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Video: Record contract for East Lancashire rockers New York Tourists
A BLACKBURN band has signed a three-year contract with a London record label after their raucous performance at Blackburn Festival.
New York Tourists headlined the Crow Wood Music Stage at Lancashire’s newest festival last month, and their loud and energetic set even pulled audience members away from other stages, creating a big crowd.
And unbeknown to the band, Mark Richardson, of Kittiwake Records, was one of the revellers cheering them on.
Frontman and guitarist Gary Taylor said: “We had no idea that he was in the audience.
“He is a friend of someone who was involved in the festival, and had come along to hand out flyers at the event, and check out some bands.
“He gave one to my mum, and she told him to come and watch us so, as with most things in life, we’ve got mum to thank.”
Gary’s fellow bandmates are Carl Rutherford, Lewis Lovett, both from Blackburn, and Adrian McKenzie, from Accrington.
They have been playing together since 2010 and cite their biggest achievements as supporting The View and Buzzcocks, at King George’s Hall, and playing the Kendal Calling festival, in Penrith, where they shared a stage with The Subways, Doves and Calvin Harris.
Mr Richardson said: “I was absolutely blown away by New York Tourists.
“I see a lot of bands in London that are all doing the same thing, but they have something totally different. We don’t come across bands like this often, and we think they have a really bright future ahead of them.”
Gary describes the band’s sound as ‘dirty rock ’n’ roll’, and names classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and ACDC as major influences, as well as his favourite band, modern rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
The three-year contract will first see the band release an EP in April, which is due to be recorded at Clitheroe Grand this week.
Gary added said: “We’re really excited by this. We feel like getting signed is the next step for us and will really push us forward.”
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