Wicketkeeper "Shonk" is out NOW! 16 October 2020
Today, instrument-swapping London/Margate trio Wicketkeeper releases debut album, "Shonk". Fourteen tracks of DIY outsider guitar-pop with nods to Pavement and Sebadoh, Shonk was recorded at the Gun Factory in Homerton with producer Lindsay Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Primitive Parts) and captures the trio - comprised of brothers Simon (vocals, drums, guitar) and Alex Morley (bass, drums, guitar), and Ryan Oxley (bass, guitar) - at the peak of their insouciant powers.
Drawn from a collection of over 50 (!) songs written during a few years of Wicketkeeper loosely identifying as a band, Shonk offers a snapshot of their charmingly upbeat indie-rock recorded live in two days with Corstorphine. It includes the previously-released singles 'The Side', 'Spin', 'Feeling', 'OK' and 'Night Night (Whatever)', which have seen the band play across our fair isles alongside Cloud Nothings, Squid, Spielbergs and Japanese Breakfast, as well as releasing a split 12" with Car Seat Headrest (via Luau Records, UK) and the Wicketkeeper EP on cassette (Reefers Records, US).
As Oxley explains: "This
was always about three friends with no songs, getting into a practice
room in North London and seeing what came of it. The only caveat being,
it had to make us smile. None of us could play drums, there was no
conversation about 'what should we sound like?', this is just how we
sounded when we all plugged in and played together. Over a few years we
got together when we could, and even played a few gigs here and there,
and then came Shonk. Yeah, sure, by the time it comes out it will have
been years since some of these songs were written but it’s still those
same three friends, those same three smiles, just now with 14 songs (and
some). From the practice room to the, well, practice room.”
Wicketkeeper’s debut is thrashy guitar pop at its finest The Line Of Best Fit