Profile: Imp

Imp are an Indie Pop quintet hailing from Wakefield. Performing an endearing blend of melodious Pop mixed with alternative Lo-Fi, the band are beginning to establish themselves in the music world through relentless gigging and feel-good songs.

Formed in 2009, Imp have been featured on XFM and Amazing radio - known for their support of up and coming artists and new music - as well as BBC radio. And as I listen to their songs, It's exactly the kind of thing that Amazing radio producers (and listeners) would lap up! Their sound is refreshing but carries with it the credibility of the Wakefield/Yorkshire music scene (The Cribs, Arctic Monkeys, Reverend And The Makers, Pulp etc).

Imp describe themselves as "Habitual popsters practicing a riff heavy-pop chime with hi-deluxe vocal melodies attempting to blend melodious guitar based Americana slacker with keyboard driven chord progression". What's not to like about that?

In 2009 imp released the split EP The Heartfelt with fellow Wakefield band Jeremiah. This was followed in 2010 by their 5 track debut, their Just Destroyer EP, produced by Rob Slater (of The Spills), which gained them repeated plays on Amazing Radio for the tracks 16 Years and Birdfeud.

In 2011, Imp recorded their second EP, Sewerpop! (How The Castle Was Formed) (which you can listen to below) through Philophobia Music, again produced by Slater. Taking on a more experimental stance, the EP builds on their past material while still focusing on their compelling guitar pop appreciation.

The second track on the EP, Back From Battle has a real Americana feel to it, harking back to the 60's surf rock kind of sound with elements of the Lo-Fi garage rock style, particularly the multiple-voice tracked vocals, bringing a sense of playfulness.

Last year also saw the band play the Long Division Festival, as well as supporting the likes of Punk outfit, Eagulls, Hey Sholay and Blacklisters. 2012 continues to be a success for Imp, with plans to record their debut album at Greenmount Studios this summer, and some headline shows supporting Strange Boys, Middleman and H Hawkline. They'll also return to the Long Divison festival, and will play a set at this year's Beacons Festival, too.

So if you like the sound of Imp, why not catch them at some of their upcoming shows and connect with them here: