The Tapestry are a post-punk, garage four piece from Manchester, whose infectious and energised songs fly the flag for the modern indie band. Without being bogged down with post-punk angst or wrapped up in garage psychedelia, The Tapestry emerge as touchstones of new wave music, embracing their influences, whilst sounding original and fresh. With Liam Faherty on vocals/guitar, Dyna on guitar/vocals, Katy Baker on bass/vocals and Reece Cairns on drums, The Tapestry are purveyors of that unpretentious, guitar-laden band that doesn’t have to rely on any gimmicks to get noticed, just good-old fashioned, raw talent.
Notably, it’s also the individualistic vocals of Faherty which make The Tapestry an interesting band. Sounding like an incarnation of Elvis Costello and Fergal Sharkey, Faherty has all the rich, quavering tones reminiscent of that 70s classic era, yet he conveys that cool intellectualism of Jarvis Cocker and Danny Mahon. As well as an accomplished songwriter Faherty is a refreshing change from that clichéd nonchalant, swaggering front-man.
Having recently supported The View and Pete Doherty, The Tapestry are quickly getting the reputation of a brilliant live band. Along with Cairns’ diverse drumming and Dyna’s multi-faceted guitar playing, it’s also the heavy presence of Baker’s bass playing that cement The Tapestry’s individuality and high musical calibre. Sounding like a cross-breed of old school goth and post-punk likened to The Cure, The Pixies and Joy Divison, Baker really stands her ground as a bassist, giving some equilibrium to those shimmery and jangly riffs.
Take Turns picks up where Television’s Venus left off, whilst shifting towards a more cool art rock horizon. It’s a restless stomper that hesitates and builds to crescendo with its relay and contrary riffs. Kick-started by the crunchy, garage riffs, Take Turns soon pauses for breath, allowing the shimmering and wayward riffs to sneak in, twisting and curling against Faherty’s sunken vocals. With the militant and flipping drums, Take Turns take on the form of those upbeat and idiosyncratic tones likened to The Monochrome Set, whilst resonating against the rumbling bass. With catchy lyrics such as “I’ll sell it to you,I’ll sell it to you“, Take Turns embraces new wave girl-boy harmonies likened to The Subways, whilst pulsating with that bona fide post-punk beat.
With remnants of The Pixies and The Breeders, My Phoney War is The Tapestry’s most raw and abrasive song. With its braided and nimble-fingered riffs, My Phoney War has all the makings of a post-punk/grunge underground classic, without tumbling into a sub-genre. Despite its jerky chugs, My Phoney War is neatly a packaged song, allowing any angst to leak through the dual vocals of Faherty and Baker. With lyrics such as “Hey now, this is a disaster, I feel it in your anger….”, My Phoney War is emotionally unhinged, whilst tilting slightly towards the psychotic sheen of Frank Black.
Another Century pulsates with fierce energy that swivels and staggers against the bashing drums. With such a prominent bass, Another Century steers with fragments of Joy Division and its darkness is modified by the jangly squibbles and angular riffs. Although Another Century is fuelled by the adrenaline infused riffs, it’s characterised by the dual vocal arrangements, which synchronise with slamming riffs. With lyrics such as: “how long would you settle here for me…” you get to hear the backdrop of interwoven riffs that stomp against the curling bass. Vocally charged, Another Century tramples with post-punk angst, whilst leaping with a sunnier and laid-back disposition.
Rode Your Luck is one of The Tapestry’s more infectious songs which swings with a wistful pace, whilst dipping briefly into murkier depths. With its catchy chorus and dual vocal arrangements, Rode Your Luck again illustrates The Tapestry’s skill at oscillating riffs that soar, slam and swing before pulling together as one mesh of slap n dash sounds. Lyrically Rode Your Luck showcases some great lines, including “… if you collect your heart from lost and found then I’ll be sat hear waiting…”, proving that the power lies in the romance rather than the angst. Without the stark jittery quirkiness as bands such as The Futureheads and Maximo Park, Rode Your Luck benchmarks The Tapestry as a band somewhere in between, making that post punk and garage transition.
You can catch The Tapestry at the following gigs:
Sat 17th Nov – This Feeling @ Fac251, Manchester w/ Little Barrie
Thurs 29th Nov at the Ruby Lounge w/ Sound Of Guns
Fri 14th Dec – Purple Turtle, Camden
Fri 22nd Feb – The Cockpit, Leeds w/ The Sundowners