Vermillion Tides

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Vermillion Tides are an English psychedelic indie rock band from Halifax, formed in 2015 by guitarist and songwriter Blair Murray, vocalist Natalie Cooper-Bates and drummer James Newsome. Before deciding to start his own band, Blair drummed with acts as varied as Nashville country singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell and Manchester bands Twisted Wheel and Marion. Blair had also played alongside Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpets) this is where he met Andrew Tarling who had been playing guitar for Tom Hingley and The Lovers along with Steve and Paul Hanley ex members from The Fall. Knowing Andrews capabilities it was certain he would be a great fit to join Blair in the reformed Marion on guitar as well as Vermillion Tides on bass. Whilst on tour with Twisted Wheel, Blair was introduced to Natalie, who at the time was the singer for the Leeds based band The Black Isle and since then the two have been in a relationship. After seeing her perform with her band, Blair and James asked her to join Vermillion Tides.

Since forming, Vermillion Tides have been working in the recording studio with bass player Andy McKinlay and producers Andy McKerlie (guitarist and piano/organ player on the Folks album I See Cathedrals and bass player for Marion) and Yves Altana (producer and session musician for Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), DeStijl, Julie Gordon (Happy Mondays), Mark Burgess (The Chameleons) and I Am Kloot.’

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