In this series of blog posts, we are introducing young London bands whose music has a special connection to the 60s.
Formed four years ago, the Pacers are one of London’s most exciting new bands. Informed by 60s garage rock and psychedelia, the quartet create a unique sound that’s neither stuck in the past, nor immensely modern. Their music is raw and melodic at the same time, and their energetic live performances are guaranteed to impress anyone who likes rock with a hint of nostalgia.
Their third single, ‘How Will I Know?’, with the B-side ‘Tired, Beat and Broken’, is released on 1st June through the independent label Psych-A-Rella Records. Pre-orders are available from 21st May. They have also finished recording their first full-length studio album.
The band’s first single ‘Losing Touch’ came out in 2015. The track is dominated by an old-school lead guitar sound reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane and Alex’s extremely distinctive vocals. Their second single ‘Mirror Man’, released last year, is a bluesy song with an unforgettably catchy chorus, influenced by 60s folk and early rock ‘n’ roll.
We asked each band member to briefly explain what 60s music means to them.
Harry Stam (guitar): 60s music is the foundation of everything that came afterwards and still influences me on a daily basis. The sound of those records made without all the digital technology around now is still the best sound to my ears. The music, along with the fashion and culture make me wish I was around then. The Beatles, the Sonics, 13th floor Elevators and the Easybeats are among the ones I always go to.
Alex Friedl (guitar and vocals): the 60s was an amazing and innovative decade for music, with so many bands and so much experimentation going on, it makes it the most interesting period in music for me. You could spend years listening to 60s music and there are still great bands and songs to discover everyday.
Jamie Yuan (drums): As a drummer, drummers like Ringo and John Densmore carried through jazz traditions and influences in their style of play that gave 60s music a distinctive feel – something that’s lacking in todays music.
Sean Doherty (bass): 60s music I listen to more than any other decade, so many great bands and great albums that I still listen to regularly, constantly finding inspiration from them even years later.