A NEW band from South Tyneside are raring to go – but are hoping to ‘drum’ up support to find a final member. The Daytona Riots, featuring Hebburn lads John Barker and Luke Andersen, formed earlier this year and are still looking for someone to beat the skins for them.
The rock and roll group have recorded a demo, which has received favourable feedback on local radio stations, and are itching to get out on the live circuit – but need a drummer first.
As well as guitarist Barker and singer Andersen, the band includes Newcastle-based Michael Cleland on bass and Aidan Keenan, also on guitar.
For the demo, they asked friend and local photographer Ian West to play drums, but because of his commitment to his day job, he couldn’t take on the role full-time.
Barker, 30, who is head of digital at South Shields-based Urban River Creative, said: “Ian was only ever going to play on the demo for us.
“What we wanted was to get three of our songs on record so other people could hear what we’re all about.
“We’re grateful for him helping, he’s been a pal for a long time, and the recordings sound great.
“Feedback from the songs has been brilliant so far, we’re on the playlist on Spark FM and have been asked to appear on other stations in the coming months.”
The demo was recorded at Sunderland’s Room3Recording studio by former drummer of The Golden Virgins Neil Bassett – now making waves as part of current buzz band Hyde and Beast.
The band’s influences include the Rolling Stones, The Hives and Oasis, as well as more obscure 60s bands from America, like The Sonics, The Seeds and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Offers of gigs are now coming in, but until they have a drummer they cannot sign up to any.
Anyone interested can contact the band by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The demo can be heard at www.thedaytonariots.com