So right now I’m sat here in my apartment currently listening to “Borderland,” the debut album from six-piece Carlisle, UK based band, Hardwicke Circus. I have to say the lead track “Guiding Light” sends me on a journey of the likes that if The Wallflowers had a lovely mixing with The Doors & The Rolling Stones.
Hardwicke Circus Borderland Review
As I roll through the tracks on “Borderland”, I get the feeling of being taken aback in a time machine to the best parts of the 80s. With a light new wave feel at times transitioning to a bluesy Springsteen “Dancing In TheDark”/ “Born In The USA” feel when the saxophone starts to beam it’s light in “Walking On Broken Glass,” this album is sending me to so many happy places all at once. I literally get the feeling of cruising down the highway in a cherry red 1985 Corvette convertible.
The album takes a somber turn with “Carry The Torch” as the lead singer laments a lost love, but then gets back up to the swinging sway of things with “My Sweet Love,” which somewhat reminds me of early Elton John mixed with a bit of Huey Lewis. “The Ballad Of The Gypsy King” brings to mind close knit nights out in the pubs & “Let’s Make New Mistakes” makes me want to do just that…get out in the world, kick up my heels, experience life, & make new mistakes.
All in all, “Borderland” is a nostalgic romp into the 80s with the excitement of modern nuances. Hardwicke Circus is Jonny Foster – Lead vocals and guitars, Tom Foster – Drums and vocals, Ben Wilde – Bass and vocals, Lewis Bewley-Taylor – Keys, Andy Phillips – Saxophone, & Zack McDade – Guitars and vocals. Check out all of Hardwicke Circus’ discography on Spotify & or wherever you stream your music sources to tide you over until July 23, when “Borderland” will be officially released.
The band have also confirmed a series of gigs in Carlisle In July. The band will be playing the Church where Jonny and Tom’s parents married, and where they were both baptised, and the bands sound engineer will marry his fiancée before the gig! Updated July 2021 UK dates are as follows:
Sun 6th June 2021 Buttermere Bash Festival, Buttermere, Cumbria
Sun 13th June 2021 Half Moon, Putney, London
Fri 9th July 2021 St Cuthberts, Carlisle band promoted show
Tues 20th July 2021 Vinyl Trap, Preston
Wed 21st July 2021 The Horn, St Albans
Fri 23rd July 2021 Malle Mile, Grimsthorpe Castle, Borne
Sat 24th July 2021 The Old Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London
Sun 25th July 2021 Harbour Arm, Folkestone
Tues 27th July 2021 The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury
Wed 28th July 2021 Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Thurs 29th July 2021 The Cavern Free House, Raynes Park, London
Fri 30th July 2021 The Magic Garden, Battersea, London
Sat 31st July 2021 The Eagle Tavern, Dover
Sun 1st August 2021 Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
Sat 7th August 2021 Wild On the Wall Festival, Carlisle
Fri 27th August 2021 Homestead Gathering, Hexham, Northumberland
Sat 28th August 2021 Solfest Festival, Silloth, Cumbria
Sat 25th Sept 2021 Green’s Hotel, Kinross, Scotland
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