WHO WE ARE.
A Quick Bio
Comprising of Lead Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist Ben Bubear, Lead Guitarist Jimi Cook, Bass Player Paul Pugh and Drummer Neil Kenton, Candidates are an original Indie Rock n Roll band based in Milton Keynes, England.
The band came together with a desire for new beginnings, clicking from the very first note of the very first rehearsal, amassing an impressive total of over 40 live shows in only their first year. There is a close family culture both within the band and amongst their loyal supporters that you can just ‘feel’ when you experience them live.
With a new line up for 2020, Candidates are now all about pushing the band to the next level and creating songs that reach deep into the depths of humanity and shake the very foundations of your soul. With contagious lead guitar riffs, intricate and powerful bass lines, soaring vocals and hard hitting drum beats, Candidates is a force to be reckoned with.
The band have enjoyed great support from local radio stations to Milton Keynes such as MKFM, CRMK and Radio LaB 97.1FM, but perhaps more notably being featured regularly on BBC Introducing Northampton, and even being asked on to the show for the full hour in June 2018 as they discussed their staggering progress in such a relatively short time in comparison to their peers.
In March 2018, Candidates supported 90s Indie favourites Space at Oxfords O2 Academy, and then went on to secure triumphant festival performances at Silverstone Woodlands (both F1 and Moto GP weekends), Penn Fest and TribFest as the band marched on, touring a collection of songs that would bring their audiences to move their feet and forget the monotonous aggro of daily life
Ben has a sheer passion for performing and comes from a classic Rock'N'Roll background.
JAMES (JIMI) COOK
Jimi is the guy who comes up with the catchy hooks that get stuck in your head for weeks! To say this man can play the guitar is an understatement!
Paul is a one of a kind bass player. His years of experience show in every note he plays and he has been referred to quite simply as "god like"
They say you know a stage is level when a drummer is dribbling out of BOTH sides of his mouth.... well this guy keeps us all on a level! Not only is he an amazing drummer he is a truly down to earth guy!
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"These guys are amazing!!"
-LAL MUTTOCK, BBC INTRODUCING, NORTHAMPTON
"What a band, what a TUNE!!!!"
-DANIEL WYLIE, COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS
"Check this out. Tuneful guitar music with a bit of power... an edge to it...and tuneful"
-MAZ, ALIAS KID (MANCHESTER INDIE ROCK N ROLL BAND)
"Proper band, proper people and proper rock n roll!"