As Christmas approached and Covid chaos intensified, Sophie wrote Right Now, a song that defines the optimism of 2021. It’s a powerful, urgent and defiant anthem for anyone desperate to break out of their box.
Drawing on collective influences ranging from Blondie, PJ Harvey and Alanis to Caroline Polachek, Siouxsie and Radiohead, the Sheffield-based four-piece formed at music college in the spring of 2017 with Sophie (vocals and guitar), Chris Hill (drums), Toby Holmes (guitar) and Antonia Pooles (bass).
Whether it’s the Adolescence EP, Hypnotized or Right, the band’s releases are all unmistakably chapters of the same story. There’s a line in the band’s earlier song Monsters — “the future beckons you” — that brilliantly sums up the band’s ideology. Purpose and possibility lie at the heart of Sophie & The Giants’ music, and while the last year has shown us all the risks of making plans, there’s no doubt this band’s future is looking bright.