All bands have to start somewhere. Most don’t get past the local stage and fewer still get to boast about selling out one of the biggest venues in their hometown, months before the gig. Then again, most bands aren’t The Reytons.
Born under a Sheffield sky with a penchant for pubs, pints and pandemonium, the past two years have been a whirlwind for the South Yorkshire four-piece. From an opening slot for Glass Caves, to a chaotic sell-out show at the 2100 O2 Academy Sheffield, they show little sign of slowing down.
It’s not just the sweaty stages of Sheffield that have welcomed the band however, the first UK tour was a complete sell-out, with Reyton Fever spreading as far North as Glasgow, a city that welcomed the band with open arms before abducting lead guitarist Joe O’Brien and making him one of their own. While every bit a band one needs to see live, over 2 million streams on Spotify says there’s more to the indie upstarts than their chaotic live shows, something backed up by most recent single ‘Retro Emporium’, a track released in December, along with music video starring Alice Barry (Shameless UK) which closes out the band’s year in a fine fashion.
Very few bands can claim to have done what the Reytons have done. In two short years they’ve won over an army and proven all the naysayers wrong. What they have in store over the next two years? You’ll just have to sign up.