Hicari – ‘Don’t Stop (For the Red Light)’


We’re massive fans of bands with memorable names and Hicari fit the bill perfectly. We don’t often come across new synthy-pop rock bands but when we do it seems it’s worth the wait.

Based in Liverpool, the quintet released their first track ‘Don’t Stop (For The Red Light)’ which has since received plays on BBC Introducing along with 1,500 plays across Soundcloud within the first three weeks.

When we listen to ‘Don’t Stop (For The Red Light)’ we’re hit with a wave of synths which continue to build, but fade away as the dual vocals of Shayaan Oshidar and Ryan Bickley. Both flaunt different strengths with Oshidar’s delicate efforts providing reflection times with since lyrics including ‘take every chance, don’t back down’ whilst Bickley’s contrast with a stronger twang. We love dual vocals especially when used effectively as Hicari have perfected how to do. On arrival of the chorus we’re hooked with this track as the repetitive backline gets underneath the skin as we find ourselves bopping along to the infectious beat.

We’re absolutely hooked with this pop-rock track with lashings of synths providing an excellent summer soundtrack!

Find out more and to keep up to date check out their official Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook page.


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