“South-coast four-piece Hercules Morse worship at the twin altars of the riff and the groove, and such devotion has paid off handsomely.” - Rock Sound Magazine
After forming in late 2014, Hercules Morse released their debut EP in December 2015 and received a host of superlative reviews; notably KKKK (4 out of 5) in Kerrang Magazine and 8/10 in Rock Sound Magazine. Their consistently excellent level of song-writing was demonstrated by the fact that 5 of the 6 tracks on the EP received airplay from Kerrang Radio and the BBC (6 music and BBC introducing).
The band combine the groove-based riffs of stoner / desert rock, the energy and audacity of classic British rock and the melodic focus of contemporary alternative rock to create something altogether distinct. Reviewers frequently laud them as a British hybrid of The Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age.
They balance their ability to craft exemplary tunes and tendency to rip up stages along the South Coast with their quiet self-assurance, typical British humbleness and a lack of pretension. Mighty riffs are carved over driving bass grooves with lavish guitar licks and catchy vocal lines, creating ferocious sonic beasts immersed in melody.
Their lyrical content is often tongue-in-cheek, reflecting the band's preference for substance over self-importance. As Rock Sound magazine aptly stated “good songs take precedence over trite stylistics”.
They have been fortunate enough to share stages with Turbowolf, Band of Skulls, Brant Bjork (former Kyuss drummer), Tiger Cub, Orange Goblin and Dinosaur Pile Up. They have also appeared on bills with Calvin Harris, The Go Team, Tynchy Stryder and The Streets.
In 2016 the band are supporting Radio One DJ Huw Stephens, Post-hardcore behemoths Black Peaks and former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley.
In Hercules Morse’s brief time so far they have raised hell (which to them, is Southampton) with a critically acclaimed EP, countless blistering live shows and recording a live session for BBC Introducing. New music is ready and waiting for release in Summer 2016.
Building on the success of their first release, the band look set to continue their march towards becoming a household name in the world of rock 'n' roll.
“Stoney, Deserty rock 'n' roll with glistening licks, thumping rhythms and a chorus that throws me personally right back to a time of sitting out in skate parks listening to grunge and punk and drinking Mad Dog 20/20 in the sunshine. Good times!” Alex Baker, Kerrang Radio
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