The Sceptics are gearing up to a big second release post-lockdown! The band, approaching their first birthday this summer, have been grinding away in the studio off the back of some mega sell-out performances at their hometown Manchester’s iconic Deaf Institute and Aatma.

Their debut single ‘Indecisive’ came out a few months ago to many plaudits and they look set to save our summers with their new, anthemic track ‘Hello’.

‘Hello’, a favourite of their energetic fan base, is delivered perfectly with their Britpop-like, Indie Rock style which draws on their rich Mancunian roots. As per usual, vocalist Isaac Pugh delivers a charismatic performance on the track which is paired with the Gallagher-like guitarists Ollie Jackson and Will Riley. The bands rhythm section, bassist Ollie Dunne and drummer Jamie Foster-Grime, provide the backbone to a song which is bound to be belting around stadiums down the line.

The single starts with a catchy drum beat and guitar riff which will have you tapping along and sets the tempo for the track. It grabbed my attention and I just knew from listening to the first few seconds of this track I was going to like it. As I was tapping away listening to the track I could hear the bands mixture of Britpop and Indie Rock sound which I loved hearing but they have also added their own sound which gives this track a slightly raw and unique sound, this combined with the brilliant vocals by Isaac instantly makes this track stand out.

The Lyrics are catchy, and will no doubt get stuck in your head, sometimes this is the worst thing to happen but it was not the case. The combination of the instrumentals along with the great vocals and catchy sound makes this single a great treat for the ears. As the band said the track is short and sweet but for me packs a punch and is full of great instrumentals, lyrics and is a fun and energetic track to listen too. I feel this would sound brilliant live and i know that probably won’t happen for a while but for now you just need to listen to this track with your volume to the max.

An impressive track which I’m a huge fan off, this talented band mean business and I can’t wait to hear more from them.


By Siân Parker