Fighting Caravans
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Fighting Caravans

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Rock

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"Premiere: Fighting Caravans - 'Blue Heart Motel'"

Crisp production, gnarly riffs, and anthemic vocals resound, with Fighting Caravans nailing their incandescent live appeal. - Clash


"Leeds Festival 2016 - 26th August 2016"

My first visit of the day was to the Lock Up Stage for Fighting Caravans. This is a Leeds band who I saw on local news programme Look North the night before. So armed with that plus the fact that I love their name I really had to see them. They rock like an Indie Led Zep as if Alan Vega off of Suicide was in the band. They have amazing energy, especially the singer who dances like a Cheetah on Speed. A truly bloody brilliant band. - WITH JUST A HINT OF MAYHEM


"Long Division Festival - 12th June 2016"

Fighting Caravans were one of the standout acts at Live at Leeds this year, and their performance outdoors at the Orangery only bolstered their status as one of the most exhilarating live acts around right now. They brand of skewed psychedelic country rock is out there, with awesome slide guitar work pinned down by some sturdy drumming. What’s more, Daniel Clark is one of the most compelling – and insane – front men you’re likely to see. He can simmer for so long but at some point, it’ inevitable he’ll erupt, and he does. In your face. Or, indeed, mine: the fact the refrain ‘I’ll fight dirty if I fight at all’, is my earworm of the week is due in no small part of having it sung while he stood against me, his chest against mine and his face in my face. At other times he careered around the space like a whirling dervish and toppled mic stands left, right and centre. He seems like such a nice guy offstage, but while performing…he’s a complete maniac. - whisperinandhollerin


"Live Report: Live At Leeds 2016 - 30th April 2016"

Kicking off is Fighting Caravans, who really are embracing that word, half the kit is off the stage. Deep dulcet crooning tones, a love song-come-rock n roll waltz, and tracks filled with bloodcurdling rants, singer Daniel Clark seems possessed. The set consists of heavy bass alongside beautiful Gretsch riffs – QOTSA and Nick Cave like maybe – and the packed room means a decent following already, definitely ones to watch, they’ve got a neat little tour and a Sound City slot coming up. - Clash


"Live at Leeds Festival 2016 – 30th April 2016"

Having picked Fighting Caravans on the second stage at The Beckett because they looked to be one of the more interesting acts on at midday and in a venue near the Arena where the wristband exchange is located, I held no real expectations. Any expectations I may have had were completely reconfigured within a couple of minutes: their brand of twisted country and dark Americana is delivered with a psychotic energy. The moustachioed front man is gloriously volatile, flailing maniacally, kicking mic stands into the crowd and leaping from the stage recklessly and without regard for his safety or that of the audience. You just don’t expect to witness this kind of pint-spilling mayhem at midday, and they not only make a serious impression, but an astounding start to the day. - whisperinandhollerin


"Live At Leeds 2016 - 30th April 2016"

First up are Fighting Caravans - a Leeds band that have been on the list to check out for a while, so first up at Leeds Met is perfect, then. And a perfect start is exactly how it turns out - epic, intricate garage-blues rock that, while honed in West Yorkshire, in fact brings to mind dustbowl American plains.

The 'belligerent Jarvis' performance of frontman Danny Clark is very good value indeed, and after the set peaks with big finish 'Tyrannosaur', complete with excellent "I fight dirty if I fight at all" refrain, the feeling is very much that we are Charlie Sheen WINNING in terms of LAL 2016 picks. - Steven Knowles, Leeds Music Scene


"Exec Style. by Fighting Caravans | Track Review"

Fighting Caravans is a badass band name and a five piece band from Leeds, and this is their new single Exec. Style. Last year these guys released their debut EP Beasts Of England which received a lot of buzz over the UK and now they look to bring their sound of heavy, driving rock music into the new year. If you’re a fan of QOTSA and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds then check this out. If you’re not, then you should rethink your musical choices.
Exec. Style is a huge, boulder moving tune which starts off with a down tempo, melody-lead intro against some ominous vocals before the guitars come in with a riff that sounds very old school rock and desert rock. Fighting Caravans pack this thing full of groove thanks to a solid bassline and drums that offer up a simple but effective beat, allowing the track to let loose with the louder instruments for it’s closing moments. Walls of guitars let loose with guitar chords and lead licks and it just sounds freaking awesome man.
This is a great track for Fighting Caravans to throw themselves into the new year, and is one that definitely warrants keeping the band on the radar for future releases. - Exploding Head Syndrome


"Beasts of England"

Leeds very own Fighting Caravans have released their EP 'Beasts of England' and are making a true mark for themselves following recent successes at 'How the Light Gets In' and 'Live at Leeds'. Now you will find them venturing to new pastures in Amsterdam and Ireland following the launch of their EP on the 1st October. They describe themselves as an alternative rock band, but I would go further to add soulful to the beautiful sounds heard throughout the EP. The more I listened to the tracks, the more I grew to love the soft tones and catchy beats.

Beasts of England has been taken from the famous Orwellian verse and shows a clear, more polished progression from the band's earlier demos. The EP was a pure delight to listen to with soft melodies, catchy lyrics and an unusual twang to top it all. I enjoyed the Blues influences and almost country American feel at times.

Tyrannosaur is the first track which sets the scene perfectly for the rest of the tunes. The track starts with solid vintage rock guitar before soulful vocals begin. The almost American twang emanates through with the background guitars and drums all working well together. Powerful lyrics power through, starting with 'In a French coma I give in...' The opening line entices you through to a strange love song. The Blues, country feel lasts throughout the EP ending with Only the Old Ones, which sounds to me reminiscent of 1960s American rock. The beautiful guitar maintains throughout and is accompanied perfectly by the soft vocals. This is definitely worth the wait on the EP before you get to it. - Rosie Driver, Leeds Music Scene


"Caravans of Love"

Tyrannosaur from Leeds rockers Fighting Caravans' debut ep Beasts of England is the perfect title for a song that positively drips with vintage rock guitar. It's so old school it's tempting to call them dinosaurs but it's such a strong song that it transcends time. It's a stone cold classic that sounds like it's been smouldering away in Jim Morrison's basement waiting to be liberated. It's so good I can even forgive a band from Leeds sounding like they were born and raised in John Wayne's back yard. - The Devil Has The Best Tuna


"Gigslutz Editors’ Picks 2016"

Best Newcomer - Their gig at The Wardrobe in Leeds was as good as anything I’ve seen and heard this year. - Rob Conlon


Discography

JUL 2016 – ‘Blue Heart Motel’ – metaphoric of love lost.

Youtube: https://youtu.be/EzJLA7sihP0

 

JAN 2016‘Exec. Style’ – based on an episode of American TV series, ‘Fargo’. Exec. Style is about the extravagant lengths people will go to in achieving perceived societal success.

Youtube: https://youtu.be/GQt8Y8fCGtg

 

OCT 2015‘Beasts Of England’ – Debut EP

 

OCT 2015‘Tyrannosaur’ – Love is war…

Youtube: https://youtu.be/Ylp6OsSE-6k

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Bio

‘A tacky disco meets a Last-mile wake’…Fighting Caravans is an alternative-rock quintet from Leeds. Taking influences from early American Blues and more contemporary Rock music, the group delivers bold social commentaries akin to sounds of Fat White Family, Grinderman and QOTSA, with subtle Country, Jazz and Psychedelic overtones. The vintage guitars lend to an aching exposition of lyrical variety; from the final confessional moments of a felo-de-se to narcotic anthropomorphism, Fighting Caravans have a burden only alleviated via public execution…  

In 2015, Fighting Caravans released their debut EP, Beasts Of England, alongside a UK & EU tour, earning strong local and international plaudits. In 2016 the success of singles Tyrannosaur and Blue Heart Motel, provided the opportunity for the band to complete their first ever UK & EU headline tours and feature at a number of festivals, including; Reading & Leeds Festival, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and Tramlines. The band are currently recording their 2nd EP at The Nave (Kaiser Chiefs, Eagulls, etc.), from which the first single will be released by Clue Records in January.

FC is: Daniel Clark (Lead Vocals), Roff James (Guitar), Cinnamon Lees (Bass), Ali Fletcher (Guitar) and Dave Hogan (Drums). 

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