Accolade are a 5 piece melodic indie/rock band with members hailing from the cities of Leeds/Bradford and Halifax in the UK. With influences ranging from the modern rockier sounds of Incubus, Audioslave and Span to the timeless classics of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Accolades main focus is their songwriting and catchy chorus’s whilst incorporating an intricate level of musicianship into their songs.
Recently the band has added talented front man and song-smith Nick Evans to their line up. This addition has given the band a new lease of life and has taken the sound and energy to a new level. With an ever increasing fanbase both locally and on internet,the band have achieved over 60,000 plays on myspace and our now beginging to secure support slots for signed bands at some of britians most reputable venues.
Vocals: Nick Evans
Guitar: Chris Crookes
Keys: Paul Ainley
Bass: Jonny Whelan
Drums: David Zdanowicz
Accolade, an indie-rock fivesome residing from Bradford in the UK just released a few innovative tracks including “Confidence Trick” and “Keep Your Distance.” While grasping an array of influences like Geoff Martyn, Bon Jovie, Pink Floyd and The Police, the band has produced melodies resembling cadenced lullabies, delicate keyboards and gentle guitar rhythms.
The tracks liberate an inspiring ambiance as “confidence is the trick” to this cluster of musicians while Nick Evans, Accolade’s front man, releases full-fledged vocals with silver-tongued tones containing a polished yet captivating sound. The band definitely has aptitude while their piano-driven tracks offer a sound quite similar to Lifehouse and Portland, Oregon’s experimental-rock band, Kaddisfly. Their resonance is uplifting with songs such as “Lifeline,” convening into impressive yet slender breakdowns of silky bass lines and dawdling drum beats as the keyboards beautifully knit itself in the midst of the entire uproar.
The guitar’s undertones truly prevail in “Keep Your Distance,” setting free a profound series of forcefully -picked strings and inviting harmonies that will turn you into a bobble head and keep your feet tapping beside each beat. Accolade has yet to release an album, but you can still have a listen at their recently recorded tracks at http://www.myspace.com/accolade.
Review by Kimberly Haddad