Billed as being “reminiscent of 80’s bands such as Orange Juice, Haircut 101 and A Certain Ratio” and being hyped by none other than Peter Hook as “‘brash” and “noisy”, Katie Clare introduces us to The Sherpas, the Exeter band who’re putting “groove and funk” back into British indie. 

There have been indie pop bands before who’ve utilised the qualities of psychedelia subtly blended with spacious tones of indie pop, but The Sherpas have worked their own magic to that formula by perfectly adding in just a hint of funkiness which, along with poetic and slightly abstract lyricism, creates a sound that is danceable, attractive and fresh.

Formed two years ago while each of them was studying music at Exeter College, The Sherpas are Chris Tilke, Jake Daniel, Ben Milverton, JJ Williams and lead singer Pierre Roxon. The later is a natural front-man, whose dreamy baritone is perfectly in sync with the energetically sociable guitars and congenially British melodies his band mates produce.


The Sherpas 2013 début EP Soiree is a very well-constructed and serves as a perfect introduction to the band’s abilities with the punchy, over-excited bursts of pop rock on For What It’s Worth, Wave To The Water and Soirée as well as the compellingly sweet, sorrow laden ambient harmonies of the track Back In Time.

Their first single Six Steps, which was released early last year, demonstrated how far the band have developed with a far richer sound, as does a free download the band offered last Christmas via their SoundCloud, a rather gratifying track called Wilderness.

The Sherpas have established themselves as an exceptional live act supporting the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen and Little Comets and are off on their own headlining tour in June with a few festival appearances also slotted in along the way.

The Sherpas are also releasing a new EP soon which, going on previous endeavors, is sure to be the perfect accompaniment to the summer.


Upcoming live dates:

  • May 21st: Chaplins Bar – Bournemouth
  • June 5th: Start The Bus – Bristol
  • June 6th: The Rocking Chair – Sheffield
  • June 8th: Victoria Inn – Derby
  • June 13th: The Phoenix – Exeter
  • June 25th: Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Brighton
  • August 4th Sidmouth Fringe sessions
  • August 30th Victorious Festival Portsmouth
  • September 30th Evesham Iron Road Rock Bar
  • October 1st Northampton
  • October 2nd The Ferret Preston
  • October 3rd Worthing Bar 42
  • October 4th The Palladium Bideford

The Sherpas can be found on Facebook, SoundCloud and Instagram. They also tweet as @The_Sherpas.

All words by Katie Clare. More writing by Katie on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She can also be found on Twitter where she uses the handle @tokyo_katie.

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