Let Man Loose are a rock band from Hull. Expect a blend of thunderous fuzz boxes and melodic East Yorkshire dialect.
2019 saw the band attract the attention of BBC Music Introducing, BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy of Radio X. 2020 brings 'Vol. 3' to complete the band's trilogy of EP releases, featuring brand new songs 'Victory Lap', 'Bulldog' and 'The Acid Test' alongside a reworking of tuneful audience favourite 'Sweet Spot'. Let Man Loose are excited to take their frenzied live show across the United Kingdom with new recruits, Luke and Eric.
In 2017, Marc Ainley, Jamie Rothery, Sam Howell and Daniel Griffin joined forces as Let Man Loose, inspired by Queens of the Stone Age, the associated Palm Springs low desert scene and Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys. The first half of the year saw the group working tirelessly on new material, self-releasing singles 'Dream Reel' and 'Sweet Spot' before attracting the support of Hull-based Warren Records.
With the valuable support of the cherished local label, Let Man Loose headed into the studio to record their first EP release 'Vol. 1' – released at the end of 2017 to wrap up a successful first year for the band and featuring 'Shotgun Good Fun', 'The Coffin's Final Nail' and 'I Warned You'. This trio of songs remain certified crowd-pleasers at Let Man Loose's frenetic live shows.
'Shotgun Good Fun' is furious. The blend of heavy rock and colloquial hooks are perfectly weighted / Reyt Good Music
Frequently referred to as 'one hell of a band' by BBC Music Introducing DJ Alan Raw, Let Man Loose continued to receive invaluable support from the team at Radio Humberside, with numerous live session performances, interviews and on-air endorsements culminating in a coveted late afternoon slot on their stage at Hull's flagship music festival, Humber Street Sesh in 2018.
Spurred on by this backing, the band latched onto the momentum and returned to the studio in early 2018 to start work on 'Vol. 2'. Benefitting from continued guidance from Warren Records, the band opted to take a DIY approach to its release, learning a great deal in the process and forging relationships with industry professionals. The four-track EP was released in July 2018 and supported with a ten date UK tour. The year also saw the band performing at Nottingham's Dot to Dot festival, opening for Black Honey, and joining Zal Cleminson of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band on tour in both Hull and Newcastle.
The instrumentals bite - look no further than 'Queen Bee' to see the way Let Man Loose take command over dissonance - riffs leap from attacking drum beats, culminating in a scream of feedback. 'Fun House Mirror' teeters on the brink of punk, with its taunting refrains and nightmarish guitar sections / Backstreet Mafia
Contacts formed in the run up to the EP's release allowed the band to make use of the PRS Foundation Open Fund - working with multi-award winning producer Andy Seward on a demo for 'Two Way Glass' - courtesy of Yorkshire-based not-for-profit organisation Higher Rhythm. The band then returned to long-term producer Mikey Scott of Hull's Studio94 to record the single proper at the start of 2019.
The opening riff is big, bold and loud; you feel the power of the electric guitars pressing in on you from all sides. 'You look like you were born to adorn the lock screen' is either a new age compliment or a dubious comment on society's adoration for creating that Insta-perfect life. Either way, it’s effective / WaveByte
'Two Way Glass' proved a big success, attracting attention and airplay from BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy of Radio X. Live highlights of 2019 included trips to Scotland and Wales, support with Allusinlove, a late evening slot at Humber Street Sesh as well as forming part of incredible line-ups at Lincoln’s 2Q and Wakefield’s Long Division festivals.
Late summer brought news of Jamie's imminent relocation to the south of England, and prompted the boys back into the studio to record 'Vol. 3' before his departure. It provided the band with the perfect opportunity to wrap up their long-standing working relationship with producer Mikey, before his own move to Canada. Mikey's contribution helped shape the Let Man Loose sound and can be heard across the band's catalogue.
'Vol. 3' completes the trilogy of EP releases by Hull's rock machine Let Man Loose.
Triumphant opener 'Victory Lap' details the celebratory parade of a new couple enveloped by the honeymoon phase. The addictive spaghetti riff of 'Sweet Spot' makes way for a story of escapism. 'Bulldog' is a satirical commentary walking the circus tightrope between patriotism and bigotry before 'The Acid Test' lends eloquent words of encouragement to tackle the delicate matter of anxiety.
Let Man Loose are pleased to welcome new recruits Luke Scruton and Eric Dimmack, who take over from Jamie Rothery and Sam Howell on guitar and bass respectively. The new line-up are excited to take their frenzied live show across the United Kingdom once more.
Marc Ainley / Lead vocals and guitar
Luke Scruton / Guitar and percussion
Eric Dimmack / Bass and backing vocals
Daniel Griffin / Drums