Having been likened to The National and Joy Division for frontman Jacob Patrick’s baritone vocals and Frightened Rabbit for his honest songwriting and the band’s pop sensibilities, Narwhals are also influenced by the expansive post-rock stylings of Mogwai and Sigur Ros, the sonic weirdness of Bon Iver, the fuzz-laden grunge of the 90s and the driving beats of 80s post-punk.
Hailing from South Manchester, school friends Jacob Patrick and Michael Ward first started making music together as teenagers in the early 2000s. After a few years doing separate things (Michael enjoyed success as guitarist in Manchester quartet Fear Of Music) they reunited in 2010 when Jacob invited Michael into his band at the time. They became Narwhals a year later and while other band members have come and gone the pair have formed an enduring partnership with Jacob’s raw, often confessional songwriting and Michael’s ear for melody and arrangements. The addition of Michael’s older brother Phill (formerly of Birmingham based trio Sylvia) in 2018, initially as producer/mixer/masterer for their debut album (Two Dark Windows – released 2018) then as bass player, has allowed the band to further hone their craft with Phill’s attention to detail and unbridled creativity adding focus to their sound.
They decided to take a year off from gigging in 2019, which was prolonged by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. They have however been very busy behind the scenes recording their standalone single “3310 & A Pterosaur” (released 11th February 2022) and their sophomore album which they hope to release later in 2022.