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Sounds: Bilk // Give Up

With influences ranging from The Jam, The Streets and Arctic Monkeys through to Eminem and Dizzee Rascal, BILK are a young Indie band inspired by the authentic attitude and message in Hip Hop and Grime.

Someone help me, it’s too much. This track by Essex band BILK is too damn catchy, with some hardcore working class ethos nonstop throughout. It’s a mix of Dizzie Rascal and The Clash—with a little bit of Arctic Monkeys.

If anyone knows me, they know that Essex has a soft spot in my heart. I’ve met some of my really good friends there, and had some amazing times too. I know, I know, it’s Essex. But someone said it was the only way …

Alright bad jokes aside, Bilk released their debut single “Give Up” a bit ago—produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, The Coral) at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Their name was inspired by the lead singer’s dad who is a London cabbie (“Getting ‘bilked’ is slang for when a cabbie (has a customer that runs off without paying the fare…”)

The band spent last year gigging extensively in Essex and building a strong grassroots following, which led to their debut play on BBC Introducing at the end of 2017. Well, damn.

Having all just turned 18 years old, Bilk writes honest songs about the world they live in and the things they go through as teenagers living in modern suburban Britain.

“The idea of not giving up your aim when you’ve got your surroundings and other things going on in life distracting you. Hence the ‘trying not to flop my college course and then get employed” bit”. – Lead singer Sol Abrahams

Seems to me that you guys are doing a good job of killing it. Can’t wait to see what Bilk has up next.

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