Joe Hatton is a distinctive new alt-folk/indie artist from Warrington in the North West of England. Formed in October 2017, He and his band have wasted no time in establishing a reputation for themselves, gigging extensively and beginning to make a real impact through the strength of their songwriting and the effectiveness of their live act.
Creatively they draw on an eclectic range of influences including various legendary bands and artists spread over many decades. They draw on the folkier side of Conor Oberst, and yet evoke elements of indie veterans The Coral and The Vaccines. The Beatles inevitably play a major part, particularly in the band’s inventive and tasteful use of harmonies in most songs. Bob Dylan, The La’s, Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones and Noel Gallagher have also been formative influences.
However the 5-piece have developed their own individualistic style which blends and blurs the lines between all of the above and adds something strikingly unique of their own. The band was formed within a group of existing friends, who all shared a huge passion for music. The line up is:
Joe Hatton (Guitar and Vocals)
Lindsay Hatton (Keys)
Matt Selma (Bass)
Dan Brown (Guitar)
Conor Lawrance (Drums)
As his hallmark, songwriter Joe Hatton always composes brutally honest, straight-to-the-point and sometimes highly opinionated lyrics. He explains that his motivation “stems from the daily grind and being at the bottom of the food chain”.
On record, Joe and his band use highly effective and accomplished instrumentation to bring out the real quality of the songwriting. Musical flourishes are deployed intelligently and in all the right places, with real passion and verve displayed throughout.