HEADSTICKS
FOLK, PUNK, ROOTS, REVOLUTION

Feather And Flame


The latest album from Headsticks, available from itunes and our own online shop.


Biography


Darwen Live Festival

Headsticks' distinct brand of punked up roots rock and roll blends barbed lyrics, anthemic choruses, and addictive melodies to create passion infused performances oozing honesty, integrity and raw energy, all delivered with a wry humour! Live performances, as well as their debut album 'Muster' and follow up album 'Feather and Flame' continue to receive rave reviews from pillars of both the world of folk and world of punk and it is little wonder that their unique style is attracting attention from near and far as the band continue their epic crusade to say it like it is!

Formed in late 2012 the band boasts former members of some of the regions most successful folk crossover bands Tower Struck Down, Jugopunch, and The Clay Faces whose reputations are stand alone having played with some of the biggest names in the world of Folk and Roots.....now with a new vigour, and an even more passion infused delivery, these musicians bring something very new to the fore, and do so with the energy, enthusiasm, and belief that is far more than just another band performance.

Having released a well received debut three track E.P. in the Spring of 2013 showcasing songs from their live set of raw edged, protagonist gems, Headsticks set about further developing their repertoire and did so with characteristic gusto, winning friends and admirers across the country as they played festival after festival and gig after gig, supporting some of the most well regarded names in both the folk and punk/alternative genres to widespread acclaim, whilst at the same time earning positive reviews in both the folk and punk publications and sites, and airplay aplenty from stations and podcasts across the world.

Early Summer 2014 saw the release of their debut album 'Muster', instantly acclaimed, and by the end of the year having been regarded as album of the year by several publications and websites, and even being highly recommended in National newspaper 'The Morning Star' in their album of the year column. Airplay continued at a very pleasing rate, songs played on shows of all genres across the country, and way beyond.....and gigs continued to be well received as work began on an extensive set of dates through Spring and Summer 2015 including appearances at an abundance of UK festivals.

Spring 2016 saw the release of their second album, 'Feather and Flame', an eleven track album with which the band enhanced their growing reputation as purveyors of musical insubordination!!!...folk with a raw punky edge or punk with a folky twist depending upon your point of view.....delivered with rasping harmonicas, hard hitting vocals, driving guitars, commanding bass, and compelling drums, this is punked up roots rock and roll at its most heartfelt, yet at it's most uplifting and certainly at it's most honest and forthright.

Autumn/Winter 2016 sees the band embarking on a seemingless never ending crusade! Festivals and high profile gigs lined up in abundance and 2017 looks like being increasingly busy with festivals, venues and promoters keen to secure thier services as Headsticks' profile continues to rise on the back of outsatnding live prformances on this years festival circuit and fine reviews and articles in national magazines such as R2 (*****Review) and relentless promtional campaigns on social media and national magazines a like.....the time is surely now right for Revolution!!!


Debut Album Muster


Muster Album Cover

Dark humour and humanity permeate the full-on debut album by the glorious Headsticks, which serves notice on modern music as we know it. Rebecca Sowray is swept along. Adrift on stadium rock that grew old before it grew up? Alternative has turned the corner so many times it’s become square? Has your pop lost its shine, even for a second? Ah, you gave in and went home? Back to local? Good. Because it's where you should be and it's where this music draws strength from. This is what you're missing.

- See more at: louderthanwar.com/headsticks-album-review-muster

Rebecca Sowray - Louder Than War


Press


'The musicianship is top notch across the board, with vocalist Andrew Tranter adding the icing on the cake with his melodic vocal style. Well worth checking out'

Mass Movement


"...gutsy, hard-driving folk punk with a cutting edge.....This is honest music, it’s folk in the raw....."

Folkwords


"One of Britain’s most irresistible and essential punk ‘n’ roll adventures"

The Ringmaster Reviews


"Headsticks taking up the baton and flying the flag previously flown so fervently by the likes of The Levellers....."

FATEA online


"Forty minutes of passionate punked up roots rock with a sense of history most bands could only dream of...."

London Celtic Punks


"It may be my age but listening to Headsticks new album takes me back to when bands said what we thought and were scared to come out with, in my opinion they are right up there with my heroes, The Jam and the levellers, they have given Indie-Folk-Roots-Punk-RockNRoll a new edge and my fist is in the air in solidarity, I can’t wait to see them perform this live!"

Stevie Connor – Blues & Roots Radio


"Headsticks have delivered an album that reminds us of the need to stand up and be counted, to do more than wear the t-shirt. Most importantly they've done it in a way that makes you want to listen, makes you want to come back to "Muster"."

fatea-records.co.uk


"punked-up roots rock releasing frustrations and righteous anger in a tumbling melodic spree"

fRoots


"Vibrant blend of roots rock, punk and ska matures perfectly on the frantic headlong thrash"

R2 Magazine


Headsticks – boy have I fought their corner (and continue to do so) and it is all time well spent. As I have told you many times, a cut above with concrete culture in built. The band bleed class, watch this space – the ascension will continue and I will gush in good time – tonight I swigged and jigged and immersed my whole being in the sound – it was fuckin’ great!

Fungal Punk


"Always a pleasure working with Headsticks- if only more bands were like them! They turn up on time-deliver a great show-and say "thankyou very much" when it's done. Our venues and punters love em too. Highly recommended"
Dave Thompson- organiser Middlewich FAB Festival


Headsticks are described as being "where folk and punk collide to provide a passion infused commentary that is as raw and honest as it comes". They recently played a date as part of Nantwich Music Festival, Louder Than War's Rebecca Sowray was in the audience. - See more at: louderthanwar.com
Louder Than War


"Headsticks with the attitude of much loved alternate folk, engaged the audience with a full on set, that truly delivered a message, and with no disguising the emotion, heartfelt indeed"
Ian Haughey - Audlem Festival


"Headsticks kicked off this years Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in style. The band really understood the ethos behind the festival and what the audience wanted, delivering strong songs and great tunes in abundance. The crowd loved them and they were great to work with - a definite thumbs up from everyone at Tolpuddle."
Keith Hatch - Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival


"Their shows are delivered with a feel good factor, yet deal with many aspects of life that affect so many people on a daily basis...a strong social conscience, yet hard hitting and powerful, this is alt- folk at its most confrontational, folk meets punk, or punk meets folk depending on how you see it!"
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival


"I LOVED IT and have already put one track into next show......Are you feeling great Britain..........MY interest in folk music began when I first heard Dylan in 1962, I took to your lyrics and will feature other tunes of yours, a great bit of folk punk, keep it up. Do send more music in future, really good sound."
Max Roberts - The Folk Hour


"We really enjoyed having Headsticks in........it came out as one of the best sessions we've done. Full of attack, passion and commitment.""
Simon Jones - "Anything Goes"


"Bloody brilliant but only three tracks will leave you wanting much more from Headsticks. Different yet very relevant and this folk-punk genre seems to be gathering a lot of pace judging by the amount of bands/artists out there. Flatline Town kicks off the mini EP and you are soon left in no doubt that these guys are not just here for the music alone, albeit very good punk/folk that it is. The lyrics are hard-hitting and political but fit in perfectly with the music and I am instantly reminded of a certain Billy Bragg and Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards. If the opening track doesn't take you there then "Are You Feeling Great, Britain?" definitely will. A song I can't get enough of, brilliantly played, fantastic to sing along to but leaves you feeling so pissed off at the continued state of our once "great" nation. Headsticks are recording a brand new album due for release later this year and this EP has suitably whetted my appetite to want to hear a hell of a lot"
Punks On Line - Punks on Line


"Wonderful on the relatively few occasions when I get something that leaps out and bites....very good stuff indeed"
Attilla the Stockbroker


"The formidable hard hitting Andrew Tranter is a full on experience, introducing songs by using their themes to engage the audience in front of him. "Flatline Town", "Are you feeling great, Britain" and "Paper flowers" clearly do not hide their intentions, and the band, Stephen Dunn, Nick Bayes and Tom Carter provide the plate that delivers the fayre. Playing at the newly opened Studio venue, the sound and lighting add to the electric atmosphere that triggers the audience in to the performance when commanded by the maestro. A full on performance start to finish, a true sign of years of performing and working hard at their craft."
Audlem.org


"Very unique, very hard-hitting, and very close to home. Great stuff..."
Jim McShee - The Dead Roots Music Show


"Brilliant! Reminiscent of many of the bands that make me love music....Housemartins, Long Ryders, Billy Bragg but very much "your" sound! The music is tight, the lyrics barbed as always (so much anger!) and the tunes are awesome."
Gary Wilcox - The Quiet Revolution