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Twister Welcome OffPeak!

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Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the third announcement being the addition of another Durham band, OffPeak.

Consisting of brothers Jamie and Robbie Pick (vocals & guitar respectively), Kier Hutchinson (bass), Kurtis Sumpton (rhythm guitar), and Jackson Raw (drums), the lads from Esh Winning releasing their EP, Told You So, their second, at the turn of the year with a sold out gig at Durham University’s SU.

“We started just over three years ago and weren’t even a band” began Jamie.

“It was more a few lads having fun until we realised we actually sounded good, then it just went from there.

“The first video, for Stay the Same, was released in early 2015 then we had an EP launch shortly after at the O2 Academy, which we sold out. After that we went touring a little and we’re just doing things off our own back and enjoying it, that’s why we do it.”

Robbie added: “We’ve had a base in Durham though since we started out and we religiously continue to use that.

“We’ve tried really hard to chase the dream but not to forget as to what we’re doing it for so just have to go for it and see what happens.

“The EP was recorded last year with Ben Jones at Wood Cottage Studios (Hartlepool), they’re amazing and would recommend to anyone.

“After that we’ll be taking stock and doing some more writing building towards launching something in November/December; we have the material to do so and we’ll look at keeping the gigs more northerly to increase our fan base.”

Now, with the support of Twister just around the corner for the Valley lads it’s certainly a case of onwards and upwards.

The EP launch was the perfect platform into 2017 and, whilst looking to do similar this time around as the momentum grows, in and out of the studio.

“The launch was really good and it got the year off to the perfect start,” continued Jamie.

“We have maintained the momentum we began with and the rest of the year will see us recording an EP in September and having a single launch night at Think Tank on Saturday 25 November.

“That will then be follows by releasing the EP in early 2018.

“First though we have Sunday at the Academy which we are absolutely buzzing about; to be given this opportunity by Twister we’d like to thank them, we really appreciate it.”

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry (£8 on the door) and £11 VIP are available direct from OffPeak, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow OffPeak’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter and they’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.

Steel City rock stars heading to the Music Lounge

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After a slow but steady rise, Sheffield’s anthemic indie rockers, Sabella, are starting to make a name for themselves on the national music scene.

Heading to Stockton and The Music Lounge on April 22, an event which includes Teesside newcomers Unspoken, and Singapore Safehouse frontman, Jacob Lynch, the Sheffield quartet are preparing to be a name to be reckoned with.

Consisting of Jake Godfrey (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Tony Sutcliffe (lead guitar and songwriter), Joe Mirfin (bass), and Rob Neal (drums), Sabella have so far released three EP’s entitled Life You’ve Been Waiting For, The Calling, and most recently, Time to Leave with their latest single, Hard Enough, proving a massive hit for fans across the country.

It’s hard to think that a band of their calibre have been around less than five years, with Jake saying about their formation that: “Tony (Sutcliffe) has played guitar for years, I actually believe that he was born with one on his hands.

“When Joe (Martin) and I first got together Tony played in front of us and it all stemmed from there. We needed a vocalist and I’d always been praised for my voice and enjoyed doing it so though why not.

“It was after that, when we went to a Deadson’s gig that we met up with Rob (Neal) as we realised that we’d also need a drummer  – that was five years ago this summer. From that we started ‘destroying’ covers before getting our own studio and laying down tracks of our own.”

Now on tour across Yorkshire taking in their hometown of Sheffield as well as Doncaster and York the band visit Stockton for a night of fun with two trips to the capital for added good measure, several of which sees them supporting Billy Bibby and The Wry Smiles (formerly Catfish and the Bottlemen), Sabella are understandably excited to be out on the road.

(Unspoken, above video, and Jacob Lynch, below, are set to support Sabella later this month)

“We just want to do as many gigs as we can and playing to new audiences whilst trying to get new music out there at the same time,” continued Jake.

“Last year we supported Milburn (who will be playing this year’s Stockton Calling) at Sheffield’s O2 Academy which was certainly our biggest gig to date. They started up again last year and are a big band as it is with the show selling out in hours.

“Something like that certainly gives you fresh impetus to succeed and gave us a great insight into the grander side of the industry. Playing in front of big crowds like this is easy for me though as you can concentrate more on what you’re doing than if you were playing in front of say 50-60 people.

“I suppose that’s why we don’t do many here in Sheffield as we know we can pull good crowds here, we just like getting out and about and there’s a few places we’d like to perform such as Manchester & Newcastle.

“On this tour though we’ve even got two gigs in one day (May 27) where we play the Indiefields Festival in Edlington during the day then the Royal Standard in Sheffield on the night. Next year though we need to do some festivals but it’s difficult to get done what you want so just need to do what you can and keep looking forward.”

Having just finished the video for their latest single, Hang Me Dry, due for release in late April, Sabella will be releasing two more tracks, in June and August whilst gigging and stopping off at The Music Lounge along the way – tickets for which are available on the door priced at £3.

Scottish indie stars are an Open Book

Glaswegian indie-rock trio, Fatherson, released their second album, ‘Open Book’ to mass acclaim towards the end of last year, eclipsing the initial success that was created from their debut masterpiece, I Am An Island which came out two years prior.

Fronted by Ross Leighton (guitars and vocals) alongside Marc Strain (bass) and Greg Walkinshaw (drums) the trio, along with session guitarist Chris Platt, are presently embarking on a European tour which takes in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, France and Austria before a multi-date UK run that includes hitting Teesside in mid-March and Tyneside at the end of March.

With singles which include the debut First Born back in 2012 through to I Like Knowing in 2014 and their recent offering, Just Past the Point of Breaking last year, the lads have seen an astronomic rise in fortunes after their debut album went into the UK indie charts top 40 and peaking at number five in the iTunes alternative charts; then, last year, Open Book peaked at number 46 in the official UK charts and ahead of the likes of Bon Jovi and Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and the Stone Roses, Michael Jackson and many more.

“The first album (I Am An Island) was pretty fun and, having released a few EP’s, felt we could release an album and it just worked itself from there,” said vocalist Ross Leighton.

“We were rather apprehensive to begin with but, when things go well, it dissipates all of that which is where it left us. Then, eighteen months or so after releasing the first one we were doing a second – it affords self-confidence to go on and do more.

“The focus has always been on making albums for where we are at specific times in our lives but never really intended any of it. It’s just crazy and it’s amazing at the same time that it’s gone through what it has. Considering how we started, in the streets and pubs of Kilmarnock, to get to this, is pretty phenomenal really.”

With plenty still to add to the second half of this year, their current tour sees them on the road until early April and regional, north-east dates holding special meaning to the lads.

On March 11 they are at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough for the Kids are Solid Gold anniversary gig, before a trip to Newcastle University’s student union on March 31; the band also, in February 2016, toured with Tyneside powerhouses, Boy Jumps Ship, taking in venues across Liverpool, Nottingham, Brighton, Manchester and Newcastle.

Leighton added: “We’ve always had an affiliation with the north-east as there’s a fine commonality with the way people are, there’s similar qualities amongst nice people.

“We love Middlesbrough and there’s a great vibe there. Andy Carr, the promoter there, is a great person and has a strong fan-base of his own which is amazing. We’ve also been on tour with the lads from Boy Jumps Ship for a fortnight last year.

“That was fun as we’ve known each other for years so it was fantastic that we were able to do that with them.”

The UK dates for Fatherson will see them being supported, on the final leg, by Cambridge alternative-rockers, Mallory Knox, who, as a five-piece have just released their third album, Wired after their latest single, Giving It Up, was first aired on BBC Radio One.

Tickets for any Fatherson tour dates are available from www.fathersonband.co.uk where you can also purchase their album on CD, vinyl or digital download.

Social Room set to support From the Jam

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Featuring original Jam member Bruce Foxton, From The Jam rose like a phoenix in late 2006, touring in 2007 as the Jam legend added Townshend, Brzezicki and Watson at the same Rick Buckler and Russell Hastings were touring as The Gift, Hastings being the only frontman to work with both Foxton and Buckler.

Fast forward to 2017 and the lads are still doing what the do best with this year, this year is the same as they perform hits from their 1982 classic, The Gift (the sixth, and final LP release for The Jam). The album includes the classics’Town Called Malice’ and ‘Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?’

This September, at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, From the Jam will be ably supported by Sunderland’s up-and-coming indie band, Social Room.

The sextet from the banks of the Wear, fronted by Matty Smith, released their latest hit single, ‘Be Forever Mine,’ late last year. Smith is ably supported by Alex Gunn, Adam Potts, Adam Jefferson, Chris Leonard, and Simon Bewick, will bring their usual gusto and musical nous to the event.

A band spokesperson said: “The Jam are legends and we are over the moon to be supporting such icons of British music.”

Promoted by Steve Wraith and Danny Cox tickets for the event (on September 23) are available priced at £20 Entry and £50 VIP (includes meet & greet with From the Jam) from the Academy WEBSITE – Social Room will  have tickets shortly…..

ANNOUNCEMENT – Inside Mann to manage Social Room

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Wearside indie band, Social Room, have had a year to remember and it culminated with an impressive launch of the single Be Forever Mine at Independent Sunderland in mid-December. The single, the bands fourth release, came after a year which would see them appear at Lindisfarne Live and Stockton Calling as well as supporting The Bluetones; 2017 has already started strongly.

Alongside announcing appearances at this year’s Sunniside Live with The Farm and The Happy Mondays, and next month in a free event at the Bavaria Band Nacht in their hometown, they also announce taking on regional PR specialist Peter Mann in an early management capacity.

A statement from the sextet of Matty Smith, Adam Jefferson, Adam Potts, Simon Bewick, Chris Leonard and Alex Gunn said: “As a band we presently have a high demand from people wanting to know more about us and to see us perform.

“We came across Peter in the run-up to our single launch last year and he did a great job with the promotion of that. Having kept in touch we met up recently in Seaham and we felt that his ambitions meet our own moving forward and that he is in a perfect position to be able to handle the band’s affairs.”

Having produced PR for event management companies on Tyneside for the past five years as well as working closely with acts such as The Longsands, Twister, Scream of Sirens, international star Bumblefoot, and EGH Radio Rocks among others, Peter has the knowledge and contacts to make a success of the band.

He added: “I’ve picked up a few things including recognising talent from working alongside Steve Wraith and Danny Cox over the past few years.

“When the chance was presented to manage a band like Social Room I felt it was too good an opportunity to ignore. It’s a natural progression for anyone in the industry and, with the increasing contacts I have at my disposal, then it can only benefit the band moving forward.

“The music scene in the region is massive and I take great pride in having been a part of it for the past few years. Social Room are a fantastic set of lads, talented and have a bright future ahead of them so I’ll be looking to get them out as much as possible, not only here but elsewhere around the country whilst building their fan-base and social media presence.

“Personally I’d like to thank Stephen and Anne Lambert (EGH Rocks) and Natalie Conway (Electrify Events/PR) for their advice and guidance in making this decision and I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Enquiries regarding the band, media requests should be made to the manager via petermann78@hotmail.com

Longsands call it a day

The following statement has today been released by indie rock band, The Longsands.

Having released, in 2012 and 2016 respectively, ‘Meet Me in Spanish City’ and ‘Us & Them,’ two critically acclaimed albums the decision for a band who have supported the like of From the Jam, Ocean Colour Scene and recently celebrated four years of having been ‘In Session with Whispering Bob Harris on BBC Radio Two,’ was not taken lightly.

Consisting of Trevor Cox, Ian Barnes, David Stanyer, Callum Thompson and Paul Stephenson the band have said: “It is with heavy hearts today that we announce we have decided to call time on The Longsands.

“After a really exciting two years of recording and releasing our second studio album ‘Us and Them’ this quite rightly led us into talks about ‘where next?’ What quickly became clear is that 12 years on from when the band was formed, we all have very different lives and personal priorities, which have resulted in us now having quite different motivations for being a Longsand!

“When we formed The Longsands, we had a shared vision, a dream and a one for all, all for one commitment to the cause. This vision is no longer aligned and it’s nobody’s fault!  Life just sometimes takes people in different directions.

“We want people to remember The Longsands not only for our music, but for our ambition, dedication and belief in one and other. This is why calling time on it now is the right thing to do, out of respect for what the band meant and means to us and to so many people who have supported us over the last 12 years. Surely no one wants to see us fade away slowly!

(Longsands performing at The Cluny at their successful album launch in 2016 for ‘Us & Them’ courtesy of Alto Luz Photography)

“With this in mind, we are committed to going out with a bang! We will be preparing a very special farewell show in 2017 (details to be announced very soon). We will continue to promote ‘Us and Them’ and Unknown Soldier Records will continue to make all existing Longsands material available online.

“We want 2017 to be a celebration of the life of The Longsands, so we will be releasing some demos of unheard tracks that didn’t make it to release. We will also be releasing unseen video footage from gigs, tours and recording sessions over the last 12 years for you all to enjoy!

“There are too many people to personally thank in one statement so throughout 2017 we are going to run features on different people who deserve a huge thank you from us. For now can we just say thank you to everyone who has supported us, without you we would not have the wonderful memories we do!

“Let love rain on you! The Longsands”

More information on The Longsands and their farewell show later this year can be found either on Facebook or Twitter @the_longsands.

FEATURE: Longsands Year In Music (2012)

A year is a long time in anyone’s eyes and mind. In musical terms a lot can happen and times can change in the blink of an eye. When you are based in Tyneside and go by the name of The Longsands though, the rise and rise seems to be a continuous motion.

The five-piece, who hail mainly from Cramlington, on the outskirts of Newcastle, have been around for a good few years now (since around 2006), but it is only recently that they have gone full tilt into making their music matter. The only change in which they have had to really overcome arrived with the recent departure of Bass Guitarist, Gary Ormston, in late-November. His replacement came in the form of Callum Thompson.

The Indie Rock band though has had a year to remember, and a one that was predicted when they attended a talk-in with ‘Mad Frankie Fraser.’ The Gangland legend was quoted as saying back then that “the band has a great look and their music captures the way this generations feeling right now.

“I’m sure that they will do well and I’ll advise that people buy the album or I might have to pay them a visit.”

The album referred to was the soon to be released, ‘Meet Me in Spanish City’ which includes the classics such as ‘Little Britain,’ ‘Worlds Collide,’ ‘Affair in Manchester,’ and ‘Streets and Pavements,’ amongst numerous other well-versed tracks.

The year though began with the band supporting Simon Fowler, Oscar Harrison and Ocean Colour Scene when they were invited to perform at the second birthday bash for Factory 251 back in February. Including that outing, and by the time they appeared at The Cluny on the 9th December, the lads will have played some sixteen main gigs throughout the year of 2012, as well as appearing on weekly events in and around the Tyneside area.

March would see them perform at the O2 Academy in Newcastle as a support for CAST and was to be followed just three months later by their debut album launch gig at Newcastle University. The gig was to be a 90 minute set where they not only performed tracks from their album but also some new, unheard materials.

Ian Barnes, writer and rhythm guitarist for The Longsands, was quoted in an interview during the year saying that “we will put our all into the songs.

“They are ours and we love them.”

The album launch would be supported by that of The Bluetones and Ambershift. The year was getting better by the day.

Upon the final release of ‘Meet Me in Spanish City’ interviews would come thick and fast for Barnes and the rest of The Longsands – Trevor Cox, David Stanyer, Gary Ormston and Paul Stephenson. Interviews which included Purple Soul, Football Burp and Rocksucker amongst those with the usual named publications.

The year continued with their single, ‘Shut Your Mouth,’ gaining much welcomed airtime on BBC Radio 2 and was sharp followed by interest from the legendary Eurythmics guitarist and producer, Dave Stewart after he put a request out on the social networking site, Twitter, for a good support band when in Sunderland. Not surprisingly he would soon be inundated with messages suggesting that of The Longsands.

Album reviews would also come thick and fast, the lads were fast becoming the talk of the music industry, and rightly so, especially in the eyes of north-eastern musical aficionados.

The summer of 2012 would see the band announce their attendance at several festivals and which included the SKY fest Big Weekend in Edinburgh.

More recently the lads have also been back on BBC Radio 2, this time being invited to perform a live session for the masses.

Then there was the shock for followers of The Longsands, the departure of Bass Guitarist, Gary Ormston, ‘Gaz’. Upon the announcement of his impending departure, Gaz was quoted as saying that, “Unfortunately, on a personal level for me, as things continue to progress and the future prospects of The Longsands look brighter than ever, it is now time for me to hang up my boots (or bass, more specifically!).

“As some of you will know recent developments in my personal life and the demands of my job and the band over the next 12 months have made me reach this decision which, trust me, wasn’t one I’ve enjoyed doing or found particularly easy.

“Having been in The Longsands from the beginning, calling time on it has definitely made me appreciate what I have experienced. Pinching Bruce Foxton’s wine back stage on the FTJ tour, recording the album at stupid o’clock in the morning at the studio, the album launch night in June at Newcastle University and sharing various hideously coloured Travelodge’s across the country enjoying (or at times enduring!) minimal sleep and maximum alcohol consumption night after night!

“I’d like to sign off in style and take the opportunity to thank all the fans who have, and continue to make this all possible. My last gig as The Longsands’ official bass player will now be the DVD launch at The Cluny on Sunday 9th December, although I will remain close to the band and help out wherever I can.

“I’d appreciate it if as many of you as possible could make The Cluny show and join me in a beer or 10! I, more than anyone, want to see the band succeed and wish them all the best in 2013.”

This led to the search for a replacement, and, after strenuous auditions, Tynesider Callum Thompson, was successful in becoming Ormston’s replacement, if the term was to be warranted.  Upon his arrival with the band Thompson was quoted as saying that “’I’m a farmer’s son from the wilds of Seaton Sluice, brought up on Dire Straits, Rory Gallagher and Big Country. I picked up a guitar to impress the girls in school and found it only attracted the lads, stuck with it though!

“I have played guitar for 16 years now, played bass in The Din for 3 years. Recorded two albums at Trinity Heights and have performed at some awesome gigs around the region including The Sage. I have also worked on projects with Indria (traditional Indian music meets western stuff) I also play Banjo, guitar and ukulele.

“I’d like to thank the lads in the band for this opportunity and also wish Gaz the best of luck in the future.”

Now it is on to the show at The Cluny on the 9th December and then the eagerly anticipated first DVD, a live one at that, with the impending release of ‘The Longsands Live at Newcastle University’ due to hit music stores and beyond on the 12th December, just in time for Christmas, followed by a visit to Newcastle’s Think Tank where the band were deemed to be ‘unplugged’ in support of Echo & The Bunnymen and The Lightening Seeds. Several days after the band would be back again at the Think Tank, supporting Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon (Fowler) and Oscar (Harrison).

Continuance in the same vein will see The Longsands have an unforgettable 2013 that should, without question, eclipse the one they have just had in 2012.

You can follow The Longsands on Facebook and Twitter @the_longsands

Be Forever Mine Released At Independent

Sunderland certainly have something new and exciting to shout about as Indie Rock band, Social Room, successfully released their new single, Be Forever Mine, at Independent Sunderland at the weekend.

The six-piece, fronted by vocalist Matty Smith and consisting of Alex Gunn (bassist), Adam Potts (guitar), Simon Bewick (guitar) and Chris Leonard (keys), with the injured drummer, Sticks, being ably replaced by Tim Harker.

With support coming from Teesside band, Plastic, Independent was filling nicely by the time Social Room took centre stage, and what a performance they gave with debut single SR7 as much received as latest hit, Be Forever Mine was.

Not only did first and last go down well but others, One More Round, Great Escape and a very rousing rendition of Underworld’s Born Slippy added to what can only be described as exhilarating, thunderous, a classic show for the ages, was put out by Sunderland’s finest sextet.

The crowd were with the lads from the off and, as their set progressed, the vocal support increased peaking with football-esque chants of Social Room, chants the band not only played to, but increased their tempo of.

Looking towards an exciting new year these indie diamonds are certainly a one to watch with Be Forever Mine putting the band onto a new spectrum; if you’ve not seen them live then see them, if you have seen them then you certainly need to go back.

Social Room and Be Forever Mine were certainly not Born Slippy and if you want One More Round then Let Me See You Work It.

FEATURE: Longsands No Longer Standing In The Shadows

Following a brief spell in the wilderness, The Longsands are back with a new album and a string of UK shows in 2016. 
The band, originating from Cramlington in Northumberland, consists of Trevor Cox (lead vocals), Ian Barnes (guitar), David Stanyer (lead guitar), Paul Stephenson (drums) and Callum Thompson (bass).  They rose to dizzy heights after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Meet me in Spanish City’ in 2012; performing live on Radio 2, sharing the stage with Jools Holland and Ocean Colour Scene and receiving huge praise from the likes of Bruce Foxton and Dave Stewart. But what have they been up two for the last few years and why has it taken so long for new material? I caught up with The Longsands last week to find our more…
“It was the second I walked off stage having just performed to a sell-out crowd at the Dublin Academy for the second night in a row, I remember it like yesterday,” recalls Ian. 
“I walked straight out into the crowd and up the stairs to where my Mum and Dad were sitting.  I held my Dad’s hand and asked, ‘did you enjoy that mate?’ As he looked back at me proud as punch and smiled, I knew that this might be the last big show he’d see me perform at.” 
Ian’s Dad, had been diagnosed with Cancer just weeks before the band headed over to Ireland to tour with Ocean Colour Scene. 
“Paul was going through something very similar.  His Mam had taken ill just days before our tour with Ocean Colour Scene.  He was unable to come and we had to get replacement drummer Ian Richardson in last minute.  As you can imagine, this was taking its toll on us all and at a time when the ball had really started build momentum, the band just wasn’t the main priority.”
“Everything we were going through made us all take stock of our lives.  We’d been on the road touring and making records for 7 years nonstop!  Something had to give; I decided that I would not continue as a full time band member anymore.  Everyone was very supportive and we all agreed to put family and life before the band and take some time off.  Although none of us said it, I don’t think we thought we’d make another record at that point.”
Unfortunately Paul’s Mam and Ian’s Dad both lost their battles with cancer later that year. 
Fast forward to early 2015 and on a cold Tuesday night in Cramlington, The Longsands regrouped to discuss the making of a second album. One thing that tough times often bring with them is creativity, something this band have always had in hoards! Armed with an arsenal of new tracks Ian and Trevor had written during this period The Longsands were born again.
“We rattled through the songs and it was like we had never been away!  If anything we sounded better,” recalls Stan.  We decided very quickly that we should book some studio time and just go in and record them, live, raw and as a work in progress.”

The end result was stunning! At the back end of last year fans were finally treated to two new releases, both unique in their own right. The first was released days before the General Election and was entitled ‘Tomorrow we Vote,’ a classic track timed to perfection; although Ian insists it’s timing was completely coincidental! 

The second was the provocative ‘Standing in the Shadows,’ already a timeless classic having been performed at previous Longsands shows in the past but never recorded. Both feature on the upcoming album ‘Us and Them.’
“The mix sounds great and we’re really excited about it. The new album has an interesting element to it. We’ve just tried to write about what has been going on. The music and message is very ‘here and now’ and I think that it will be something people can relate to.” 

For lead guitarist David Stanyer the return signifies the magnitude and standing which The Longsands have on a national level adding: “We hadn’t seen each other or played together for quite a long time prior to the recording.”
“Some of the songs weren’t even finished and we were still writing them in the studio. But the vibe we got off each other being locked away for that week away from everything got us doing what we do best, being lads, having a laugh and playing great music!”
“It’s been a long time coming for us and the fans but I think it’s been worth the wait. It’s our second coming so to speak.”
It’s evident that The Longsands would love another run, with the album, the bands long-awaited second, and subsequent gig at The Cluny, hopefully being a catalyst for bigger days ahead.
After all, who could forget the challenges they laid out between late 2010 and early 2011 with the likes of Mike Tyson, Shay Given, the Newcastle Falcons et al remember them. It’s certainly crossing the minds of the lads and their manager Steve Wraith.
Vocalist Trevor Cox added: “I’d like to be able to get back out there and get onto national radio, like we did with Bob Harris, but we just need to keep things tight and give people a good show, after all that’s what they want. We may even play some tracks that nobody has heard before as well (at the gig).
“A lot of things have changed in all our lives but, saying that, I’d love to go on from this and make a third album; with having a strong team around us we feel there’s more credibility to what we have produced this time around on ‘Us & Them.’ I found it really encouraging to get all of the band together and we should be able to keep things going.”
What about ‘Us & Them’ though?
Longsands followers have waited a long time for new material which the new album brings, nearly four years have passed since the debut ‘Meet me in Spanish City’ was dropped with classics such as ‘Little Britain,’ ‘Streets and Pavements’ and ‘Bully.’
Now, with the new album fans will soon be raising the roof to ‘Standing in the Shadows,’ ‘Berlin,’ ‘Choices’ and more.
It’s certainly gearing up to be a night to remember, an unforgettable one where The Longsands live up to the prophecy from The People newspaper in that they are a “Newcastle band set to be huge.”
You can follow The Longsands on Facebook and Twitter @the_longsands 

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.