SINGLE REVIEW: The White Ribbons – Leftovers/S.O.P.H.I.E (self-released)

The White Ribbons are a four-piece punk band from Bradford/Manchester who were formed in mid-2017 when a jam session turned into something more permanent.

They take their name and actively support the global White Ribbon movement, which campaigns to end male violence against women.

Their first show was at the Morecambe Nice n Sleazy Punk/Ska Festival, where they play every year, and they have appeared twice at Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool.

This three-track CD is their second release, following last year’s self-titled three tracker, which you can listen to here.

It kicks off with the David Bowie-inspired Leftovers, which will strike a chord with anyone who’s lost a loved one. It’s a real grower, the sort of song which stops chatterers at gig (remember those?) in their tracks.

The vocals remind me a lot of Bowie himself and a little of Placebo (which is obviously a very good thing indeed), and the song builds beautifully into a heartfelt tribute.

The second track, S.O.P.H.I.E, is about Sophie Lancaster, a young goth woman who was kicked to death in a Lancashire park by a gang of teenagers for daring to look different.

The band have a close affiliation with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and the song is more urgent, set around a chugging guitar riff, and full of heartfelt anger and sorrow at the same time.

There’s a bonus track too, Social Work, Cats And Rocket Science, which is a more reflective tune about how people with different interests and from different backgrounds can get along.

The White Ribbons have only released half a dozen or so songs, but the good news is that a debut full-length is in the offing for 2021.

If you like melodic punk rock with a socially-conscious message, played with passion, they might just be your favourite new band.

Gary Welford owner