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Live Music Lineup


William The Conqueror

Main Stage, 02 Jun

William The Conqueror

Indie rock trio William The Conqueror might well have just dropped one of 2021’s sleeper

hits. It’s a record of cuts and bruises, wrapped within bittersweet leftfield rock n roll tunes.

The band is fronted by Ruarri Joseph, a wry, patient storyteller, who has managed enough

living to portray a world-weary wisdom in his words, but balances it all with enough

optimism to suggest he hasn’t quite lived. ‘Maverick Thinker’ is a record of short, sharp

shots to the arm. Fuzzy college rock with chops, one foot lingering menacingly over the

distortion pedal.

Recorded in LA at the infamous Sound City Studios, Ruarri, Naomi Holmes (bass) and Harry

Harding (drums) rattled through the album’s ten tunes at a breakneck speed. Which turns

out to have been a good thing, because the sessions were cut short as the pandemic took

grip. With the studio doors locked, the band spent a final, eerie day wandering a deserted

Venice Beach before flying home early, but with the record already in the can. All that chaos

brings a certain unpredictability to an album that nods to some of the US lo-fi greats and yet

arrives at something innately British.

Praised for their grit and authenticity by The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, their live

performances have drawn wildly enthusiastic comparisons to Kings of Leon, Nirvana, Buffalo

Tom and The Marshall Tucker Band.


Maverick Thinker is out now on Chrysalis Records

"deeply grooved talking swamp-grunge blues" Mojo ★★★★

"instant classic" Uncut

"songs that seep deep into the system" Paste Magazi