Who are the recks?
(and why should you care)?
The Recks are an alternative, multi-genre five-piece from the Isle of Sark in the Channel Islands, whose unique songwriting style and frenetic live performances at festivals such as Board Masters, Isle of Wight Festival and Boomtown Fair quickly earned them a dedicated fan base across the U.K. and many positive reviews.
The Recks genre-bending repertoir includes gypsy jazz, folk, reggae, indie, hip-hop and rock and after releasing their long awaited debut album, 'The Beast From The Sea' in June 2018, they have been riding a wave of success, culminating in an appearance on the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival; a raucous performance that earned them airtime on The Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, Bethan Elfyn on Radio Cymru 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 play three unique shows in Sweden at the INES Showcase, ‘Live at Heart’ to full houses and rave reviews.
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT… with the KINGS OF SCHIZOPHRENIC FOLK!!!
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
"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"!
Per Magnusson - Live At Heart
“Sark must be the epicenter of the earth. The point where all popular musical expressions collide and react with each other. How else do you explain The Reck's powerful energy and genius”?
Brass, Woodwind, Vocals
Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Joe Le Long