By Jon Milton
If you cast your mind back to 2017 you may well remember an incredibly promising young band called the Dead Pretties, who had that massive tune 'Confidence' and a couple of other great singles too. The band's enigmatic front man Jacob Slater has kept a pretty low profile since then, but that looks set to change now he's re-emerged with a new venture, Wunderhorse.
Wunderhorse in fact released their first singles 'Teal' and 'Poppy' late last year, but have only just come under our radar with their new single '17' out this week. Written at the age of seventeen, Jacob explains. 'I remember coming back from a party and feeling a bit shit and the song just kind of fell out. It's the oldest song I still play live and so I thought it deserved to get out there’.
Anyway 17 (and the previous two singles) are top quality, so if you're late to the party as I am make sure you check them out. Don't be expecting a rehash of the Dead Pretties though, the songwriting here has clearly matured significantly and lost a lot of raw edges on the way. 'The War on Drugs meets Jeff Buckley with a little of that tightly coiled Thamesbeat energy' is how the press release has it which sounds about right.
Wunderhorse headlines The Lexington in London on Thursday 10th March. Tickets available here via Dice.fm.