Part of a puzzling new Suffolk trend for adhesive-themed band names, Gaffa Tape Sandy are a Bury St. Edmunds-based power trio, made up of Catherine Lindley-Neilson (voice and bass), Kim Jarvis (voice and guitar) and Robin Francis (drums).
The three friends formed the band in 2015 with the simple aim to do something “loud and exciting”. They are influenced by (what is considered in Bury St. Edmunds to be) a diverse range of music, including the White Stripes, Pixies, Violent Femmes, Pulled Apart By Horses, Slaves and (Thee) Oh Sees.
All three members of Gaffa Tape Sandy are very nice, polite young people from a picturesque market town in rural East Anglia and, as such, are a publicist’s nightmare. Pushed for lurid gossip, their manager was able to confirm that Robin worked in a Christian tea shop, Kim is often called “Tim” by people who mishear his name, and Catherine once had a job in a tile shop, where she became an expert in grout.
Fortunately, Gaffa Tape Sandy are a band who don’t need a back-story filled with controversy or comedy misadventures to get people’s attention. Their self-released debut single “Smart-Dressed Guy” and follow-up EP “Spring Killing” have already received airplay from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Huw Stephens. Live, they have supported Idles (twice), the Buzzcocks, SuperGlu, Get Inuit and the Stupids.
They were chosen by BBC Introducing to perform at this year’s Glastonbury, where they closed their set with a blistering version of new single “Beehive”, which will be available to download or stream on all reputable digital platforms from 20 October.
“Ever wondered what Pixies would sound like if they were younger and lived in Bury St. Edmunds? Us neither, but it’s nice that Gaffa Tape Sandy are on hand should anyone ever ask. We think they’re a joy… Go see.” (BBC Introducing in Suffolk)