The Recks are an alternative five piece band hailing from the tiny Isle of Sark, whose genre-bending repertoire includes gypsy jazz, folk, reggae, indie, hip-hop and rock.
Formed in 2012 from a motley collection of misfits on an Island 3 miles x 1.5 miles long, the band set out to write contemporary multi-genre music with a roots-based foundation and quickly amassed a full set of lively, infectious songs that began to set crowds alight at packed out Festival tents around the UK and France.
Positive reviews followed from MTV News, Q Magazine and Drowned in Sound, with the latter declaring them "the new kings of schizophrenic folk".
Their debut single "Lovers In The Night" was released in 2014 and was followed up with "Low Life" in 2016 and "Train Wreck" in 2018. All three singles were from their long awaited debut album "The Beast From The Sea", released in 2018. Produced by Jason Boshoff (David Gray, Basement Jaxx, Lisa Hannigan), the album was recorded in various locations around the Isle of Sark.
After early interest from BBC Introducing, The Recks took Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey by storm, earning them rave reviews for their performance at Jersey Live 2012 and again in 2013.
With such an explosive first year under their belts, The Recks (now under the management of Stoked Music) went on to conquer a wider audience with two UK tours (2013/2014), performances at Isle of Wight Festival (2014/2015), Boomtown Fair (2014/2015), Boardmasters (2013), Mardi Zicos (2013) and support slots on the tours of Babyhead and Yes Sir Boss (2014).
Despite a line-up change following a hiatus in 2015/2016, the distinctive Recks 'sound' remains as infectious as ever, with new songs continuing to evolve and shape the future direction of the band.
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"!