Sarpa Salpa

Country UK (Northampton)
Genre Indie Pop
Members Marcus Marooth, Meg Amirghiasvand, George Neath, Ethan Whitby, & Charlie Doe

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Northampton's alt-pop five piece Sarpa Salpa have gone from strength to strength building on a reputation of killer live shows and a stream of strong singles over the past 18 months. 

Formed in 2017 by George (Guitar), Marcus (Vocals), Ethan (Bass) & Charlie (Drums). The band take influence from the likes of Foals, Friendly Fires and Two Door Cinema Club to create ever changing, dance-able indie bangers, often with more than one meaning.

Following a couple of low key Spotify releases, the band released “Smith” in October 2018 on both digital and vinyl format, picking up favourable reviews and gaining airplay on regional BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music.

This was followed up in February 2019 with “Casanova”. The track received multiple plays from BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq after seeing the band perform at Bedford Esquire's as part of Independent Venue Week. "Casanova" went on to receive daily airplay on BBC Radio 1 after being selected as BBC Introducing Radio 1 Track of the Week in March, gaining favourable reviews from the DJ’s. In support of the single the band toured around the UK, culminating in a packed hometown headline show at Northampton's largest venue, The Roadmender.

Sarpa Salpa released their next single "Before It Goes Dark" in August 2019 which was included in the BBC Introducing Hotlist on the week of its release.

The single took on a life of its own in autumn and went on to receive multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 by Jack Saunders & Huw Stephens and on BBC 6 Music by Steve Lamacq & Chris Hawkins. The track also received plays from John Kennedy & Gordon Smart on Radio X before being added to the Evening Playlist in October & even made an appearance on Made in Chelsea. To support the release, Sarpa Salpa set out on their first headline tour with packed shows in Ipswich, Liverpool, Cambridge & London.

Now a five piece with the addition of synth player Meg, Sarpa Salpa kicked off 2020 with their biggest release to date, their debut EP "Say Something". The EP included some fan favourites Lost Time & Paralysed as well as previous single Before It Goes Dark. The title track "Say Something" has since received support once again from BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens giving the track it's first national radio play as well as particular support from Jack Saunders making the band his "Next Wave" artist on January 20th. The band announced their 10 date headline tour in support of the EP in January / February and went on to sell over 1800 tickets including their launch show at their hometown venue of The Roadmender selling over 500 tickets alone!

Sarpa Salpa return in May 2020 with the release of new single "Forwards Backwards" on May 15th. Initially planned to co-incide with the bands headline slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at The Great Escape Festival, however unfortunately due to the outbreak of COV-19 this date and the supporting tour was cancelled. To make the most of the situation the band have created an "isolation" music video, featuring a number of fans of the band singing along to the track as well as a series of "Seclusion Sessions" held by frontman Marcus Marooth, some of which include partnering with Jägermeister, Rippla & Benumu.

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Songs we featured :

August 09, 2019 : Before It Goes Dark

January 03, 2020 : Say Something

May 15, 2020 : Forwards Backwards