Future looks bright for winning band

TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor They're the EDP's Next Big Thing winners – and now ace Norfolk band The Pistolas are set to make a stir on the London scene.

TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor

They're the EDP's Next Big Thing winners – and now ace Norfolk band The Pistolas are set to make a stir on the London scene.

The four-piece outfit, which won the coveted EDP prize in November, have lined up a brace of prestigious London gigs and recorded a new four-track CD in their attempt to break through to the big time.

A studio session was part of the prize for the band – vocalist Simon Buller, guitarist Paul Dewbery, bassist Naomi Cousins and drummer Lee Bowyer – and they are hoping the new songs will help secure them a deal with a major label.


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The Pistolas have lined up a gig on Monday, January 17, at the Dublin Castle in Camden Town – a venue which helped launch the careers of the likes of The Clash and Madness – and will play their first London headlining date in February at the equally-famous Hope and Anchor in Islington.

With a new London-based manager, band members are keeping their fingers crossed that big label A&R managers will start to take notice of their high-energy music.

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Guitarist Paul said: “The recording session went really well and the CD sounds fantastic. Our song-writing has matured over the last few months – we think we've really found our sound now.”

Band members will spend coming months writing material and playing as many London-based gigs as possible, but hope to headline at Norwich Arts Centre in the spring.

The four-track CD – featuring Listen, Listen, Cut, A Thought From the Blind and My Little Spy – will initially be distributed to key London contacts to promote the band, but will be available for sale at local gigs later.

The band recorded the four songs during three days in the Trowse-based Purple Studios, and studio owner Richard Hammond was full of praise for the band.

“It's one of the strongest things we've done over the past year,” he said. “They've got the right image – and the right sound. They are very focused, know what they want and deserve to get a deal.”

Three other Next Big Thing finalists have notched up successes on the music scene. Melodic rockers Turnstone will be playing a London gig at The Water Rats at King's Cross today, January 15, while three-piece outfit Abyss recently won second place in the Young Musician of The East awards. Hethersett singer-songwriter Aleah Morrison also won an award in the competition.

t This year's Next Big Thing competition final will be staged on November 20. Entry details will be published in May.

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