HYPED as ones to watch, Sound of Rum will give Wearside audiences the chance to pass judgment tomorrow night.
The group, led by rapper Kate Tempest, play Independent’s The Little Room tomorrow night fresh from the release of debut album Balance.
Born from a background of alternative hip-hop, jazz, breakbeat and classical literature, the three-piece released its album on Radio 1 DJ, Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label.
The band – which also consists of guitarist Archie Marsh and drummer Ferry Lawrenson – met at a South London squat party in 2008 and has since earned plaudits for its unique sound from the likes of Roots Manuva, Jamie Woon and Scroobius Pip.
At the helm, Kate has been writing poetry since childhood, eventually breaking into the male dominated-world of hip hop rap battling.
Fellow hip-hopper Scroobius Pip said: “It astounds me. Her writing is epic, her delivery piercing, and with the addition of her band, Sound of Rum, her potential is realised. Inspirational.”
l Sound of Rum play The Little Room, Independent, on Holmeside tomorrow from 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from www.seetickets.com and HotRats on Stockton Road, Sunderland.