Sarpa Salpa – “Stick to What You Know”
Snapping on the heels of their summer banger ‘Forwards Backwards’, Sarpa Salpa unleash a brand-new single on Friday 2nd October ‘Stick To What You Know’.
Frontman Marcus Marooth says the track is about defying the pressure to follow a traditional career path:
“It’s about finding something that you love and pursing it with everything you’ve got. There is a lot of pressure in society to find a job, settle down then rinse and repeat. This track is about not settling for that 9-5 a job you hate for the rest of your life. Something that’s proved more than testing for everyone in 2020.”
In what is proving to be a tricky year for everyone, Sarpa Salpa followed up their debut EP ‘Say Something’ with the release of their disco-tinged single ‘Forwards Backwards’ in May. This continued their run of radio success with extensive support from BBC Introducing, Radio X, 6 Music as well as particular support from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders who crowned the track his Tune of the Week in June and consistently played the band for 12 weeks running.
This national radio exposure attracted the attention of the Student Radio Association who added the track to their curated Spotify “Student’s Union” & Deezer “Campus Sounds” playlists in addition to their official playlist for over 100 University radio stations around the UK.
With the cancellation of numerous festivals and a UK tour booked for the Autumn the bands only outlet became social media. What followed was a whole host of streams in support of local venues and promotors as well as a slot at Radio 1’s Virtual ‘Big Weekend’.
Looking forward, the time away from live shows has given Sarpa Salpa the perfect opportunity to focus on developing the wealth of material written over the past couple of years. During lockdown the band have written some of their best music yet which once recorded in the studio will join “Stick To What You Know” and “Forwards Backwards” on their sophomore EP due for release in early 2021. The supporting tour is currently booked for March 2021 including their first appearances in Manchester and Glasgow per the below schedule.
One of alt-pop’s most exciting independent acts, Sarpa Salpa have come a remarkable way since exploding onto the scene in 2017. The five-piece craft indie bangers laden with relatable undertones; providing a snapshot into life in your early 20s and the looming expectations that come with it.
Formed by Marcus (vocals), George (guitar), Ethan (bass) & Charlie (drums) the band became a five piece in August last year with the addition of Meg (synths).
The band began by playing small venues in their hometown of Northampton, before heading to almost every corner of the UK, amassing a loyal following who appreciate their no-nonsense DIY approach to music.
2019 was a big break for the band. In February, following an Independent Venue Week show at Bedford Esquire’s BBC 6 Music legend Steve Lamacq gave the band their first national radio play on his show, playing new single “Casanova” numerous times throughout the week. This began what felt like a snowball of support for the band with the track being crowned BBC Radio 1 Track of the Week just a few weeks later.
Eager to capitalise on the buzz generated by the new single a supporting tour was booked to tie in with the next release. This saw the band take on a 15-date tour across the UK with sold-out shows in London, Liverpool, Cambridge and a huge hometown date at Northampton’s Roadmender (the largest venue in the town 800 cap).
Follow up single “Before It Goes Dark” came in August. The single took on a life of it’s own throughout the autumn receiving support on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio X before being added to the Evening Playlist. The track also gained the band their first TV sync with an appearance on Made in Chelsea.
With support growing for the band so did the demand for a full body of work. The band went into the studio in winter 2019 to produce the “Say Something” EP released in January 2020.
The debut EP was met with positive feedback from critics and further radio support, particularly from Radio 1’s Jack Saunders who made “Say Something” his Next Wave track. This helped the band to secure a booking on the BBC Introducing Stage at The Great Escape Festival 2020 and a slot at Jack Saunders revered Hopscotch gig in March.
Unfortunately, both shows were cancelled due to COVID-19. Not to be disheartened, Sarpa Salpa continued as planned and released summer anthem “Forwards Backwards” in May. In addition to continued radio support the band also gained their first curated playlist slots on Spotify’s “Students’ Union” and Deezer’s “Campus Sounds” playlists.
"This band have song writing capabilities well beyond their years" Jack Saunders - BBC Radio 1
“Refreshing British pop for the next generation” Chris Hawkins – BBC 6 Music
"With their bright and vibrant sound, the band look to find no trouble in delivering their chosen direction time and time again, creating a solid and proficient body of work" Mystic Sons