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New Hope Club
The first time they ever played music together, the three members of New Hope Club felt an undeniable chemistry. All lifelong musicians who’d begun writing their own songs as kids, Northern England natives Blake Richardson, George Smith, and Reece Bibby bonded over their shared mission of making anthemic yet acoustic-guitar-driven pop music. “Right away we realized there was something special with the three of us,” recalls Blake. “We were jamming in George’s living room, playing Oasis songs and all that, and we just clicked in a really amazing way. We started writing together that weekend, and everything took off from there.”
Just over a year after that summer 2015 meeting, New Hope Club embarked on a tour with The Vamps, playing their first-ever shows to a crowds of 10,000 a night while performing during The Vamps main set. Around that time, the trio also came up with what would become their breakthrough single: the intensely catchy “Perfume,” a heart-on-sleeve pop number about “spending a day with a girl and then being left with nothing but the smell of her perfume in your room,” according to Reece.
Along with showing a songwriting sophistication well beyond their years (George and Reece are each 18, and Blake’s just 17), “Perfume” hints at the depth of musicality at the heart of New Hope Club: Reece plays bass, guitar, and drums, while George has mastered eight different instruments and Blake is both classically trained in guitar and self-taught on piano and ukulele. But despite their musical prowess, New Hope Club pack every song with an infectious energy and irresistible sense of fun.