Barnsley’s The Hurriers have blazed a trail across the UK’s festivals and fundraisers over the last four years, fast gaining a reputation as the ‘go-to’ political band of the moment.
The band released their debut long player ‘From Acorn Mighty Oaks’ in May 2015 working with Sheffield producer Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Richard Hawley).
The South Yorkshire five-piece comprises Tony Wright-Vocals, Jamie Walman-Bass/vocals, Sam Horton-Guitar, Jim Proud-Guitar and Zak Wright-Drums.
Calling themselves “A proper socialist punk band” they’ve made a pretty deep impact. Billy Bragg invited them to play Glastonbury, they’ve played festivals with New Model Army and secured support slots with The Sleaford Mods, including at Sheffield’s O2 Academy.
It seems appropriate that a band steeped in the long history of working class struggle should also be a band that crosses generational lines (singer Tony and drummer Zak are father and son). Having some younger blood in the band seems to ignite The Hurriers and infuse them with an energy and pace that belies their combined ages. This is an incendiary band with guitars, SKA rhythms, harmonies and singalongs. You can hear echoes of bands like The Clash,The Redskins, The Jam, Gang Of Four and The Specials.
And their manifesto? Nothing short of “contributing to the overthrow of the corrupt capitalist system through the power of song”. And what songs they are!