Formed in 2012 Headsticks have developed their own brand of Revolutionary Punk Roots Rock'n'Roll through constant gigging which has seen their profile continually rise alongside the growth of a fanatical fan base!
Supports with bands as varied as The Wildhearts, Lindisfarne, Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks, and Ferocious Dog have seen their music cross over genre barriers and has been received with the same enthusiasm and passion that they themselves produce in their live shows....passion infused, honest and raw social commentary delivered with a wry sense of humour, uplifting and always giving 100%!
Two studio albums, two studio EP's and a live album, all received glowing reviews form pillars of both punk rock and folk worlds, are about to be followed by a new release on CD and double vinyl, their first on STP Records, the much loved punk rock label and also the first studio release since agreeing a publishing deal with Wipe Out Music.
Fast becoming festival favourites, Headsticks continue their crusade to say it like it is and were delighted to be one of just a handful of bands asked to play two sets at 2018's Rebellion Punk Rock Festival, playing full electric and almost acoustic sets to thunderous receptions!
Hard hitting, emotive, yet infectious songs and melodies a plenty have seen the band grow from being an afternoon band to a headliner at many grass roots festivals, and sub headliner at larger events too, as well as playing endless benefits, events, line ups and headline shows of their own and currently in the latter stages of their 20 date 'Let them Eat Cake' Autumn/Winter tour....and shortly to announce their Spring 2019 tour Dates in support of their brand new and eagerly awaited release 'Kept In The Dark'.
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
Issue 43....a review of our support slot with the brilliant Ruts/Ruts DC at Queens Hall, Nuneaton last year.... “Next on at The well attended venue were Headsticks, who to me are one of the best bands around at the moment blending ye olde punk rock, with folk’n’roll and Americana to create an irresistible force with lyrics that put The Clash to shame and if that sounds far fetched, go and see them, and then comment, believe me you won’t be disappointed!’
Issue 45 Feather And Flame reviewed
“One of the few bands around at the moment that are able to channel the hopelessness felt by so many into viable, upbeat, revolutionary songs that make you think there is a chance in this world to make a difference and for that the band need to be championed by all........So if you only listen to one album this year, this one is it, you won’t be disappointed!”
Issue 47, Rebellion Punk Music Festival 2018
“I’d snuck off to see the wonderful Headsticks on the Pavilion Stage, playing their superb brand of English protest punk to a packed room. They’re one of my fave bands at the moment and seriously need to be checked out if you’ve never seen them.”
Eaten Alive Punk Zine
"Headsticks are modern day troubadours who don't rehearse, they just gig constantly and so their sound is razor sharp and tight. In Andrew Tranter they have a charismatic frontman who has no airs or graces, but a boundless energy and an innate sense of right and wrong. A sparkling collision of punk and folk is demonstrated with ‘Cold Grey English Skies' a moving and vivid picture of the desolation and depression of growing up and told in a post-industrial wasteland. They finish with Killing Me America a song so spot on it is heartbreaking 'You're in my mind, the blind leading the blind, you're in my mind, you're bleeding me dry!'"
Bob Obram, the Morning Star
BAND OF THE YEAR - Back in 2014 I attended a gig at a Bolton Socialist Club that was a warm-up for the Wigan Digger's Feestival. Prior to that affair I had been liaising with the lead singer of the band I am about to choose and discussing a catch up. I turned up early, watched all acts and finally came to the crew I had been anticipating. The lads got up, provided me with a stunning episode of folked and punked acoustica that reeked of professionalism, great understanding and a sturdy social conscience. The tunes that flowed forth were utterly sensational and each and every pre-gig expectation I had was duly met (no easy thing let me tell you). From here, and over the several years, I have had the band grace several Fungalised punk shows, seen them a few times elsewhere, reviewed their CD's and witnessed their wonderful progress with a deep-rooted pride and joy. The band are a unit who ooze class and who have that blend of music that can avoid the trappings of the punk scene strait-jacket and so keep them liberated and appealing to many factions. Headsticks, this acknowledgement is long overdue, I am now ready to pay due respect and am happy to watch you progress onto bigger and better things. The fact that they still make the odd Fungal appearance and have shown many marvellous gestures is a mark of sheer class and cements them as one of my all time favourite bands.
Their blend of Folk influenced melodic acoustic-punk incorporates elements of reggae and possesses a directness that brings to mind Blyth Power, Zounds or Levellers though it is still very much their own sound, with a particularly solid back line serving as the perfect accompaniment to acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, and the heartfelt and distinctive vocals of frontman Andrew Tranter.
'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'
Bob Obram, the Morning Star
"...gutsy, hard-driving folk punk with a cutting edge.....This is honest music, it's folk in the raw....."
"One of Britain's most irresistible and essential punk ‘n' roll adventures"
"Headsticks taking up the baton and flying the flag previously flown so fervently by the likes of The Levellers....."
"Forty minutes of passionate punked up roots rock with a sense of history most bands could only dream of...."
"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"."
"punked-up roots rock releasing frustrations and righteous anger in a tumbling melodic spree"
"Vibrant blend of roots rock, punk and ska matures perfectly on the frantic headlong thrash"
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!
"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
"Very unique, very hard-hitting, and very close to home. Great stuff..."
Jim McShee - The Dead Roots Music Show