Welcome To The Social Room

There’s a plethora of indie rock sounds coming out of the north east region in recent times and Sunderland-based six-piece, Social Room, are firmly adding themselves to that list.  
Consisting of vocalist Matty Smith, guitarists Adam Potts and Simon Bewick, bassist Alex Gunn, drummer Adam ‘Sticks’ Jefferson and keys specialist Chris Leonard the lads finish 2016 with an unexpected, but welcomed, Ubeat award nomination for ‘Best Band,’ where they face some stiff competition.
Forming just last year, this was their first summer doing festivals, an occasion they used to show themselves on the bigger stage. Now though they are in need of keep the momentum going and, with the following they have already gathered in their native Sunderland, they can build towards a productive, progressive future in the music industry.
Now, as they prepare for their fourth single, and second single launch with Be Forever Mine (at Independent, Sunderland on December 17),Social Room are preparing themselves for the next step in their music journey, and as friends it’s a one they’re looking forward to doing.
“Matt (vocalist) and I have known each for years and I went to college with one of the other lads,” began guitarist Adam Potts.
“We’ve all known each other through mates and, as we’re not getting any younger, thought we’d give it the best shot we could.
“It was difficult to start off with as well but we had a great debut year (two gigs at Newcastle’s O2 Academy and a successful first single launch at Independent are testament to that) so we’re now just looking at keeping things going, getting that momentum on our side and, with our own place we can just go for it without distraction.”

Be Forever Mine comes fast on the heels of tracks like Let Me See You Work It, and SR7, their debut single and provides that mix that has already seen them likened to artists such as the Arctic Monkeys and the Stereophonics whilst stating influences of Kasabian and the Rolling Stones.
“We’re enjoying it and lucky that we have built up a really good fan base already,” continued Adam.
“When we released the single on video it had something like 1700 views in just 12 hours and over 3500 by the end of the week which was crazy; although we got a little worried to begin with when we noticed the likes and shares on social media but that it had had only ten views (time lapses can do that with technology).
“We’re lucky to know the people that we do though and they’ve been a great help, more so with the videos we’ve released. Now though the focus is firmly on the single launch and we’re hoping that we can sell this out just as we did last year.
“That was probably the best gig we’ve done so far and the atmosphere in there is amazing, then we can look at next year where we’re hoping to focus on gigs and festivals on the road some more, get our name out there.”
Describing their music as being soaring “melodies underpinned by dance induced rock and roll beats.” Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @SocialRoomBand.

Sirens Prepare To Make Noise

Newcastle-based all-female trio, Scream of Sirens, are a rock band out to make a lot of noise and show that, in the words of their latest single, they are going to ‘Get Some.’

Fronted by vocalist Steph Dawson and flanked by Ruth Cranston (guitar and vocals) and Emma Anderson (drums and vocals), the trio only recently came into the scene in their current form late last year and are presently making announcements aplenty regarding singles, signing with a publishing company, and enlisting the guidance of a Media & PR specialist.

“We were approached by Wipe Out Music Publishing’s John Esplen as they were very interested in what we’ve been doing,” began Ruth.

“He’d heard our single ‘Get Some’ on BBC Introducing and liked the differing styles which we offer (in comparison to other clients they have). They’ve already got a good, varied roster so we are definitely looking forward to working with them.

“Our EP, Scream, which was released earlier this year, has been signed over to them and we’ve been afforded plenty of options to work with them in the future which is great for us.”

That EP contains tracks such as ‘Let You Go’ and ‘Get Some’ which came fast on the back of a debut show which saw them supporting Cherie Currie, the voice of The Runaways, putting them straight into the mix and which had Currie saying afterwards: “You rock, great band, keep it up!”

In the twelve months ‘Scream’ has done just that, screamed at the rock-loving public meaning they are looking at more, and sooner than later, Ruth adding: “Both the EP and the single, ‘Get Some’ has been going down really well which is amazing for us, we’re delighted they done as well as they have.

“The single, ‘Let You Go,’ has been done for a video now which will be released in the next few weeks and we’re hoping we can get another one out before the end of the year, after that, and a few gigs, we’ll take a little time to finalise the album which comes out later next year.”

Whilst planning their album for 2017 this year for Scream of Sirens will finish with October finales at the Vintage Rock Bar in Doncaster, and at the Blazing Rag in Mossley, and the possibility of two regional shows just for good measure.

You can follow Scream of Sirens on Facebook and Twitter @scream_sirens.