“No Label. No Backing. No Reytons!” is apparently what Yorkshire indie band The Reytons were told, but for the last few weeks, a pretty much sold-out arena tour kicks that opinion into the gutter. All this is coming off the back of their latest chart-topping album, What’s Rock And Roll?, which dropped earlier this year and took the UK by storm.
Joining the band on this headline run is North West indie-rock quartet The K’s, who, for the past twelve months, have erupted into the scene and are readying themselves for their debut album in 2024. Already playing some high-profile shows and earning the praise of the current headliners, The K’s are perfect indie fodder for this crowd. A bit gritty, full of energy and with some right earworms in their musical armoury, bands like the K’s are going to be spearheading an exciting era for British indie music in 2024.
It’s absolute bedlam on the floor as the Reytons strut out full of cocksure attitude, launching into their set. A band who are literally kicking the fuck out of the UK music scene on their terms, the Reytons can simply do no wrong.
It’s easy to see why as well. Battling your way from the stage to the back of the arena, one thing you’ll notice is how diverse this crowd is. From mums and dads to young kids to teenagers to grandparents, the Reytons have quite literally connected with all generations. Songs written about real life – growing up in tough council estates, getting pissed on payday, sex in grubby pub toilets, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, the Reytons have seen it all.
They wrap up these gritty, snotty indie anthems with the kind of tunes that you can mosh to as much as you can dance and sing along with. If you need evidence, a dose of tracks like “Red Smoke,” “Antibiotics,” “A Slice of Lime,” and “Uninvited” shows songs that are as lethal as they are perfect singalong Friday night anthems. In fact, there couldn’t have been a better setting for this end-of-tour finale than in a working-class town like Hull on a Friday night.
For all their bravado, though, the band are still humble about the reaction and seems truly surprised by the carnage unfolding in front of them. They might have no label and no backing, but anybody who writes off a band like the Reytons is an absolute fool. When the Rotherham lads return in 2024 to stick their collective middle fingers up at a music industry that has consistently written them off, they’ll be doing so armed with another number-one album and an army of fans like those who turned out in force for this tour.