Summer Sizzler of the Day: “When I go walking in the Rain” by The Madding Crowd


The Madding Crowd Crowd are an alternative rock band from Manchester whose eclectic tones cross over to garage and noise rock whilst tilting towards folk-rock. They are a band who are very much for the people, free-spirited and whose political and emotionally driven lyrics are delivered with off-beat conviction, whilst often taking a soap-box stance. Comprised of Ben Corry on vocals/ guitar, Dominic Corry on lead guitar, Claud Corry on bass guitar and Danny Kristof on drums, The Madding Crowd are a great live band whose single “When I Go Walking in the Rain” is my “Summer Sizzler of the Day”.

Taken from their third EP, “A Stitch in Time”, “When I go walking in the Rain” is a  great song  reminiscent of bands such as The Levellers, The Bluetones and Shed Seven with a mix of old skool James thrown in for good measure. It’s swagger folk-rock at its finest, a festival favourite that gets the crowd going with its anthemic chorus and brotherhood chants. Along with the snazzy, looping and reverberating riffs, “When I go walking in the Rain” carries a sunny grandiose with a feel-good factor which filters through the music, making you want to sing along. Vocally rich, Corry sings from the rooftops, with two fingers in the air, a sort of wayward passion that makes you listen and enjoy the ride.