Who are the recks?
(and why should you care)?
The Recks are a gypsy, jazz, folk, funk, genre-bending, mind-melting, slap-dashing, five-piece from the isle of Sark in the Channel Islands.
Formed in 2012 The Recks quickly gained positive reviews and became known as the “kings of schizophrenic folk” (although they’re not quite sure what that means, but they're almost certain it’s a compliment).
Releasing their long awaited album, The Beast From The Sea in June 2018, The Recks have been riding a wave of success and leaving a horde of happy fans bobbing in their wake with appearances at U.K. festivals such as Boomtown Fair, Isle of Wight Festival, Board Masters and the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival; a raucous performance that earned them airtime on BBC Radio 3 and Huw Stephens show on BBC World Service. The Recks returned to the BBC a few months later to perform a rare acoustic show at BBC Music Introducing Live 2018 for Sentric Music Publishing.
As well as performing many local shows and festivals in the Channel Islands, 2019 has seen The Recks embark on a successful ten show tour in the South of England, support up and coming band ‘King Nun’, perform at Beautiful Days Festival, packing out the Big Top Stage and three performances in Orebro, Sweden at the INES Showcase, ‘Live at Heart’.
Discover them, watch them, follow them, book them, just don’t touch them.
“This band is great, and i’m not even on drugs” - Anon
Tom Girard - BBC Introducing
"The Recks combine the energy of The Stooges and Gogol Bordello with their own take on everything from folk and jazz to reggae and indie to create a uniquely psychedelic sound with enough stage presence thrown in regularly draw crowds of hundreds.
Each member of the band brings something different that defies all expectations in creating something that has seen them become one of the Channel Islands top musical attractions".
"Sunday saw acclaimed young folkies Jake Bugg and Alex Clare bring out the sun on the main stage, while Sark's local heroes The Recks packed out the Sobe Stage".
Drowned In Sound
"One hit wonder Alex Clare is up next. He plays the hit. We leave. Sark based ensemble The Recks fare much better, drawing one of the largest crowds of the weekend to the homely SoBe Stage. Musically there's elements of The Men They Couldn't Hang's polemic folk with a touch of Syd Barrett's eccentricity. Someone mentions Mumford & Sons. We politely ask them to wash their ears (and mouths) out. All hail the new kings of schizophrenic folk, if such a genre exists".
"Having Noel Gallagher in such a small, intimate arena such as Jersey Live's will be something special, and I'm also personally delighted to see David Holmes and to have discovered The Recks, a really great new band from the tiny Island of Sark - population 500"!