Discover: Sherbet Flies

 Sherbet Flies at Fulford Arms, York. Photo: Roosa Päivänsalo

Sherbet Flies at Fulford Arms, York. Photo: Roosa Päivänsalo

York's music scene, mainly comprising experimental and noisy underground bands, is active and tight, and it is therefore impossible to avoid hearing certain names over and over. Sherbet Flies is one of these: the lo-fi noise rock / queercore three-piece consists of lead singer and guitarist Elliot Barker, who also runs independent label Snowfall Records, bassist Mike Sumner and drummer Nick Upton – all of whom are known to local audiences for their other musical projects too.

To compare Sherbet Flies to Pavement would be nothing new, but it would mean neglecting their various different elements and influences ranging from riot grrrl to shoegaze. Moreover, while you could easily imagine them being a 90s band, they still manage to retain their originality and intrigue: they don't sound overly familiar.

Noisy rock bands are rarely defined by their positivity, and Sherbet Flies' tracks don't exactly come across as upbeat either – vigorous, relentless strumming and drumming that regularly results in blood-covered instruments at the band's live shows, combined with Barker's steady, melancholic-verging-on-apathetic-verging-on-aggressive vocals. Sumner, however, points out in their interview with Soundsphere, that the songs are still ultimately optimistic, being “all about the pursuit of happiness” despite their heavy themes. This intense relationship with music is certainly part of their appeal and it is not easy to find bands with equally passionate live performances.

Having released their latest record No New Yorkshire last summer, Sherbet Flies are already getting their newest work ready for recording this spring. Before that, however, you can still catch them on tour at the following locations:

17th March - Whirling Dervish, Middlesbrough
18th March - Wharf Chambers, Leeds
19th March - Fulford Arms, York