invest in leaders. It’s backing a horse without form, and about the rebranding of old ways, with campaign slogans designed to tug on the public’s emotions, masking the true motives of those who have no concept of how ordinary people live or what effect their actions have on ordinary lives.”
‘Dead Nag’ will be released with an accompanying music video that was shot on a farm in rural Northumberland. It projects a farcical and almost panto-like image, which reflects how the class system and politics often come across. Yet among this, as with the song, there is a very serious side of how some people are downtrodden, and how inequality is as much evident now as is it was in the dim and distant past.
Recorded at Polestar Studios near Newcastle (ran by Pauline Murray and Rob Blamire of punk band Penetration), ‘Dead Nag’ was produced by Paul Gregory of Lanterns on The Lake and the artwork designed by British Sea Power’s Matthew ‘Woody’ Wood. As well as their studio work, the band are making a mark on the live circuit too. It’s no surprise that the band are selling out venues across the North-East, with the following shows lined up for the near future including a sold-out single launch for Dead Nag and supporting Sam Fender (again) and The Felice Brothers:
Jan 25th: supporting The Felice Brothers at Newcastle University