Credit: Jody Evans

North London sextet Tenderhost have released their highly anticipated debut EP “The Tin”.

Formed in 2021 by songwriter/composer Gabriel Levy, he guides his new ensemble – made up of: Tara Cunningham (guitar), Jonny Wickham (bass), Nat Philipps (saxophone), Nathan Ridley (drums), and Alex Parry (keys) – through a highly authored exploration in tension, confession and chronic unease. As composer and band leader, he drifts freely between the sonorous and the eerie, his songs delighting in their narrative unpredictability.

To mark the announcement, the band have shared a new track from the EP titled “After A Good While”. Diverging from the menacing and frenetic early releases taken from the EP so far, the new song finds the band leaning further into their cinematic noir-inflected sound, which is smattered with moments of hopeful uplift with ethereal backing vocals and eerily tender sax and piano lines.

Talking about the track and the new EP, Levy says, “After A Good While was written as a means of coming to terms with feeling content in my own company. The pressure to be present, funny or interesting in social scenarios can cause a lot of anxiety, and for some the fear of missing out doesn’t allow you to withdraw. I wanted to highlight in a playful way that wanting to be on your own shouldn’t always be seen as negative, rather constructive; and that there are others who feel the same.”


“After A Good While” is the third track to be taken from Tenderhost’s EP “The Tin”. Earlier this year the band debuted their fist single “The Descent”. The sinister and theatrical track saw the band unpacking Levy’s experiences with agoraphobia and social anxiety in real time, combining quivering strings, tumbling bass and a menacing vocal to create a track trapped between The Heart of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning at the Village Vanguard. The track was much anticipated following a very short run of live dates, and saw Tenderhost earn plaudits from the likes of DIY, CRACK, So Young, The Most Radicalist and more.


Single artwork by Chloe Webster and Grace Richardson

Following “The Descent”, the band went on to release a second single “My House”, which saw the band expand further on their unique and idiosyncratic template, with frenzied big band-esque horns, piano stabs and booming drums before landing softly at the feet of Levy in what is their most intimate and introspective outing to date. 


Single artwork by Chloe Webster and Grace Richardson

The debut EP “The Tin” continues to exemplify the band’s dynamic interplay in constant, thrilling flux. This is music born in the twilight hours, Levy’s tales blend elements of post-rock and no-wave into a simmer of discontent, merging the blues with a classical jazz sensibility. 

“The Tin” marks Tenderhost’s first step out of calignosity, bringing with them all of the surreal foreboding and mystery of the city after dark in an inimitable blend of timbre and styles. With a string of early acclaim behind them despite only having just two songs out and a very short run live shows to their name, the band are an excitingly refreshing prospect to behold.

In addition to the new single / EP, Tenderhost will also play a number of live dates and festivals over the coming months. Full live dates are as follows:

18th May – Sebright Arms w/ Treeboy & Arc
29th July – Deershed Festival, Thirsk
19th – 21st August – Green Man Festival, Powys
24th August – Moth Club, London w/ Cola