Back at the tail end of 2019, everything was falling into place for Cardiff quartet HIMALAYAS. They were making huge strides forward: a rabid following was forming off the back of their thrilling live shows, which had taken in appearances at SXSW and Reading and Leeds festivals, Radio 1 had got on board and a host of promising early singles suggested a new rock force was emerging, songs that showcased HIMALAYAS’ blend of razor-sharp hooks, muscular, melodious riffs and urgent, rhythmic propulsion. Something about the captivating anthems being created by Joe Williams (lead singer and guitarist), Mike Griffiths (lead guitarist and vocalist), Louis Heaps (bass) and James Goulbourn (drums) was beginning to connect in a big way. Their 2017 single Thank God I’m Not You, which has had over thirty million plays on Spotify (where the band have almost 350,00 monthly listeners), had laid the groundwork and now the band were getting ready for a big step up.