Ben Thorpe, a 23 year old singer songwriter, a drummer turned guitarist and songsmith, writes honest and powerful acoustic indie, raw and personal takes on universal themes that paint pictures of life in the sweeping fields and sandy edges of his Cornwall home. Influenced by Alex Turner and Julian Casablancas, Ben takes a natural place in the lineage of Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith and Ed Sheeran.
Born in Lancashire and raised in the southwest, Ben’s introduction to music came from a very early age when learning an instrument was compulsory at his secondary school. Originally a woodwind player, Ben fell in love with percussion and for a good four years spent his evenings just drumming away.
After gigging as a drummer in various punk bands, Ben started writing his owns songs. “I found it came naturally. Irrespective of chords of theory, writing has always been about the rhythm and feeling for me, in a very punk rock way.”
With frequent air play on BBC Introducing and local radio, Ben is making a name for himself on the southwest scene. Ben is set to release a string of singles on The Animal Farm label during the summer of 2016.
Ben has been playing music live since the age of 14 and clocked up over 150 gigs as a solo artist.
Here’s some stuff people said about him…
“Ben manages to both emulate his influences and peers, and refine his sound into one that singles him out from the rest of the pack”
“The vocals fall somewhere between the sneer and snarl of Arctic Monkey’ Alex Turner and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas”
“His honest lyrics and passionate performances indicate an artist singing from the soul”
NEW EP, ‘NUMB’, OUT NOW (AUGUST 2016)!
Listen to the first single, ‘Raki’, here:
Purchase/ Stream the whole EP here: