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Pioneers are a four-piece Indie-Rock band, based in Southampton. Today sees the launch of their very first EP, ‘I’m Not Alright, I’m Fine’, at The Joiners in Southampton. This release follows the success of their first single, ‘Take Time’, which was featured by BBC Introducing, being played on BBC Radio One by various DJs such as Scott Mills and Greg James. The four-piece is made up of Sam Watts, Toby Gathercole, Charlie Flide, and Bailey Sandom.

In all honesty, my interest with Pioneers was sparked by the fact that my younger brother is their lead guitarist, but upon hearing ‘Take Time’, I realised just how talented they really are as a band. Their music genre could be defined as Indie-Rock, and fans of bands such as Arctic Monkeys will find something to truly love within their music.

Since August, Pioneers have played various gigs at several venues, including The Ageas Bowl, and The 1865 in Southampton. They have an incredible stage presence which captivates their audience, never failing to give a great performance. They perform their original songs with an occasional cover thrown into the mix, creating a set that provides something for everyone.

‘I’m Not Alright, I’m Fine’:

For fans of the band, this EP has been highly anticipated with much excitement, and the release of it on iTunes and Spotify means it is easy to access.

Beginning with ‘To Be Cool’, the EP starts with an upbeat song that makes you want to dance. This song is written about Callum, a friend of the band, who apparently tries too hard to be cool, and is the only person to have attended all of their gigs so far.

‘Generation’ fits more closely within the rock genre and provides a commentary on society and the issues facing the younger generations.

Moving more into the Indie-Rock genre is ‘It’s On You’. This song is angsty and a perfect middle track for the EP.

‘Feeling Blue’ is a beautiful ballad and the love song of the EP. This song is recorded acoustically and allows the focus to be on the wonderful lyrics.

Having already had almost 24,000 plays on Spotify, ‘Take Time’ is the true banger of the EP, and brings it to a brilliant end.

‘I’m Not Alright, I’m Fine’ is the perfect EP to follow the success of ‘Take Time’, and it leaves me wanting more material as soon as possible!

You can follow the band on Facebook here, and you can listen to ‘Take Time’ here on youtube! 

English and History student at University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. I spent a year studying abroad at University College Cork, Ireland.
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