What a long, strange trip it’s been! Since we formed a few years back it’s been eventful – full of lucky escapes, disappearances, a drunken fence impaling, unexpected pregnancies and being pepper-sprayed by an undercover policeman… but these are stories for another day.
Let’s start at the beginning. Airdrop was formed when Ruben replied to Andy’s online ad looking for musicians to start a band. Ruben had played to large crowds in his native Spain and after he got some compensation from a random accident (I think a roof fell on him?!) he finally had some money to make the jump and move to London.
The first time they met, Ruben’s English wasn’t that great, so they communicated by saying names of the bands they loved, which turned out to be exactly the same.
After that they started writing songs together in a small apartment and Airdrop was born. After a couple changes we arrived at the amazing lineup we have today. Tom Simpson on vocals, Al Briggs on bass, Dave Lowe on drums and Andy & Ruben sharing guitar duties.
So what kind of music do we play? It’s something that’s always difficult to put into words, especially without sounding too pretentious.
But simply put, we play high-energy rock n roll with groove. It’s fast, exciting rock with a real swing, and funk, punk & blues seeping in.
This year’s been busy. We released our debut album Serotonin Sunrise in August this year on independent label Real Vision Records. The lead single, fan favourite Victoria, gained airplay on local radio all around the UK and in the Netherlands.
We’ve built up a great reputation as a live act, built on our close friendship and commitment to hard work & great songwriting, gigging at prestigious venues around London such as The Camden Assembly (Barfly), The Hope & Anchor as part of Oxfam Islington Takeover Festival, Fiddler’s Elbow, Nambucca and The Alley Cat. The new album’s also given us the chance to take our live show out of London, with our first Brighton gig booked for early 2017 plus a gig swap with a local Brighton band being finalised.
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