Meadowlark are Kate McGill (vocals & keys) and Dan Broadley (guitars). Prior to the band, Kate had clocked up tens of millions of views on YouTube for her catalogue of covers. She released an album, had tracks played on Radio 2, and spent a summer in Los Angeles writing with various renowned hitmakers. Dan, meanwhile, was playing in various rock bands and earning a reputation as a great director having made videos with the likes of Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis and Mallory Knox. But Kate was feeling drastically unfulfilled, worried she was only going to be known for covering other people’s songs when she had so many of her own waiting for an audience. Dan, meanwhile, musical tastes changing and growing all the time, was lumbered with bandmates that would neither shift their focus or gig further than 10 miles from home. Something had to give. With both Dan and Kate hailing from Plymouth, a town with a relatively small music scene, it’s little surprise they already knew of each other.
Now living in Bristol, Kate speculatively contacted Dan wondering if he might be interested in collaborating. Sure enough he was, and soon after she was driving down to the south coast, where, after drinking a fair amount of wine to calm her nerves, they started jamming. Both enthuse how natural that first meeting was, and from then on, they’ve known working together was the right thing to be doing. Despite the advice of those around them claiming to know better, Kate and Dan threw themselves into it and Meadowlark was born.
‘Paraffin’, ‘Quicksand’, and ‘Headlights’ all offer a taster of what to expect from the duo’s anticipated debut album which is set to arrive in early 2017. These singles follow the success of Meadowlark’s early track, ‘Eyes Wide’, which was added to BBC Radio 1’s Introducing playlist, XFM’s evening playlist and featured on Hype Machine’s Top 20. Since then, the band have had songs soundtrack Vampire Diaries and Made in Chelsea, they’ve performed on Glastonbury’s Introducing stage, and have performed at numerous industry showcases including the Great Escape and MAMA festival in Paris and more.