Spokes make late night campfire rock, bouyed by bittersweet joy and effortlessly absorbing elements of slow-core, shoegaze, folk and post-rock. While sounding like a band with many more members they go from euphoric noise to moments of almost spiritual stillness. NEW SOUND EN ROUTE FOR 2012!


Spokes are an alt-indie band based in Manchester, UK. Brought together in 2006 by a combination of boyhood friendships, family ties and a relentless love of recording and touring. Critics have praised them for their grand sound, buoyed by bittersweet joy and devastating lows. While sounding like a band with much more than 5 members they go from euphoric noise to moments of intense stillness. While drawing upon folk, shoegaze, slowcore and post-rock their music is always distilled down into something distinctly their own.

In 2007 they recorded their debut EP People Like People Like You which combined their off-kilter indie with more flowing structures influenced by post-rock. The release also lead to an appearance on the main stage at the Big Chill festival where People Like People Like You quickly sold out at the Rough Trade stall.

This frenzied activity eventually caught the attention of Ninja Tune and their indie imprint Counter Records, who re-released People Like People Like You in the spring of 2009. Having played at the End Of The Road festival in the summer Spokes then returned to their countryside residence somewhere in the North-East of England to finish work on their first album proper. This time introducing intricate vocal harmonies and more complex arrangements. Spokes' meticulous attention to detail and feel lends their songs a lush sound that has a clear respect for the classics, taking inspiration from artists such as Neil Young and Kate Bush.

The song 'Torn Up In Praise' was taken from early recordings for the album and included in the Counter Records sampler, it was warmly received by Clash magazine for it's grand take on indie-rock. Similarly, when NME chose to run a feature on the Ninja Tune label a Spokes demo entitled simply as 'Daisy' was included as a featured download alongside label-mates Jaga Jazzist and Andeya Triana.

'We Can Make It Out' was the first single to be lifted from the upcoming album 'Everyone I Ever Met', and it's unique choral vocals typify the energy of the record as a whole. It comes with a video by director Dan Lowe who himself has already achieved notoriety with a promo for Field Music which was nominated by RADAR for best budget video last year alongside luminaries such as Spike Jonze. The full album was released in 2011 on Counter/Ninja Tune.

In 2011, on the back of their album release, the band have played concerts and festivals in over 10 countries around europe.

Recently the band have parted company with their violinist and have been focussing on writing and recording new material, with a view to relaunching a new sound in 2012. WATCH THIS SPACE!


We Can Make It Out b/w Yppah Remix (2010) Radio support from various DJs on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1, The Selector, Radio Ulster (Ireland), NME Radio, RTRfm (Australia), KEXP (Seattle)

Various Artists - Strike! - A Counter Records Sampler (2009, Counter Records)

People Like People Like You (EP) - 2009, Counter Records

We can make it out (Single) - 2010 ltd 7" vinyl + download - Counter/Ninja tune

3,4,5, (Single) - 2011, Counter/Ninja Tune

Everyone I Ever Met (Album) - 2011, Counter/Ninja Tune

Set List

We Like To Dance & Steal Things
Peace Racket
Torn Up In Praise
Forever The Bridge
We Can Make It Out
Everyone I Ever Met
Young People! All Together
End Credits

Length: 45 mins (approx.)