Rising Essex trio Bilk take to the stage at Louis Tomlinson’s Away From Home festival at Crystal Palace Bowl today alongside The Snuts and Louis himself. Brinkwire’s Rory McKeown caught up with frontman Sol Abrahams to find out why they’re causing such a buzz…
If you want your tunes jam-packed with attitude and gritty, relatable tales of rowdy night outs and heartbreak, look further than rising Essex trio Bilk.
The Louis Tomlinson-approved act are quickly making a name for themselves with their spiky brand of alternative pop-punk and rap that’s earned them praise from a host of music outlets.
Today Bilk, consisting of frontman Sol Abrahams, bassist Luke Hare, and drummer Harry Gray, play in front of 8,500 people at the Crystal Palace Bowl for the Away From Home Festival alongside The Snuts and the former One Direction star himself, who personal curated the event.
Their new EP Allow It, out now via Scruff of the Neck, touches upon an array of gritty themes including unemployment and toxic masculinity over their fierce and diverse output, inspired by everything from Nirvana and early Green Day to The Streets and hip-hop.
After forming in 2015, there’s now a real buzz surrounding Sol and co. Their live shows are riotous affairs, culminating in being named as one of the six acts you must see at the Great Escape Festival by Clash Magazine.
“There’s been ups and downs”, Sol told Brinkwire. “We’ve had many times where we’ve felt like giving up and like no ones really paying attention but we’ve just carried on and stuck at it and people are starting to notice now.”
With a UK tour scheduled for December, 2021 is set to be the year Bilk make a major dent in the UK scene and beyond.
Brinkwire’s Rory McKeown caught up with Sol to talk about their formation, their influences, their Away From Home festival slot, and their Allow It EP.
Hi Sol. How would you sum up the past 12 months for Bilk?
“Loads has happened. We signed our first record deal with Scruff of the Neck, we played two sold out home town shows at Hot Box on the day gigs came back, we’ve played a few festivals and in between all that we’ve been releasing new music.”
You’re supporting Louis Tomlinson and The Snuts at The Away From Home Festival in Crystal Palace Bowl on August 30. How did the slot come about? How much are you. Brinkwire presents summary news.