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Headline: Straight from Shipley, West Yorkshire, Least We Got Shoes delivers a genuine, unpolished sound they’ve dubbed ‘boxcar rock‘. Blending rock, bluegrass, Americana, and genres beyond, their music captures the spirit of their working-class roots. Frontman Wayne Frear’s raw, honest lyrics, reminiscent of Johnny Cash, are complemented by Ben Martin‘s (B.D.) blues-infused guitar, bassist Andy Parkinson‘s hands-on spirit, and drummer Johnny C‘s eclectic beats. Their debut album is a tapestry of real-life tales and free-spirited adventures, resonating with anyone who’s ever felt on the outside. Least We Got Shoes is the group’s mouthpiece for talking about life on the edge, imploring you to grapple with harsh truths shared under the night’s open sky.

Location: Shipley, United Kingdom
Genre: Alternative/Boxcar Rock
FFO: Coming Soon

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Least We Got Shoes | Boxcar Rock from Shipley Working Class blokes from West Yorkshire 

Blues & Rock & Folk & Americana & more

Latest album drop link below

#BoxcarRock #LeastWeGotShoes

Emerging from West Yorkshire, Least We Got Shoes crafts ‘boxcar rock’ – a blend of gritty life stories and heartfelt melodies. Led by Wayne Frear and flanked by Ben Martin, Andy Parkinson, and Rob Mills, their music resonates with resilience, grit, and determination, appealing .

Straight from Shipley, West Yorkshire, Least We Got Shoes delivers a genuine, unpolished sound they’ve dubbed ‘boxcar rock‘. Blending rock, bluegrass, Americana, and genres beyond, their music captures the spirit of their working-class roots. Frontman Wayne Frear’s raw, honest lyrics, reminiscent of Johnny Cash, are complemented by Ben Martin‘s (B.D.) blues-infused guitar, bassist Andy Parkinson‘s hands-on spirit, and drummer Johnny C‘s eclectic beats. Their debut album is a tapestry of real-life tales and free-spirited adventures, resonating with anyone who’s ever felt on the outside. Least We Got Shoes is the group’s mouthpiece for talking about life on the edge, imploring you to grapple with harsh truths shared under the night’s open sky.

Hailing from the hardworking streets of Shipley, West Yorkshire, Least We Got Shoes is a band steeped in authenticity. Their music, a gritty fusion they call ‘boxcar rock‘, blends rock, bluegrass, Americana, and dashes of metal and punk, creating a sound as true to their roots as the ground beneath their feet.

 

Frontman Wayne Frear embodies the band’s spirit. His lyrics, drawn from his own life, are honest and unfiltered, echoing the likes of Johnny Cash in his straightforward take on life’s absurdities. Ben Martin, or B.D., brings a bluesy depth to their sound, influenced by his working-class upbringing and shaped by legends like Eric Clapton and B.B. King.

 

Bassist Andy Parkinson, a fellow Shipley native, swapped his mechanic tools for the bass guitar, now running two local music venues. His journey echoes the self-made path of musicians like Bruce Springsteen. Drummer Johnny C adds an eclectic beat, with a background as varied as their music, drawing on influences from family trips to the Himalayas to the raw energy of The Clash.

 

Together, these four musicians have created an album that’s a mix of real-life tales and larger-than-life adventures. Their songs capture the essence of freedom-seeking drifters, the resilience of cowboys, and the audacity of Vegas’s night owls. It’s music for the wanderers, the rebels, and anyone who’s ever felt on the outskirts of the mainstream.

 

Least We Got Shoes isn’t just playing songs; they’re narrating stories from the fringes of life. They invite listeners to join them in embracing the raw, unpolished truths of existence, shared through the powerful rhythm of ‘boxcar rock’. Their music is a call to the wild, a homage to the spirit of those who walk their own path, resonating with the heartbeat of working-class Shipley and beyond.

From Shipley in West Yorkshire comes Least We Got Shoes, a band that’s as real as it gets. These guys aren’t just making music; they’re reflecting the life they know – tough, unpolished, and true to their working-class roots. Their name says it all. It’s not just a catchy phrase; it’s a nod to their no-frills approach to life and music. It’s about getting by with what you have, even if that’s just a sturdy pair of shoes on your feet.

 

Wayne Frear, the band’s founder, lyricist, and frontman, is a straightforward guy from Shipley. His approach to music reflects his life’s experiences – raw and unfiltered. During the lockdown, Wayne’s home transformed into a creative hub where, armed with his guitar and a lifetime of stories, he wrote songs that take a page out of Johnny Cash’s book for his unapologetic musing on the absurdity of life and death.

 

Ben Martin, known as B.D., joined Wayne after a connection at Prospect Studios. Picking up the guitar relatively late at 18, Ben’s style brings a depth influenced by his upbringing, similar to the soulful blues of Eric Clapton, but with a working-class twist.

 

Andy Parkinson, the bassist and another native of Shipley, transitioned from a trade mechanic to running two local music venues under one roof. His journey mirrors the self-made ethos of artists like Bruce Springsteen, blending a passion for music with a hands-on approach to life.

 

Johnny C, the drummer, brings a diverse background to the band. From a Catholic family near Doncaster, his eclectic musical exposure and colorful life, including an adventurous trip to the Himalayas, add a unique flair to the band’s rhythm section, reminiscent of the versatile styles of bands like The Clash.

 

Coming together, the band members’ diverse backgrounds and experiences melded to create their debut album. It’s a product of their shared journey, capturing the spirit of railway hobos, the resilience of cowboys, and the audacious charm of Vegas drifters. Each track tells a story, reflecting their observations of life from the lens of working-class Shipley.

 

Least We Got Shoes brings a unique sound they call ‘boxcar rock’, mixing up a bunch of different styles. They’ve got bits of rock and roll, bluegrass, Americana, and roots, with a dash of metal and punk thrown in for good measure. It’s kind of like what you’d get if Tom Waits and The Pogues had a jam session – raw and full of energy. ‘Boxcar rock’ is their way of capturing the spirit of being free and a bit rebellious, like the drifters and railway hobos from the old days, but with a modern twist.

 

Their tunes have a bit of that bright, edgy feel you find in Las Vegas. It’s the kind of music that keeps you guessing, full of surprises. But at the end of the day, their songs are grounded in the real-life experiences of where they’re from, with all the straightforward, no-nonsense attitude that comes with it.

 

Least We Got Shoes connects with anyone who likes their music genuine and unpretentious. Their songs, a mix of different life stories, really speak to those who aren’t afraid to step off the beaten path. Their music hits home for anyone who’s ever felt like a bit of an outsider, showing just how music can bring people together, no matter where they’re from. They’re inviting everyone to come along for the ride, to share in the stories that strike a chord with anyone who knows what it’s like to face life head-on, without any frills.

 

Least We Got Shoes makes music that’s as straight-talking as a shout across the moors.. Their songs are fodder for wanderers and dreamers, much like a train rolling through the night. They tap into that feeling of being on the move, seeking something more under the open sky – a bit like the life of a lone cowboy, tough and determined.

 

Their music also has the energy and unpredictability you’d find on a night out in Vegas. It’s like taking a fast-paced stroll down the Strip, with all its lights and thrills. The band’s roots in West Yorkshire give their songs an edge, blending stories of hope and struggle with a sense of freedom that’s raw and real. They’re speaking to those who’ve ever felt like breaking away from the norm. In their own way, they’re a voice for the underdogs, the ones who march to the beat of their own drum.

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Lines on my face like tracks in the dirt. Scars up my soul like roads through the earth. My bones they creak like trees in the wind. Yesterday’s gone but you never give in.
-Wayne Frear
Life can be tuff and life can be hard. It sometimes feels like playing chess in the dark.
-Wayne Frear
Take nothing for granted cos one day it’s gone. Regretting the arguments you thought you’d won.
-Wayne Frear

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