Zambroni: Flamingo Pink Vinyl LPUMPIRE5
Label: Umpire Records
Release Date: 29th September
Their name may be taken from the world's dullest sport* but the Wickies are anything but a slog. They're a fuzzy sun-drenched indie alt-rock delight, they're power pop slacker punk for skateboard videos but maybe would be sweet to see them soundtrack some grainy black and white compilations of gnarly Leg Before Wickets.
*this is the unwavering opinion of the shopkeeper
Instrument-swapping London/Margate trio Wicketkeeper create a loose, breezy jangle-rock that’s been likened to Ultimate Painting and Teenage Fanclub. A laid back, fuzzy racket comprised of fizzing guitars interweaving with buoyant basslines and layered harmonised vocals.
They followed a split 12” with Car Seat Headrest with their debut album ‘Shonk’ in 2020. ‘Zambroni’ was self-recorded at home, rather than in a live-room, which enabled the band to play with dynamics and broader arrangements, layering multiple guitar and vocal tracks for the first time, resulting in a more melodic, considered and playful record.