This Bristol based 6-piece are the first band to sign to Joss Stone’s label Stone’d Records and are releasing their debut EP Desperation State, on May 7th.
Featuring lead vocalist Matt Sellors, bassist Josh Stopford, guitarist Luke Potter, drummer Reuben Nimmo, trumpeter Tom Lad, and saxophonist Jehan Abdel-Malak, together Yes Sir Boss have cultivated a distinct and indefinable sound, which has elements of everything from a brooding Balkan blues band to a horn injected indie rock outfit. Check out the forthcoming EP:
Having captivated audiences across the UK, the band have already been heralded for their energetic shows, earning them a reputation as one of Britain’s most dynamic new live bands. “At our gigs, you can expect a mixture of musical influences and tight musicianship,” promises Matt. And he’s not wrong. Last summer they completed a 40-date tour, including headline slots at the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Electric Picnic and Green Man, even finding time to record a Radio 1 Maida Vale session with Rob Da Bank. Catch them live this month at:
12th March – Gilly Beach Bar, Falmouth
17th March – Lakota, Bristol
28th March – Surya, King’s Cross
So how did Joss Stone discover the boys? “We were on our way to a gig,” Josh recalls. “We were lost in the fog and I accidentally called the first ‘J’ in my contacts, which happened to be Joss [Stone].” It turns out Stone and Stopford had remained in touch since they were kids and she’d been looking for a way to work with Yes Sir Boss. Josh continues: “I said sorry, wrong number, but she said no I’ve been meaning to talk to you – do you want to come and support me in Amsterdam? Then, when she set up her own label it was like, I want to sign you guys because I think you’re wicked.”
You couldn’t make it up. And as for the name? Nicked from one of their lyrics of course, before they moved to Bristol “where the streets are paved with gold,” jokes Matt.
Currently the band are putting the finishing touches to their debut album, due for release this summer, whilst the ‘Desperation State’ EP is out May 7.
You can keep up to date with all of Yes Sir Boss’ going ons at www.yessirboss.com.