• Heather McAleavy

Introducing: Saints Among Us

Yorkshire-via-Manchester four-piece Saints Among Us are unmatched on their local scenes, and here’s why.

Fronted by lead vocalist Maddy Chesman, along with guitarist Brad Waggott, bassist Leila Sumner and drummer Adam Waggott, Saints Among Us originally formed in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster. Over the last few years, they’ve released a handful of arena-ready releases, mixed up members and uprooted to Manchester. Taking inspiration from the likes of Thirty Seconds To Mars, You Me At Six and Young Guns, Saints Among Us have created an anthemic alt-rock sound that deserves recognition.

In 2018, they released their debut EP Broken World, featuring seven enigmatic tracks, including a re-recording of debut single Crimson and a spine-tingling orchestral rendition of already ambient fifth track Home. This was a strong introduction to their melodic rock vision, made up of of Chesman’s mesmerising vocals (reminiscent of Lynn Gunn of Pvris) soaked in enchanting riffs, prominent drum patterns and atmospheric production.

A year later, follow-up All On Black came in full force. Armed with more brilliantly scored production and well-composed instrumentation, RGM Magazine quite rightly rated it a stunning 10/10, praising the “really powerful and emotive collection of songs” and even drew comparisons to Linkin Park.

The latter part of 2019 brought the sensitive single Falling, which focuses on mental health. It came paired with a dark music video, directed by Matthew Mason, which matches the bleakness of the lyrics. This release saw the band continue to develop and avoid the stagnancy alt-rock can often fall into as they found balance within their signature production-heavy sound. By toning it down, it enhances the lyrics and allows heavier riffs and faster rhythms to cut through and build more on pure emotive power.

Continuing with this, 2020 is certainly starting out to be a successful year for them as they dropped their most streamed song to date. It’s an enticing cover of Billie Eilish’s James Bond track No Time To Die with the SAU twist that has already amassed almost 10K plays of Spotify in less than two weeks!

Despite their move over the Pennines, the four-piece have also kept to the Yorkshire roots of its original members. They’ve been supported by BBC Introducing Sheffield and Humberside, as well as performed at Doncaster Pride and won the Hull Star Search award and came first place in Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Outstanding Artist/Band category.

Saints Among Us will play Night People, Manchester in October and O2 Academy Sheffield in November. Tickets on sale here.

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