Described as "the most refreshing and honest sound we've heard in years" (UberRock Magazine, UK), The Bar Stool Preachers are definitely doing something right. Brighton's ska-infused, streetpunk inspired you smiling throughout. Small wonder then, that since they formed in the summer of 2014 they have been attracting acclaim both for their optimistic, melodic songs as well as their incredibly energetic, powerful live shows. six piece are that rare thing - a band whose songs can stay in your head after just one listen and have you smiling throughout. Small wonder then, that since they formed in the summer of 2014 they have been attracting acclaim both for their optimistic, melodic songs as well as their incredibly energetic, powerful live shows.
Whether playing tiny venues like the legendary 50-capacity Foreman's bar in Nottingham, captivating thousands at Turbinenhalle Oberhausen (GER), headlining their own sold out shows or supporting the bigger bands on their extensive tours, this a band you know you can rely on for a gig full of energy, enthusiasm (frontman Tom McFaull is a whirlwind of charisma), and a collection of just straight up good music. Described by British music magazine "Vive Le Rock" as having "all the energy of The Specials in their heyday", this is a fair summary of a band who embrace the original 2-tone sound, whilst adding a fresh modern twist, some reggae, dub and hardcore thrown in for good measure, witty observational lyrics and a heavy dose of punk influences such as The Clash, Rancid, and Cock Sparrer (McFaull is the son of Cock Sparrer's Colin McFaull and the punk heritage is respected in their sound impeccably). It's this crafted, genuine sound, that makes The Bar Stool Preachers feel like such a breath of fresh air.
Their debut single 'One Fool Down' sold out over 1000 copies within a month both in Europe and in America, and really helped the band generate some momentum from the word: 'Go!'. One critic in particular went as far as to say "One Fool Down" is, very simply, perfectly captivating and the best-spent four minutes and eighteen seconds on a punk record in I-don't-even-want-to-think-about-how-long."