As friends, Jack Cowap and James Deacon have been playing music together since they were kids, and formed a longstanding friendship, based on a mutual passion for songwriting and performance. After trying out a number of different bands and line ups, something always seemed to be missing… Until now.
Jack and James, combine their keen ear for melody and knack for huge harmonies with a wide range of musical influences to create snappy, genre-bending tunes: ranging from gritty to outright anthemic.
2017 has been an exciting year for the indie-pop duo who have released 11 singles since their debut track ‘Do What’ came out in January. Since then, you may have heard their music on ITV’s This Morning who featured their track ‘Rollercoaster’ alongside a VT of clothes chosen by well-renowned fashion expert, Gok Wan.
Rylands Heath finished the summer strongly having their song ‘Best Friend’ played on the BBC Introducing Beds, Herts and Bucks show hosted by Gareth Lloyd.
Rylands Heath songs have also twice been picked up by Spotify tastemakers who have added their tracks ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Skin’ to the popular ‘Fresh Finds: Six Strings’ playlist.
However, it was their second release ‘West Coast’ that caught the attention of Best of British Unsigned radio station who nominated it for Best Song at their annual Unsigned Music Awards which it won via public vote.
Aside from releasing music, the duo have a strong attachment to their hometown of Luton, with the band’s name originating from a road the boys used to drive past on their way to rehearsals. Rylands Heath have had strong support from their hometown, including regular plays at Luton Town FC on match days. It doesn’t end there as the boys have also played a couple of gigs in the area including a unique acoustic set in the towns biggest shopping centre, The Mall. Most recently, they supported indie-pop band, Marsicans at Edge.
This October saw the duo release their final track of year, Stop The Rain which is their biggest song to date with over 11k streams on Spotify in under 2 months.
With 2017 finishing with their biggest release to date, 2018 looks to be an even bigger year with new releases planned and an EP due out in the Summer, Rylands Heath are definitely a band in ascendency!