Raucous Reading-based outfit Saltwater Sun follow up the faultless ‘The Wire’ with the charging ‘Hot Mess’. Jen Stearnes’ vocal drawls through verse before snapping to life on the sharp, short chorus. There is a natural comparison to the grunge-pop of Wolf Alice yet Saltwater’s references seem to span further, with Sleater-Kinney and The Breeders both coming to mind.

After receiving a frenzy of support for ‘The Wire’ from fans and critics alike and earning new fans in the likes of Huw Stephens and John Kennedy, the band performed packed out shows at The Great Escape last month. Performing as part of their label Hand In Hive’s showcase, the five piece turned the unassuming Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar into a sweating, heaving mess of bodies as they thrashed through tracks new and old.

This latest track, produced by Alex Loring has a directness that counterbalances the band’s usual shoegaze style well. They will be taking it out on the road in September as part of a full five date UK tour.

Live Dates:

13 Sept – Heartbreakers, Southampton
14 Sept – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
20 Sept – Purple Turtle, Reading
22 Sept – EBGBs, Liverpool
27 Sept – The Islington, London