Hailing from the quiet midland’s town of Northampton, Sarpa Salpa craft upbeat alternative bangers designed with the indie dancefloor in mind. Formed by Marcus Marooth (vocals/guitar) and George Neath (guitar/synth) in 2016 through a shared love of Foals, Tame Impala & Friendly Fires. The pair quickly found Charlie Doe (drums) & Ethan Whitby (bass) to complete the line-up.
Taking every opportunity to play live honing their skills the band had played well over 100 shows before their first break came in February 2019 in the form of single ‘Casanova’ being picked up by Steve Lamacq after seeing them perform live at an Independent Venue Week show at Bedford Esquires. Off the back of this, Lamacq played the track on his show on BBC 6 Music and the following week it was made BBC Introducing Radio 1 Track of the Week resulting in several plays on Radio 1 throughout the week.
Whilst continuing their hectic live schedule and working full time jobs they set to work recording their debut EP ‘Say Something’. At this time Meg Amirghiasvand joined the band on synths helping them to further pursue their 80s inspired sound. The first track released from the EP was ‘Before It Goes Dark’ released in August 2019. This garnered additional plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X and was used on Made in Chelsea. The EP itself was released in January 2020 and was met with positive reviews, playlisted on Spotify’s Student Union and received particular support from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders who chose the title track as his ‘Next Wave’ on the BBC Radio 1 Indie Show.
In support of the ‘Say Something’ EP they set out on their first ever headline tour in January & February of 2020 playing 12 dates across the UK including their biggest show to date at Northampton’s Roadmender (800 cap). 2020 looked to be a huge year for the band with multiple festival slots including the Great Escape, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend & more confirmed. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic these shows were cancelled and momentum for the band seemed to halt.
Not to be disheartened they used the lockdown period to write and record their follow up EP ‘A Feeling You Can’t Replace’. Written about their lives through the pandemic, multiple break-ups, and the struggles of daily life in isolation. Released in April 2021 ‘A Feeling You Can’t Replace’ was met with support from tastemakers including Jack Saunders Radio 1 'Tune of the Week', Radio X playlist, Music Crowns, Earmilk, GigGoer, CLOUT and more.
2021 is looking up for the band as they head out on their second headline tour this time playing 15 dates across the UK including shows in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol & Portsmouth. Tickets are on sale now.
"A very exciting prospect for the future, these guys could be your new favourite band" - Jack Saunders (BBC Radio 1).
“Flooded with nostalgic synths, a grooving bass-line and nuanced guitar, the band have woven together an irresistible tapestry of upbeat alt-pop" - Music Crowns
"One of the most creative and memorable emerging bands in the UK right now" - CLOUT