New Track(s): Adam French ‘Hunter’ / ‘Punchbag Love’

Adam French‘s double A-side single does exactly what a two-sided (alas, rarely physical anymore) release should; showcasing two distinctly different sides to his personality, tied together with a vocal that carries angst, as well as the innocence a 23-year old shouldn’t have shaken off completely.

‘Hunter’ takes influence from two of his major inspirations; Queens Of The Stone Age and Bombay Bicycle Club, making for a rock track with big, familiar beats and a strong, sing-a-long ready chorus, delivered with a little more grit than the latter band.

‘Punchbag Love’ is piano-lead, but equally strong. “Take it all out on me, I could be your punchbag love and that’s all you need,” French yearns, on a ballad with more about it than your standard singer/songwriter smash hit, but one which has the makings of a favourite.

After picking up the guitar at 10 and being influenced by crowds “reacting to something which essentially came out of someone’s head in their bedroom”, French made the move from Manchester to London, where his self-produced tracks have been delivered to crowds at Leeds/Reading and during support slots for Rat Boy and Jack Garrat.

And now, influenced by the Bombay Bicycle Club shows he saw growing up (“fucking incredible”), Adam French is ready to headline himself. His first UK tour takes place at the beginning of next year, before heading over to play NYC and LA:

18th Jan – Leeds, Gaslight Club
20th Jan – London, The Social (Communion)
22nd Jan – Manchester, Deaf Institute
23rd Jan – Birmingham, Café Ort
25th Jan – Sheffield, The Harley
26th Jan – York, The Basement

Dan Bull

Dan Bull

Dan Bull

Reviews Editor
London. Likes: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Prince Charles Cinema, Duran Duran Dislikes: Soreen, All-hits setlists, "I liked them before everyone else..."