MIK PERRY – Vocals & Guitar RIK PAYNE – Lead Guitar NOAH HARMON – Bass Guitar. DAN MCDONNELL – Drums.
The New Assassins are an American sounding rock band from Staines ( they like to call themselves ‘the elder statesmen’ of Staines- but they don’t seem to look as old as Ming Cambell to me!) and they play everything from experimental, punk, new wave to raw blues, rock to indie. I saw them play at The Hob, Staines last month.
Some of their material seems a bit experimental and improvised- yet tight enough not to stray into ‘jazz odyssey’ territory. If you take a pinch of PiL (Public Image Ltd) and then add a spoonful of psychedelia a lá The Verve with a dollop of post-punk juice like Joy Division and you get close to the sound of the New Assassins.
In fact, the band look awfully similar to The Verve in appearance but seem less inclined to shoegaze and more inclined towards a more raucous and, to my mind, enjoyable rocky style more like The Black Crowes.
You can download NA tracks from their indiestore site at:
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The New Assassins are the best band to come out of Staines in years! They’re doing a gig at The Compasses in Egham in March 09, Can’t wait!