It’s getting harder and harder to find a band in the current indie climate the combine genuine musical capability with attitude, energy and swagger. Luckily for us there is one act that offer all of the above in one exciting package – they are Chris Wallbank & The Cowards, and they are definitely worth checking out.
Anybody who is a fan of Britpop, particularly Oasis, will immediately love this band. Chris Wallbank’s vocal delivery is strikingly similar to that of Liam Gallagher, but also bears uncanny resemblances to the vocals of Kasabian‘s Tom Meighan. And the music sounds like a cross between mid-nineties Britpop and contemporary indie-alternative. In short, Chris Wallbank & The Cowards manage to create a sound and an atmosphere that has a timeless quality and almost universal appeal. Whether young or old, happy or sad, there’s something there for everyone.
The band’s history is quite interesting. They hail from Wolverhampton and frontman Chris Wallbank was formerly a member of another band, Ripchord, which he left prior to them reaching low-level fame. In 2006, Wallbank formed The Cowards and vowed not to perform any live shows with them. After much arm-twisting (thankfully), the band began performing live and continue to this day.
The band have one self-titled EP to date, with hopefully more to come. For now here is the band’s song ‘The Living Daylights’, taken from their self-titled EP.
You can listen to the track, and many others, here.