New single by BBC 6 Music favourites Dalmas led by Harrogate musician

The fab new single by a young slightly Foo Fighters-influenced Manchester rock band led by Harrogate's George Farrar is just about to drop.

By Graham Chalmers
Thursday, 4th February 2021, 3:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th February 2021, 3:41 pm
After playing their debut single In Too Deep on BBC 6 Music breakfast show,  presenter Chris Hawkins said  he was ‘predicting big things’ for Dalmas, whose lead singer is George Farrar, centre.
After playing their debut single In Too Deep on BBC 6 Music breakfast show, presenter Chris Hawkins said he was ‘predicting big things’ for Dalmas, whose lead singer is George Farrar, centre.

The talented vocalist/drummer, increasingly known across the UK as frontman for fantastic Manchester rock band, Dalmas, leads the way on the trio's new single JHM whose chorus takes influence from the likes of Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro and Nothing But Thieves.

Written with the intent of making a festival crowd go crazy in better times, the melodic but powerful rock tune is driven by Dave Grohl style drumming and guitars reminiscent of 90’s grunge with a very modern twist.

George Farrar, who went to Harrogate Grammar School, said: “JHM was one of those songs that came together in about an hour. We find often the best songs come that way.

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    "It’s one of those songs where you can really feel the passion. You just have to go all out with a song like this, it’s got to hit people right in the gut".

    Recorded by Harrogate producer and musician Dan Mizen, lyrically; JHM follows on from last year's release You Say which Dalmas described as "an autobiographical story in which the character of the song begs to carry on a relationship that is dead.

    "As he comes to term with the end of this phase of his life, his life starts to spiral out of control and this is the beginning of a long breakdown."

    Continuing the story of living with mental illness and the struggles of coping when life is unbearable, JHM was recorded in George’s parents house which was transformed into a fully functioning studio for a week.

    The band have made speedy progress since forming at the Royal Northern College Of Music in Manchester in the winter of 2018 after George bonded with fellow students, Manchester-based guitarist Jacob Maguire and Norwegian bass player Augustus Clark over a shared love of The Chuckle Brothers!

    After playing their debut single In Too Deep on BBC 6 Music breakfast show, presenter Chris Hawkins said he was ‘predicting big things’ for the band and soon after Dalmas sold out their first ever headline show in Manchester.

    After the support from BBC 6 Music, subsequent releases have consistently been supported by BBC Introducing and the band have received recognition from industry legends such as Chris Difford of Squeeze.

    Despite the restrictions of lockdown during the Covid pandemic, Dalmas have a busy 2021 ahead of them with several exciting developments on the cards.

    This year will see the band release their debut EP Now I Can Sleep on Manchester-based label Northern Quarter Records run by Scruff Of The Neck with - Covid permitting - a headline show in Manchester for the release.

    In addition Dalmas intend to work again with producer Dan Mizen of Reel Recording Studios to start on their next EP which is already taking shape and is said to to be their most inventive work to date with a special and unique way of recording.

    The latter half of 2021 also promises great things for Dalmas. The band are in talks with LA-based producer Jon Smith to make further recordings, a scenario which should have taken place earlier in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

    As for where the group's name came from, well, unsure of what to call themselves, they drew inspiration from the time their guitarist Jacob stumbled across a 1973 Australian drama film called Dalmas in which a former cop travels through Melbourne's drug scene to find an acid dealer.

    The official video of JHM can be viewed at Dalmas's YouTube channel from today, Thursday at 5pm.

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