New four piece SHEIKH are set to release their debut single Fonda on the 16th of January 2015.
Originally formed in Bahrain the band are: Mazen Almaskati (Vocals), Vish Mhatre (Drums) and Rab Honar (Bass) and Jad Habib (Guitar). Taking influences from the likes of The Cure, Arcade Fire, Fleetwood Mac to Pink Floyd, their sound has been described as 'guitar driven psych rock' with a 'pop' influence.
Before moving to London, the band often performed in makeshift music venues and converted nightclubs in Bahrain, sharing the bill with metalheads and local Asian cover-version stars. This musical melting pot was set up by a handful of people who kickstarted the now upcoming local music scene and has produced artists such as Drake-signed Majid Jordan, Team Spirit, and London based compatriots Flamingods.
Fonda which was produced by Grammy winning Ian Dowling (Jungle, Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish & The Bottlemen). The single is based on themes of escapism and collectivism and was written and produced at Eve Studios in the Manchester countryside. Eve Studios is three story house filled with an array of vintage equipment such as tape-delays and soviet-era unbranded guitar pedals, which were use in the recording of the single.
Fonda is set for release on the 16th January 2015, with live date on the 9th of December at the Old Blue Last.