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!!!
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